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East Liberty native steps off Broadway to bring ‘Kinky Boots’ home

By Alice T. Carter
After 23 years in professional theater, five Broadway shows, three single albums and multiple performances of his first one-man show, Billy Porter’s performance as Lola ...

‘Church Basement Ladies’ return to Mountain Playhouse for new musical comedy

By Debbie Black
The comical church-basement ladies return Aug. 4 to 16 to Mountain Playhouse for “Church Basement Ladies IV, A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement.” “It’s going to ...

Sun will set on St. Vincent season with the farce ‘Moon Over Buffalo’

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
Romantic love, love of family and love of the theater are all represented in Ken Ludwig’s heartfelt farce, “Moon Over Buffalo,” the final performance of ...

Apple Hill murder mystery aims to ‘keep audiences laughing, guessing’

By Candy Williams
Wayne Brinda of Freedom, Beaver County, comes full circle in his career as director of Alan Ayckbourn’s murder mystery, “It Could Be Any One of ...

Review: Pittsburgh CLO’s ‘Wedding Singer’ offers few surprises

By Alice T. Carter
If you loved “The Wedding Singer” when it was a 1998 movie or 2006 Broadway adaptation or a production at your local high school, you ...

Fairy-tale emperor gets new look in Apple Hill Playhouse production

By Candy Williams
Apple Hill Playhouse closes the curtain on its Johnny Appleseed Children’s Theatre season with a play about a royal who ends up making a unique ...

Springdale library play ‘Pages’ envisions world without libraries

By Debbie Black
A future without community-supported libraries will be explored as Springdale Free Public Library presents a one-act play on July 28. “Pages: A Library Play” is a staged reading with actors reading from a script as they act out the scenes. Debbie ...

Freeport native Ostrowski’s electric career has brightened many stages

By Alice T. Carter
You may be in the dark about who Andrew Ostrowski is. But if you frequent Pittsburgh’s performing arts scene, his work has almost certainly enlightened your ...

‘Wedding Singer’ rocks audience with blasts from the past

By Alice T. Carter
Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera celebrates Flashback Friday with the July 24 opening of its homegrown production of “The Wedding Singer.” The musical rom-com follows in ...

‘Footloose’ keeps audience on toes about larger lessons

By Candy Williams
Wedged between all the cool rock music jammed into “Footloose” is a story about teen challenges — and not only the most obvious one about ...

Here come the ‘Brides’ to Porter stage in Connellsville

By Barbara Starn
Get ready for toe-tapping, high-spirited fun as the Edwin S. Porter  Theater, Connellsville, presents “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” from Friday through Aug. 2. Director Ernie Watson says this musical is popular in southwestern Pennsylvania. “There’s a lot of singing and ...

Review: Pict Classic Theater cast brings life to wordy ‘Sharon’s Grave’

By Alice T. Carter
A vibrant, talented cast enlivens what would have otherwise been a long, word-filled night of theater. John B. Keane’s 1960 folk drama “Sharon’s Grave,” Pict ...

Lingerie elicits laughs in Mountain Playhouse’s ‘Nana’s Naughty Knickers’

By Debbie Black
Girls just want to have fun in “Nana’s Naughty Knickers,” which opens July 21 at the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown. The whimsical comedy by Katherine DiSavino, ...

Pict Theatre’s ‘Sharon’s Grave’ faces dark battle within us all

By Alice T. Carter
The man who wrote Pict Classic Theatre’s next production — “Sharon’s Grave” may be unknown to most Americans. But in Ireland, John B. Keane is famous. “Keane was one of the most popular and celebrated playwrights in Ireland,” says Aoife Spillane-Hinks, ...

Review: Opera Theater scores majorly with ‘Damn Yankees’ switchup

By Alice T. Carter
You may have seen “Damn Yankees” before. Since its 1955 Broadway debut, it has become a high-school musical staple, a 1958 movie and a 1995 ...

‘Fallout’ brings ‘Music that Matters’ to Oakland’s Twentieth Century Club

By Mark Kanny
Opera directors often look for ways to make old works relevant to our times. Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s Summerfest has taken the more holistic approach ...

Review: Kinetic Theatre’s ‘Sherlock’s Last Case’ finds the game afoot, and enjoyable

By Alice T. Carter
Following on its May production of Strindberg’s “The Dance of Death,” Kinetic Theatre closes out its two-play 2015 season with something lighter and funnier. “Sherlock’s ...

Review: Former co-stars shine in Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s ‘Gypsy’

By Alice T. Carter
Almost everything is coming up roses in Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s production of “Gypsy.” This venerable musical from the golden age of Broadway remains as vibrant ...

Trafford’s Theatre Factory brings talent, dance, jazz with ‘Chicago’

By Candy Williams
Mandie Russak, one of the leads in the Theatre Factory’s production of “Chicago,” says the show is full of everything that makes a musical unforgettable: ...

Soap opera actors reunite in Pittsburgh CLO’s ‘Gypsy’

By Alice T. Carter
For Kim Zimmer and Robert Newman, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s next production will give them an opportunity to revisit roles they have played before. No, they’re ...