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A&E notebook: City Theatre hires new managing director

By Tribune-Review
City Theatre’s board of directors has hired James McNeel as its next managing director. McNeel, who begins work Jan. 5, succeeds Mark R. Power, who …

Review: ‘Annie’ delivers standard lovable laughs, songs

By Alice T. Carter
Little Orphan Annie turns 90 this year. She and her unofficial godfather, Martin Charnin, have no plans for her to retire anytime soon. Why should …

‘SCarrie’ spoofs horror classic, but adds heart to the fun

By Alice T. Carter
Stephen King’s “Carrie” gets yet another life as the season opener for Bricolage Production Company’s “Midnight Radio” series. You may already know this much-bullied teen …

Original director seeks a restoration for new version of ‘Annie’

By Alice T. Carter
Director Martin Charnin has lost track of how many performances of “Annie” he has seen. “At one point, I tried to figure it out, and …

‘Rocky Horror’ takes center stage at Regent Square, Greensburg venues

By Alice T. Carter
If it’s nearly Halloween, it’s also time for fans of “The Rocky Horror Show” to do the “Time Warp” again. “The Rocky Horror Show” began …

Dysfunctional family tale hits home in Theatre Factory’s ‘Lost in Yonkers’

By Candy Williams
Some local actors are stepping out of their comfort zone for their roles in Neil Simon’s dramatic comedy “Lost in Yonkers,” opening Oct. 24 at …

CLO Cabaret’s ‘Murder for Two’ solves need for imaginative theater

By Alice T. Carter
When Joe Kinosian was cast in “Murder for Two,” he added a dozen roles to his resume — 13, if you count his additional duties …

Pittsburgh Ballet starts 45th season with classic ‘Sleeping Beauty’

By Mark Kanny
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will celebrate the opening of its 45th season with one of the jewels of its repertoire, a popular and iconic ballet it …

Bricolage’s ‘SCarrie!’ splashes together parody with cult classic

By Alice T. Carter
You may already know “Carrie” from Stephen King’s 1974 thriller, director Brian DePalma’s 1976 movie or the 2013 remake. Maybe you bought tickets to one …

‘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 …

‘Clue’ follows audience’s lead — to a point

By Ed Phillips
The price of admission to “Clue the Musical” buys more than just a seat in the audience. There may be a small role, as well. …

‘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 …

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 …