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‘American Falls’ opens Barebones’ new permanent space in Braddock

By Alice T. Carter
After a dozen years of moving from space to space, Barebones Productions has found a home in Braddock. On May 14, the theater company founded and ...

City Theatre to begin six-play 2015-16 subscription season

By Alice T. Carter
City Theatre Company will begin its six-play 2015-16 subscription season with a trio of Pittsburgh premieres. “I am thrilled to bring these powerful new plays to Pittsburgh next year. All are captivating stories with gripping human moments — but also with ...

‘Beautiful,’ ‘Gentleman’s Guide’ to lead Pittsburgh Broadway series

By Alice T. Carter
With a fistful of current or recent Broadway titles and a pair of family-friendly classics on the schedule, Paul Organisak says the 2015-16 PNC Broadway ...

‘Ghosts’ an anomaly for Off the Wall productions

By Alice T. Carter
Since it began in 2007, Off The Wall Productions has staged dozens of contemporary plays. But the Carnegie-based theater company has never done a classic. True, ...

Seton Hill students tackle Sondheim’s classic ‘A Little Night Music’

By Candy Williams
Seton Hill University student actors are working on learning their lines for “A Little Night Music” — and they’re polishing their dance moves. “The choreography is ...

Pict’s restrained ‘Tree’ remains powerful

By Alice T. Carter
Half a block away from the opulent excesses of “The Phantom of the Opera,” Pict Classic Theatre is offering an equally excellent production that showcases the virtues of the “less is more” approach. With a cast of five, a stylishly minimalist ...

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s 2015-16 season includes lively works

By Alice T. Carter
Two Pulitzer Prize-winning dramas, a Tony Award-winning musical and a surprise are in the offing for the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s 2015-16 season. The six-play season will ...

Review: Latest version of ‘Phantom’ still thrills Benedum audiences

By Alice T. Carter
The production of “The Phantom of the Opera” playing at the Benedum Center might better be known as “Phantom 2.0.” In many ways, the national touring ...

Months of hard work go into musicals for Westmoreland County high schools

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
A good high-school musical provides its audience with an entertaining evening of singing, dancing and storytelling. What the audience doesn’t see is the nearly yearlong ...

Pittsburgh Opera’s ‘Sumeida’s Song’ tells tale of family betrayal

By Mark Kanny
Exploring adventurous repertoire is the mission of Pittsburgh Opera’s Second Stage Project. It complements the grand opera offerings at the Benedum Center by utilizing a ...

CLO’s ‘Boeing Boeing’ flies high after rough takeoff

By Alice T. Carter
Seven doors, four women and two Americans in Paris promise an infinite number of possibilities for comedy in “Boeing Boeing.” The farce playing through ...

Pict Classic Theatre shows audiences what it takes 'For the Tree to Drop’

By Alice T. Carter
Pict Classic Theatre will open its 19th season with a new play in a new location. “For the Tree to Drop,” written by Lissa Brennan, will ...

Armstrong troupe ‘Mother Gooses’ fairy-tale icons

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
Take a handful of Disney songs, add a hearty measure of traditional fairy tales and a pinch of classic movies, stir until smooth and what ...

‘Premiere’ rises, unscripted, to the challenge

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
For actors in a theatrical production, one of the biggest challenges might be remembering their lines. For the actors in “Premiere,” the challenge is that ...

Public Theater names Shakespeare contest winners

By Alice T. Carter
The results are in from Pittsburgh Public Theater’s 21st annual Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest. Seven students received awards for their performances in the Showcase ...

Veteran actor challenged by ‘Sweeney Todd’ role at Stage Right Theatre Company

By Candy Williams
Playing the infamous title character in Stephen Sondheim’s classic tale of “Sweeney Todd” is a first for veteran actor David Cabot of Edgewood. “I don’t do ...

PBS documentary explores life of ‘American Master’ August Wilson

By Alice T. Carter
A decade after his death, Pittsburgh playwright August Wilson (1947-2005) will be honored on PBS’ “American Masters” with the documentary “August Wilson: The Ground on ...

Theatre Factory’s ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ borrows from farce, opera, comedy

By Candy Williams
In playwright Ken Ludwig’s comedy, “Lend Me a Tenor,” opening this weekend at The Theatre Factory, the show must go on. When world-famous opera star Tito ...

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical ‘Phantom of the Opera’ gets makeover

By Alice T. Carter
When most producers embark on reworking a musical for a tour, they downsize. Not Cameron Mackintosh. As “The Phantom of the Opera” prepared to celebrate its 25th ...

Playwrights festival puts Pittsburgh center stage

By Alice T. Carter
Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company’s Festival in Black and White: Multicultural Edition offers rewards for playwrights and audiences. This festival shines a light on Pittsburgh’s diverse communities by soliciting scripts from playwrights from any and all cultural backgrounds. The only requirement is ...