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In Pittsburgh, to celebrate Shakespeare or not is the question on 450th celebration

By Alice T. Carter
If there’s a shortage of birthday candles this month, William Shakespeare may be to blame. On April 23, the Elizabethan poet and playwright will turn …

Quantum Theatre keeps its production of ‘Pantagleize’ moving, funny

By Alice T. Carter
Two popular sayings kept running through my head during “Pantagleize”: The Beatles’ lyric “You say you want a revolution?” and the cautionary warning, “Be careful …

Savoyards celebrates 75th anniversary of singing satire

By Alice T. Carter
There are lots of theater groups in the United States and elsewhere that devote themselves to performing the works of William S. Gilbert and Arthur …

‘Six Characters’ bridges reality and the stage world

By Candy Williams
A half-dozen unexpected visitors barge into a stage rehearsal in a production of a 1921 Modernist play by Italian dramatist Luigi Pirandello. It turns out …

Quantum Theatre’s ‘Pantagleize’ is bringing ‘all revolutions’ to stage

By Alice T. Carter
A farce that makes you sad, staged in a building behind a building, down a Point Breeze side street can only mean one thing: Quantum …

Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater program triples fun by tripling stories

By Kellie B. Gormly
Three classic childrens stories from author Leo Lionni will merge together to create one live stage production at the Byham Theater with “Swimmy, Frederick & …

High-school musicals: Plum, Valley, Ford City, Deer Lakes

By Joyce Hanz
The high-school musical season begins to wrap up with offerings that are sure to delight. In a classic farce with heart, set in New York …

City Theatre’s ‘Grounded’ raises troublesome questions

By Alice T. Carter
For a play organized around the drone — that most targeted of weapons — George Brant’s “Grounded” erupts with a scattershot blast of issues. This …

Real-life spouses find roles as Adam, Eve make show personal

By Candy Williams
The biblical story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden has special meaning for Vince and Rachael Tresco of Plum, who play the …

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ making Pittsburgh stop

By Tribune-Review
A Pittsburgh stop has been added to the new, national arena tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The revival of the 40-year-old Broadway musical was announced …

Point Park to offer scholarships to all Wilson competition finalists

By Alice T. Carter
Point Park University will offer scholarships to all finalists in the eight regional August Wilson Monologue competitions, as well as the top-three finishers in the national competition. Winners at the 6th annual Pittsburgh regional competition, held March 31 at Point …

Alle-Kiski schools present personalized takes on classic musicals

By Joyce Hanz
High school musicals are in full bloom across the Alle-Kiski Valley. Favorite characters from Rydell High are featured, as Burrell showcases the classic musical “Grease.” …

‘Nobody’s Home’ is a bedroom drama that plays out ... in bedrooms

By Alice T. Carter
When Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews comes to town, he doesn’t just ask friends if he can crash on their couch. He also wants to borrow their …

‘Grounded’ does more than drone on about modern pilots

By Alice T. Carter
The last few months have been pretty exciting for Cleveland playwright George Brant. Brant’s drama “Grounded” made its United Kingdom debut last summer at the …

‘Charlotte’s Web’ weaves an ensemble production

By Candy Williams
Sue Kurey is best known at the Theatre Factory in Trafford for her role as general manager, but she wears a new hat for the …

Rep’s ‘Vera Stark’ has a lot of ground to cover

By Alice T. Carter
Playwright Lynn Nottage shines a light on an often overlooked segment of Hollywood history in “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.” The comedy continues through April 6 at the Playhouse in Oakland as a production of The Rep, Point Park …

Pittsburgh Playhouse’s ‘Vera Stark’ opens up color barriers of the past

By Alice T. Carter
When Tome Cousin went to see “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” during its New York City run, he had no idea it would introduce …

‘Tribes’ is nuanced look at family talk

By Alice T. Carter
It’s not easy to warm up to the family depicted in “Tribes,” Nina Raine’s drama at City Theatre. For the most part, they’re a self-impressed …

‘An Iliad’ drives home a powerful tale

By Alice T. Carter
The Poet enters through an upstage door and almost immediately secures it against intruders. His clothes are rumpled, his suitcase battered. A toe peeks through …

St. Vincent theater sets summer lineup

By Alice T. Carter
St. Vincent Summer Theatre returns for a 46th season with three comedies and a musical revue. The season begins with “Heroes” (May 29 to June 14), the regional premiere of Tom Stoppard’s translation of French playwright Gerard Sibeyras’ comedy. Set …