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Money troubles force Pict to cancel ‘Tempest’

By Alice T. Carter
Hit by a financial tempest of its own, Pict Classic Theatre has cancelled its production of “The Tempest,” which had been scheduled to open Oct. 10 in the Charity Randall Theatre in Oakland. Despite the efforts of the board and ...

Rivalries, attractions source of comedy in ‘Country House’ at The Rep in Oakland

By Alice T. Carter
Anyone who has spent time around actors and other theater artists knows that gathering them together for an extended visit in a country house is ...

Pict Classic Theatre’s ‘Educating Rita’ explores the lust for knowledge

By Alice T. Carter
With Pict Classic Theatre’s 12-year relationship with the University of Pittsburgh coming to an end, the company’s artistic and executive director Alan Stanford thought it ...

Stage Right to close curtain at O’Hara center with ‘Spelling Bee’

By Bobby Cherry
B-O-Y-D. Boyd. It might be an easy word to spell, but this month’s Stage Right production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” marks the ...

Rock, country stars sign on for ‘SpongeBob’ Broadway musical

By Chicago Tribune
With an original score by such incongruous music luminaries as David Bowie, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper, Lady Antebellum, and Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, the animated series “SpongeBob SquarePants” is to become a Broadway musical during the 2016-17 ...

Second City performer Schrek’s whole life plan has been improvisational

By Alice T. Carter
When deciding on where to spend their junior semester abroad, most college students head for places like London, Florence or Beijing. Adam Schreck chose Chicago. While others ...

Review: Lovely performances bring ‘Piazza’ to life

By Alice T. Carter
“The Light in the Piazza” is a musical drama that can’t quite make up its mind. When Becki Toth’s Margaret is singing near-arias, such as “Dividing ...

Pair of producers back line of theater books

By The Associated Press
It happened — as good ideas often do — over a round of cocktails. Roberta Pereira and Brisa Trinchero, two rising Broadway producers, had just met and hit it off, bonding over their mutual love of the stage and books. ...

Front Port Theatricals’ ‘The Light in the Piazza’ challenges audience, performers

By Alice T. Carter
Stephen Santa likes to direct shows that offer challenges. “You always want to find a project that is challenging, because, as an artist, you always want ...

Apple Hill Playhouse’s ‘Baby’ reunites veteran Greensburg actors

By Candy Williams
Greensburg’s Dennis “Chip” Kerr and Shirley Ratner are together again in Apple Hill Playhouse’s staging of the Ken Ludwig comedy “Be My Baby.” The veteran actors ...

Carnegie Mellon theater handed top honors by Princeton Review

By Tribune-Review
Carnegie Mellon University was chosen as the school with the best college theater by the Princeton Review, which collected reviews from 136,000 students at top colleges. Students were asked to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on ...

Wayne Brady will take over Billy Porter role in Broadway’s ‘Kinky Boots’

By The Associated Press
Wayne Brady is about to get freaky — on Broadway. Producers of the hit musical “Kinky Boots” said the “Let’s Make a Deal” host will step into the high heels of the cross-dressing Lola starting Nov. 21. It is his ...

Review: Villains steal the show in Pittsburgh CLO’s ‘Cinderella’

By Alice T. Carter
With apologies to Rodgers & Hammerstein, the question that keeps running through my mind after seeing the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera presentation of “Cinderella” is, ...

‘Hay Fever’ wraps up season for Freeport Theatre

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
Freeport Theatre Festival puts the grand finale on its 2015 season with “Hay Fever,” a classic Noel Coward comedy based on the playwright’s real-life weekend ...

Theatre Factory closes season with ‘Wardrobe’

By Candy Williams
The Theatre Factory in Trafford closes its current KidWorks season in grand style with the staging of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Based on ...

Billy Porter joins cast of ‘Shuffle Along’ Broadway musical

By Alice Carter
Add Billy Porter’s name to the star-studded list set to perform in the upcoming Broadway musical “Shuffle Along.” Porter, an East Liberty native and Tony Award ...

Walking tours of Broadway differ in approach, material

By The Associated Press
Visitors to Times Square in New York City looking for some theater history might be discouraged at the idea of dodging flocks of Elmo impersonators and Naked Cowboys. A good guide is as important as a stiff elbow. Guides can ...

‘Spamalot’ brings musical hilarity to Scottdale’s Geyer theater

By Linda Harkcom
King Arthur and his knights are bringing their search for the Holy Grail to the stage of the Geyer Performing Arts Center next weekend. Actors ...

Review: Pittsburgh son Billy Porter shines bright in ‘Kinky Boots’

By Alice T. Carter 9:15 p.m.
For native son Billy Porter, the Aug. 4 opening night of “Kinky Boots” at the Benedum Center, Downtown, was a triumphal homecoming. Porter, an East Liberty ...

Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera production of ‘Cinderella’ offers twists on classic

By Alice T. Carter 10:58 p.m.
When it comes to well-known tales, “Cinderella” must rank within the Top 5. Even young children can recite the basics: a fatherless girl mistreated by her ...