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Pict season expands, includes cabaret piece, world premiere

By Alice T. Carter 6:32 p.m.
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 …

‘Dixie’s Tupperware’ more like a play party popping with humor

By Alice T. Carter
Spend an evening with Dixie Longate, and you’ll never look at a Tupperware Cake Taker in the same way again. Dixie, created and performed by Los Angeles actor Kris Andersson, is back at the CLO Cabaret burping bowls and slinging …

Review: Corning offers wit and creativity in ‘Parallel Lives’

By Mark Kanny
“Parallel Lives,” a new work by Beth Corning, is enchanting dance theater that offers a witty and rueful look at partnering in a contemporary context. The Sept. 10 premiere at the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side lasted just …

‘Of Mice and Men’ retains its power in Pittsburgh Playhouse show

By Alice T. Carter
The world has changed a lot since John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” first appeared in print in 1937 as part of a collection of …

Review: First-rate cast shines in Pict Classic Theatre’s ‘Sons of Ulster’

By Alice T. Carter
For most who see Pict Classic Theatre’s “Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching to the Somme” without a solid knowledge of Irish history, Frank McGuiness’ drama may seem nothing more than an homage to national patriotism. But those who arrive …

Founding family moving on  from Little Lake theater

By Alice T. Carter
After 22 years of running Little Lake Theatre Company, Sunny Disney-Fitchett and her husband, Robert Fitchett, are bowing out as its artistic and managing directors, …

‘Newsies’ national tour to star McMurray native

By The Associated Press
The North American tour of the Broadway hit “Newsies” is about to high-kick its way from coast to coast, led by a 22-year-old actor who’ll make a triumphant homecoming in Pittsburgh just in time for Thanksgiving. Dan DeLuca will be …

Director seeks to highlight nobility of ‘Mice and Men’ at Pittsburgh Playhouse

By Alice T. Carter
Robert A. Miller is best known to Pittsburgh audiences as a director of the dark side. He generally directs at least one show a year …

WWI drama at Charity Randall Theatre centers on friendship, sacrifice of 8 Irishmen

By Alice T. Carter
Joseph Stalin may or may not have said, “One death is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.” Regardless of who said it, …

New ‘Late Nite Catechism’ show a safe bet for City Theatre

By Alice T. Carter
You may have a better chance of getting into heaven than getting a seat for “Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice.” A …

Apple Hill’s ‘Squabbles’ reteams popular pair in domestic comedy

By Candy Williams
Veteran actors Dennis “Chip” Kerr and Shirley  Ratner of Greensburg showed audiences the beauty of a comfortable, loving relationship in last year’s production of “On …

Sketch comedy’s Pajama Men bring absurdist hilarity to City Theatre shows

By Alice T. Carter
The sketch-comedy team known as the Pajama Men will begin a two-week run of their new show “Just the Two of Us” on Aug. 27 …