Theater Arts

'Chicago' pros to head up CLO production

After nearly two decades on Broadway, six Tony Awards, countless national tours and a 2002 film adaptation that received six Oscars, "Chicago" gets a homegrown ...

Family values, ties pull heartstrings at St. Vincent production

An ambitious young man must choose between his career aspirations and family loyalty in the warm-hearted comedy "Over the River and Through the Woods." The ...

Physical aspect adds to the laughs at Apple Hill

Director Ron Ferrara's actors were warned: Things are going to get physical fast in the Apple Hill Playhouse production of "Sin, Sex and the CIA" ...

'Hamilton' dominates Tonys

NEW YORK — "Hamilton," the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton, was, as expected, vacuuming up Tony Awards on the telecast on Sunday, but it ...

Mountain Playhouse's 'Bikinis' musical brings Boardwalk fun to audience

An all-girl band reunites for a musical beach party as the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown opens its summer season June 14. "Bikinis, a New Musical Beach ...

Play offers lively twist on a classic tale

One of the most significant differences between the classic children's story of "Jack and the Beanstalk" and Apple Hill Playhouse's musical stage version by playwright ...

CMU grad vies for best actor in a musical Tony for 'Hamilton' role

At every performance, he brings to burning sensation the high drama and low-ball machinations that formed the core of Aaron Burr's flicker of life at ...

Split Stage's 'Spring Awakening' challenges viewers

A Tony Award-winning rock musical based on a controversial play "with cutting-edge ideas" set in late-19th-century Germany isn't typical community theater fare, according to Barbara ...

All-women theater troupe enlivens Ligonier

Melissa Zimmerman sang in the chorus of one musical during high school; now, she's the president of the Hollow Tree Players, a Ligonier-based, all-women theater ...

'Venus in Fur' titillates but leaves answers up to audience

Pittsburgh Public Theater concludes its 41st season with David Ives' sexy, funny, thought-provoking play "Venus in Fur." The two-actor comedic drama begins as Thomas, a ...

Stage Right Pittsburgh show features comic chaos

A boarding house full of comedians breaks into chaos when Stage Right Pittsburgh presents "Is There a Comic in the House?," its first show at ...

'Matilda' actor embraces gender flip for role, working with kids

David Abeles has discovered it's fun to be bad. He plays Agatha Trunchbull, headmistress of Crunchen Hall, who rules with an iron fist and lives by ...

High-school productions, performers honored at Kelly awards

A sold-out crowd gathered May 28 at the Benedum Center as Pittsburgh CLO honored Allegheny County's finest high-school performers at the 26th Annual Pittsburgh CLO ...

Front Porch Theatricals kicks off season with 'Spitfire Grill'

The musical's title, "The Spitfire Grill," might suggest you're about to see a light comedy of small-town hijinks wrapped around a country-western score — "The ...

Presenting 'BFG' posed challenges for Theatre Factory

At the same time the Walt Disney Co. is unveiling trailers for Steven Spielberg's adaptation of popular British author Roald Dahl's story of "The BFG ...

St. Vincent Summer Theatre's trip down 'Route 66' taps into nostalgia

A high-energy musical romp through the 1950s and '60s kicks off St. Vincent Summer Theatre's 48th season. "Route 66" follows the adventures of four young gas ...

Timeless humor of 'The Foreigner' returns to Apple Hill

Apple Hill Playhouse opens its summer season with a comedy that has become a modern-day classic, according to F.J. Hartland, who directs the show at ...

New Broadway role keeps Porter moving

Whatever Lola wants, Lola … got. And she certainly delivered for Pittsburgh native Billy Porter, who received multiple honors — including the 2013 Tony Award — ...

CLO Cabaret's complicated comedy 'The 39 Steps' keeps suspense going

Four actors playing 150 characters add up to an evening of theater that director Guy Stroman calls "an intricate piece, but great fun." The piece he's ...

Children's Theater Festival takes over Pittsburgh's Cultural District

It's a safe bet that parents and grandparents who bring their children and grandchildren Downtown this weekend will not hear the all-too-familiar complaint of kids: ...