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Seton Hill University Theatre’s ‘Cloud 9’ mines humor in classes

By Candy Williams
Student actors face a unique challenge as they prepare for the opening of Seton Hill University Theatre’s production of “Cloud 9” by British playwright Caryl …

The Rep’s offbeat ‘Souvenir’ keeps the laughter real

By Alice T. Carter
For most of us, Florence Foster Jenkins is a tiny footnote in the history of American music. But in the 1940s, she sold out Carnegie …

Carol Burnett’s busy schedule includes Jimmy Stewart Museum honor

By Alice T. Carter
By the time most entertainers turn 81, they’re content to rest on their laurels. Not Carol Burnett. For many, she is still most widely remembered …

Mountain Playhouse musical mocks mid-life maladies

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
Navigating midlife can be like riding a seesaw: While career advancement and home equity are building up, bodies and relationships may be breaking down. It’s …

Grant gives Pittsburgh Playhouse relocation a boost

By Chris Togneri and Tom Fontaine
Gov. Tom Corbett is expected on Monday to hand out a $4 million redevelopment assistance capital grant to support two more redevelopment projects in the heart of Downtown. That’s on the heels of the $5 million Economic Growth Initiative grant …

Review: ‘Book of Mormon’ musical still irreverently fun

By Alice T. Carter
“The Book of Mormon” is back in town this week with all its sassy insights and irreverent humor completely intact. By now, many of you …

‘Souvenir’ hits all the wrong notes for right reasons

By Alice T. Carter
Leave your depth-finder at home when you go to see “Souvenir.” There’s no hidden political agenda, deep message or allegory to be discovered and dissected, …

‘Addams Family’ lives up to rep as kooky good fun

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
From the finger-snapping theme song to the hand-clapping finale, Mon River Arts offers an amazing production of “The Addams Family.” The Grand Theatre in Elizabeth …

Stage Right’s original ‘Beauty’ gives heroine some spunk

By Candy Williams
The world premiere of an original full-length musical — the seventh created by Stage Right — opens the 15th season for the Greensburg-based professional theater …

State grant aids Heinz Hall renovation

By Tribune-Review
The $3.7 million renovation of Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts will get a $1.5 million state boost through an Economic Growth Initiative grant. The money will be used to improve handicap accessibility throughout the building and redesign Heinz Hall’s …

10 things to know about ‘Book of Mormon’

By Alice T. Carter
Here are 10 things you might want to know about “The Book of Mormon.” 1. The national tour of the musical “The Book of Mormon” …

Pict season expands, includes cabaret piece, world premiere

By Alice T. Carter
Pict Classic Theatre’s 2015 season is branching out with an additional play, a new schedule and an added location. The subscription season will expand to …

Upcoming classics and comedies abound onstage

By Alice T. Carter
William Shakespeare’s tragedies, Broadway’s hit musicals, an assortment of adventurous world premieres, two sports-related plays and some dependable classics will be part of the Pittsburgh …

Roberto Clemente story hits Pittsburgh stage in performance

By Alice T. Carter
“Clemente: The Legend of 21” puts the Pirates Hall of Famer’s story onstage in his adopted hometown. The drama with music will have three performances …

Opera options include competition, gala, rare Haydn work

By Mark Kanny
Before there was electronic multimedia, opera was the grand exemplar of combining art forms. Singing is the primary component of its expressive world, but it …

‘Oklahoma!’ sets bar high for theater season

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
As soon as patrons enter McKeesport Little Theater, they are greeted by people wearing cowboy hats to get the audience ready to be whisked away …

‘Addams Family’ should be lots of devilish fun

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
Does this scenario sound familiar — a family having a hard time accepting the reality that their daughter has grown up and fallen in love? …

Murder is a laugh in new Apple Hill Playhouse production

By Candy Williams
Fans of English mysteries, old “Pink Panther” movies and their leading funny-man detective Inspector Clouseau should find “Secondary Cause of Death” just their cup of …

Theatre Factory’s ‘Nunsense’ is homecoming, reunion all in one

By Candy Williams
Pittsburgh actor Rita Kelly performed the role of the Reverend Mother Regina in “Nunsense” in hundreds of performances before she moved to Ocala, Fla., eight …

Mountain Playhouse’s ‘Miss Daisy’ tells tale of unusual friendship

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
Some people spend a lifetime yearning for true friendship. Others have it foisted upon them. The latter is the case with Miss Daisy Werthan, an …