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Review: Riveting lead boosts Pittsburgh Opera’s slow-paced‘Carmen’

By Mark Kanny
Slow pacing kept Pittsburgh Opera’s current presentation of “Carmen” from taking flight, despite a generally excellent cast on March 24 at the Benedum Center, Downtown. The ...

‘Beauty and the Beast’ back in Pittsburgh for 4th run

By Alice T. Carter
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” will make its fourth Pittsburgh appearance March 31 through April 5 as a non-subscriber presentation of the PNC Broadway Across ...

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‘Endless Lawns’ peeks beneath careful facade

By Alice T. Carter
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” the writer Leo Tolstoy famously opined. He might have added that those ...

‘Dial “M” For Mother’ a tasty murder-mystery fundraiser

By Joyce Hanz
Murder-mystery dinner theater has become a popular choice for an evening outing. Through an interactive experience, guests get to use their sleuthing skills to solve a whodunit scenario. Leadership Alle-Kiski Valley will host the murder-mystery fundraiser “Dial ‘M’ For Mother” on ...

Petite Players’ ‘Peter Pan Jr.’ gets local boost in Elizabeth Forward grad

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
For many years, Nathan Hough has been involved with theater locally and in the Greater Pittsburgh area. He’ll make his Grand Theatre directorial debut in ...

Pitt-Greensburg comedy adds Steampunk style to ‘Jekyll and Hyde’

By Cynthia  bombach Helzel
The classic tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will be retold with a twist in the Pitt-Greensburg Theatre Company’s spring production of “Chemical Imbalance: ...

CAPA students awarded scholarships for winning August Wilson contest

By Alice T. Carter
Three students from Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts school have received scholarships and a chance to compete in the national August Wilson Monologue Competition. Open to ...

‘Gatsby’ being brought to life at Uniontown’s State Theatre

By Linda Harkcom
Montana Repertory Theatre will bring a stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby” to life Saturday on the stage of the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Uniontown. Erica Miller, State Theatre executive director, said response to ...

Wordplay fuels fun in Greensburg Civic Theatre’s Greasepaint Players’ fairytale spoof

By Candy Williams
Some of the characters in Greensburg Civic Theatre’s Greasepaint Players’ production of Steph DeFerie’s fantasy spoof, “The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel,” ...

KidWorks’ ‘James’ keeps show all in the family in Trafford

By Candy William
British author Roald Dahl has been gone for 25 years, but his vivid imagination lives on in the children’s stories he wrote, including his best-known ...

Pittsburgh Opera’s ‘Carmen’ hits so many high notes

By Mark Kanny
Carmen is mesmerizing —  the woman and the opera built around her. The opera’s composer, Georges Bizet, died three months to the day after the ...

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s ‘How I Learned’ fitting tribute to Wilson

By Alice T. Carter
The spirit and soul of August Wilson is in residence at the O’Reilly Theater, Downtown. Before he died in 2005, Wilson and his assistant, friend and ...

Demaskus Theater Collective opens two-play season in Pittsburgh

By Alice T. Carter
After a nine-year run of productions in Los Angeles, Manhattan and Pittsburgh, the Demaskus Theater Collective is settling down here with its first two-play season. Performances ...

New Kensington theater’s ‘Virginia Woolf’ takes dark look at marital strife

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
Bickering couples are perennial fodder for stage and screen. Playwright Edward Albee pushed the genre toward a psychologically complicated extreme in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia ...

Little Lake Theatre’s new management team announced

By Tribune-Review
Roxy MtJoy and Bob Rak will succeed Sunny Disney Fitchett and Robert Fitchett as the new management team at Little Lake Theatre. The Fitchetts announced in September they would be retiring after 22 years of running the North Strabane theater company ...

Review: ‘Elemeno Pea’ polishes a lesson your mom taught you

By Alice T. Carter
Money may not buy happiness, but it surely does make misery a lot more comfortable and attractive. “Elemeno Pea” takes City Theatre audiences into the lives of the incredibly wealthy and entitled in this often funny drama that looks at what’s ...

‘Boeing Boeing’ extended at Pittsburgh’s CLO Cabaret

By Tribune-Review
Because of popular demand, “Boeing Boeing” has been extended at the CLO Cabaret through May 10. The farce, set in the ’60s at the beginning of the era of jet-set travel, had been scheduled to close April 26. The storyline follows a ...

Review: Robbins’ humor shines in opening piece of ‘PBT Premieres’

By Mark Kanny
No enchanted forests, life-size dolls that dance or magic potions were to be seen at the Benedum Center, Downtown, on March 6. Instead “PBT Premieres” ...

‘Elemeno Pea’ is snapshot of where classes collide

By Alice T. Carter
The summer after she graduated from the Juilliard School with a bachelor’s degree in English, playwright Molly Smith Metzler moved to Martha’s Vineyard and got ...