Theater Arts

'Rake's Progress' a compelling tale with a superb cast

Sixty-five years after its world premiere and 63 years after its U.S. premiere, Igor Stravinsky's opera "The Rake's Progress" finally received its due locally when ...

Student stars again take to the Palace stage

By day, John Noble is a Greensburg mediation and arbitration attorney who, three weeks ago, was elected president of the Westmoreland Bar Association. By night — ...

'Rake's Progress' combines talents of Stravinsky, Auden and Hockney

Once again, Pittsburgh Opera has saved its most adventuresome staging for the end of the season with the celebrated David Hockney production of "The Rake's ...

Tune in for autobiographical peek of Broadway great

It has been more than 30 years since Broadway audiences last got to appreciate Tommy Tune, the beloved long, tall Texan, in "My One and ...

Public Theater's 'Tru' a portrait of infamous author

After directing one-man dramas about Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Steelers owner Art Rooney Sr., director Ted Pappas thinks he knows what makes these ...

Cirque's 'Avatar'-inspired 'Toruk' show visiting Pittsburgh

A new Cirque du Soleil touring show, "Toruk — The First Flight," will be presented from June 22 to 26 at Consol Energy Center, Uptown. The ...

Barebones founder excited to stage 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'

Founder and artistic director Patrick Jordan knows the mission of Barebones Productions is to create thought-provoking, cutting-edge theater not previously or recently produced in Pittsburgh. But ...

2nd Shakespeare tribute set to celebrate the Bard across Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks will present its second annual "Week of Will" from April 23 to 29 at several city sites. The celebration includes an ...

Theatre Factory's 'Midlife!' highlights a funny, scary time for most people

Some people in their 40s and 50s — especially those who have started to experience the side effects of aging —would argue that there's nothing ...

From Seton Hills students, 'Good Person' looks at what it takes to avoid evil

Can a good person remain good in a world where people are selfish, greedy and corrupt? German playwright Bertolt Brecht challenges audiences to contemplate the question ...

City Theatre production lobs a look at competitive world of tennis

For tennis newbies, and even some longtime fans, deciphering its rules and language is almost as difficult as perfecting a killer backhand. Who would name a ...

Shows still debut despite 'Hamilton' juggernaut

The man of the moment on Broadway is, without question, Alexander Hamilton. With all the hoopla and hubbub, it's tempting to think all the other ...

Fringe Fest to feature lots of performances

The third Pittsburgh Fringe Festival will take place April 15 to 17 at several sites in the North Side. Fringes, started in 1947 in Scotland, are ...

Stage Right takes on always-contemporary 'West Side Story'

Stage Right finishes out its current professional season this week with a contemporary love story, the popular Broadway musical "West Side Story." With music by Leonard ...

For troupe, Big Bad Wolf is merely misunderstood

Who's afraid of the "Big Bad Wolf"? In a children's production by Windmill Theatre, a professional performing arts company based in Adelaide, Australia, the answer ...

Production sets Ibsen's 1892 masterpiece in 1958

A once forward-looking office building with a troubled past, spectacular views of present-day Pittsburgh and a renovation plan that looks to the future is the ...

Police question man for second time over Wilkinsburg slayings

Allegheny County police again have questioned a man about a massacre last month in Wilkinsburg that killed five adults and an unborn child. They also ...

PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh sets 2016-17 schedule

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced its 2016-17 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh season. All performances, except where noted, will take place in the Benedum Center for ...

'Sound of Music' remains pleasing experience

When the musical's title is "The Sound of Music," the musical performances ought to be clear and satisfying. The national touring production of this beloved 1959 ...

Review: City Theatre's 'Sex With Strangers' offers food for thought on connected world

By almost any measure, "Sex With Strangers," which opened March 18 at City Theatre, should be a big box-office hit. First of all, there's that red-hot ...