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Review: ‘Last Five Years’ gets by on musical talents

By Tom Scanlon
So, this is what we’ve come to: Selfies, the musical. “The Last Five Years” is — technically — a musical romance. And just like your mother’s ...

St. Vincent’s ‘Wonderettes’ mix nostalgia with ’50’s, ’60’s hits

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
St. Vincent Summer Theatre will open its 47th season May 28 with “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” a nostalgic musical that takes audiences back to the 1950s ...

Apple Hill Playhouse’s ‘Butterflies’ twists a coming-of-age story

By Candy Williams
Terri Bowser says moms will relate to her character in Apple Hill Playhouse’s season-opening production, “Butterflies Are Free.” “My character is overprotective with her son ...

Bridgeville native to perform in ‘Mary Poppins’

By Dona S. Dreeland
Connor McRory is back in Pittsburgh, and he’s tapping away, building a career. The Bridgeville native, a recent graduate of Penn State University’s musical theater program, ...

Review: Bricolage’s ‘Saints Tour’ is creepy, on-the-move theater

By Tom Scanlon
Most of the time, when you show up to the theater, you’re handed a program, then find your seat in a quiet theater, sit back ...

New Hazlett’s ‘Last Five Years’ aims to be musical with heart-wrenching depths

By Deborah Weisberg
Sometimes, a couple gets into trouble because they come at the relationship from opposite directions. That’s basically the hook behind Tony-award winning playwright Jason Robert Brown’s ...

Quantum sets 25th anniversary season

By Tribune-Review
Quantum Theatre’s 25th anniversary season will welcome back some collaborators of the past and introduce a few new ones. The 2015-16 season also will see ...

Review : Barebones’ ‘American Falls’ tames brutal moments with comedy

By Tom Scanlon
“American Falls” is savage and ugly and brutal and disgusting. And you may love every minute of it. This is not a call to sadists, but to ...

City Theatre’s ‘Midsummer’ actors excel but script can’t keep pace

By Tom Scanlon
With the solstice fast approaching, City Theatre cranks up “Midsummer.” No, not that one. Rather than the 400-year-old farce, this is David Greig and Gordon McIntyre’s 2008 effort, subtitled “A Play With Songs.” This Scottish duo’s effort will come as a complete ...

Show will go on as ‘Fences’ director heals

By Tribune-Review
Mark Clayton Southers, founder of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, is expected to make a full recovery after being injured in a car accident May 11 ...

Pittsburgh’s City Theatre’s ‘Midsummer’ wrap-up not conventional

By Deborah Weisberg
City Theatre will wrap up its 40th anniversary season with a two-actor “play with songs.” “Midsummer,” written by David Greig and indie musician Gordon ...

New Ken Civic Theatre actors play multiple roles in ‘Leading Ladies’

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
For its final show of the season, New Kensington Civic Theatre presents a flamboyant comedy of harebrained schemes, false identities and mismatched suitors. The fast-paced ...

Pittsburgh CLO announces 2015-16 Cabaret Series

By Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera has three comedies planned for it 2015-16 Cabaret Series. The season kicks off with “Altar Boyz” (Sept. 24 to Dec. 20). The musical comedy features a fictional Christian boy band on its “Raise the Praise” tour. The ...

Pittsburgh’s City Theatre announces final three shows for 2015-16 season

By Tribune-Review
City Theatre has announced the final three shows selected for its six-play 2015-16 season. The three are all Pittsburgh premieres, and the historical drama “Some Brighter Distance” by Keith Reddin also is a world premiere. “Choosing a season is one of ...

Nominees announced for Pittsburgh CLO Kelly awards

By Tribune-Review
Nominees were announced this week for the 25th annual Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Gene Kelly Awards, which honor student achievement in musical theater performances at 30 high schools in Allegheny County. Over the past three months, a panel of judges has ...

‘Hello, Dolly!’ brings classic show to Elizabeth’s Grand Theatre

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
When it comes to classic musical theater, one of the shows that tops the list is Jerry Herman’s “Hello, Dolly!” The show will be brought to ...

High-school musical ‘Stars’ take over Palace Theatre in Greensburg

By Candy Williams
Tickets to the hottest Broadway play might be easier to come by than tickets for “Westmoreland Night of the Stars.” As in years past, John Noble’s ...

Review: Upbeat rhythms, strong performances lend pep to a bitter ‘Brel’

By Catherine Artman
“Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” has been around for nearly as long as Brel was. The Belgian singer-songwriter died in 1978 at age 49; the show originated off-Broadway in 1968. The entertainment is a collection of ...

Chinese dance helps promote cultural connections

By Rachel Weaver
Inside a Ross dance studio, students of all ages leap and stretch while waving vibrant streamers, lanterns and fans, their costumes creating a moving rainbow ...

Sibling directors from Squirrel Hill help each other out

By The Associated Press
When you’re a respected, Tony-winning director and choreographer, who do you turn to for a second opinion? If you’re Kathleen Marshall, you go to your older brother, Rob. The Marshall siblings, who grew up in Squirrel Hill, have had a ...