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Bricolage’s new plays ‘In The Raw: (R)evolution ’ risky, but maybe rewarding for audiences

By Alice T. Carter
Ask Bricolage’s producing artistic director Tami Dixon what the two new plays opening on Aug. 21 at the company’s ‘In the Raw: (R)evolution” are about, …

New Hazlett Theater’s ‘Parade’ has history, message and tradition

By Alice T. Carter
The ghost of Leo Frank has been haunting Benjamin Shaw since he was a teenager. Shaw first learned about Frank when he saw “Parade” in …

Trafford’s Theatre Factory brings the Bard to kids

By Candy Williams
The Theatre Factory brings Shakespeare to its youngest audiences with a children’s musical adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” In “A Kidsummer Night’s Dream,” written …

Lauren Bacall, sultry-voiced actress, dead at 89

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Lauren Bacall, the slinky, sultry-voiced actress who created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in “To Have and Have Not” and “The Big …

Review: Quantum’s ‘Tamara’ is exercise in theater

By Alice T. Carter
Guests at Gabriele d’Annunzio’s Italian villa will find it’s definitely not a relaxing weekend in the country. The setting for “Tamara,” Quantum Theatre’s latest and …

Freeport Theatre Festival plots murder in ‘Ten Little Indians’

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
A nursery rhyme becomes the script for a diabolical murder plot in “Ten Little Indians,” an Agatha Christie mystery slated for the last three weekends …

Quantum Theatre gets ambitious for ‘Tamara’

By Alice T. Carter
In what could be its biggest production ever, Quantum Theatre will stage John Krizanc and Richard Rose’s “Tamara” in 15 locations on three floors of …

‘Suite Surrender’ farce reunites 2 Apple Hill Playhouse veterans

By Candy Williams
Apple Hill Playhouse whisks its audiences back in time to the 1940s with “Suite Surrender,” a celebrated farce by Michael McKeever that reunites two Apple …

Apple Hill Playhouse’s ‘Puss-in-Boots’ encourages young actors to use imaginations

By Candy Williams
There are “no adults allowed,” at least not onstage, as Apple Hill Playhouse concludes its Johnny Appleseed Children’s Theatre summer season with a production of …

Kelly Strayhorn Theater leader beats drum for stretch of Penn Avenue

By Bill Zlatos
Janera Solomon walks from her office at Alloy Studios in Friendship down Penn Avenue, past afternoon shoppers and busy construction workers. She stops at North …

‘Tuesdays’ promises uplifting look at life in shadow of death

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
Sportswriter Mitch Albom was single-mindedly pursuing his career when he happened to see his former sociology professor Morrie Schwartz speaking with Ted Koppel on “Nightline.” …

Review: Pittsburgh CLO crowds should love this gem of a ‘Spam’ a lot

By Alice T. Carter
Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera closes out its 2014 summer season with a hilarious and engaging production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” The Broadway musical, as any …

St. Vincent Summer Theatre revue celebrates love, Rodgers and Hammerstein

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
Love in all its phases is the theme that binds “A Grand Night for Singing,” a musical revue that recasts more than 30 Rodgers and …

‘Spamalot,’ a musical passionate about silliness

By Alice T. Carter
Marc Robin has been a fan of Monty Python films since he was a youngster growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He watched “Monty Python …

Strong Kinetic Theatre cast keeps laughs in timely ‘Romance’

By Alice T. Carter
With the recent flare up of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict a hot item for talk-show pundits, newscasters and print journalists, Kinetic Theatre Company could not have …

Review: Strong dancing saves Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s ‘Cats’ from its aged self

By Alice T. Carter 9:01 p.m.
According to lore, cats have nine lives. So far, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera has offered Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” eight lives as a producer or …

This ‘Maide Marian’ means business at Delmont’s Johnny Appleseed Children’s Theatre

By Candy Williams
All’s not well in legendary Sherwood Forest. Maide Marian is making life miserable for hero Robin Hood and his “band of merry men,” who aren’t …

Summerfest’s ‘Ariadne’ rides crest of superbly blended talents

By Mark Kanny
A transporting operatic performance is more than an assembly of successful elements. The Opera Theater Summerfest performance of “Ariadne auf Naxos” by Richard Strauss on …

Jennerstown’s Mountain Playhouse looks to dole out laughs with ‘Money’

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
The wordplay of British comedy meets the physical comedy of farce in “Funny Money,” taking the stage for the next two weeks at the Mountain …

Celebrity kitties purr for starring roles in ‘Cats’

By Alice T. Carter
Since its 1981 London debut, “Cats” has more than lived up to its “Now and Forever” advertising slogan. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical played almost …