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‘Forever Plaid’ launches Civic Theatre season

By Candy Williams
A feel-good musical in four-part harmony will open the 63rd season for Greensburg Civic Theatre. “Forever Plaid” takes audiences back to the 1950s, when boy …

‘Chorus Line’ a kick for new generation

By Alice T. Carter
A new generation of kids will get an opportunity to join the line when students from Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s Richard E. Rauh Conservatory Theater Company …

Message of self-acceptance coming to Pittsburgh-area stages with ‘Skippyjon Jones’

By Kellie B. Gormly
Cats, noted for their pride, usually don’t have an inferiority complex about being cats. But not the fictional Siamese kitten  Skippyjon Jones, who wants to …

City Theatre offers sweet, supportive take on Shanley’s ‘Outside Mullingar’

By Alice T. Carter
Those who know John Patrick Shanley are most likely familiar with him for his drama “Doubt: A Parable,” which earned him a Pulitzer and a …

Review: Pict’s ‘Macbeth’ doesn’t rise to ultimate heights

By Alice T. Carter
Shakespeare’s dark tale of reckless ambition and murder gets an even darker reading in Pict Classic Theatre’s “Macbeth.” Director Alan Stanford, scenic designers Michael Thomas Essad and costume designer Michael Montgomery created a spare, sharp edged and very black world …

City Theatre’s ‘Outside Mullingar’ is classic Irish theater on the edge

By Alice T. Carter
With some plays, the pleasure is in the ending, the outcome, the destination at which you arrive. Others, such as “Outside Mullingar,” the fun is …

‘Barely Heirs’ is all there when is comes to farce

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
A million dollars hangs in the balance for single-girl Jane, who would inherit the money from her uncle if she could just find a husband …

Pittsburgh CLO to bring ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Kinky Boots’ to town

By Alice T. Carter
Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera puts on its dancing shoes for a 2015 summer season that includes two musicals where footwear is the focus. The six-show …

Scottdale theater set to stage ‘Young Frankenstein’ musical

By Marilyn Forbes
Many movie fans can quote line after line of the wonderfully entertaining Mel Brooks classic “Young Frankenstein” from 1974, and fans were especially delighted when …

Review: Pittsburgh Public Theater delivers grim, gripping ‘Menagerie’

By Alice T. Carter
Pittsburgh Public Theater is celebrating its 40th birthday with a return to the past. The season opened Oct. 10 with “The Glass Menagerie,” the first …

Pict Classic Theatre takes on Shakespeare’s back-stabbing ‘Macbeth’

By Alice T. Carter
“Macbeth,” William Shakespeare’s shortest work, is tightly crammed with witches and warriors, murders and betrayals, treachery and incautious ambition. “It is a play about warriors …

Actress takes on Williams’ classic character in ‘Glass Menagerie’

By Alice T. Carter
For actress Lynne Wintersteller, 2014 has included a trifecta of strong mother roles. She started off the year as the no-nonsense Mother Superior in the …

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 …