'Happily Ever Laughter' has 'em rolling in the aisles at Pittsburgh Public Theater
By Jean Horne
Published: Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Steel City welcomed The Second City to the Pittsburgh Public Theater on Aug. 23 for an SRO performance of “Happily Ever Laughter,” and for two hours the nonstop laughter echoed through the Cultural District. Well, up and down Penn Avenue, at the very least.
“In honor of our visit, we'll actually be putting ketchup on our hot dogs,” may be the company's only line for a family newspaper. Fans seated at cabaret tables that ringed the stage of the O'Reilly Theater became fodder for the troupe's hilarious, but naughty, improv schticks that hit the mark every time. And their take on Tennessee Williams' “Glass Menagerie” was a flat-out laugh riot!
Remember, this is Chicago's famed comedy theater that launched the careers of Tina Fey, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.
Afterward, a committee of young, hot numeros, co-chaired by Bear Brandegee and Nir Kossovsky with Molly and Kevin O'Brien, staged Laughter After Dark, a retro-glam fundraiser for the Public Theater with a “Mad Men” vibe.
Some 175 guests frolicked past formal fashions, pillbox hats, fedoras and accessories from the '60s that were playfully showcased in PPT's upstairs lounge and rehearsal hall. They also rocked to the deejayed sounds of the '60s and nibbled on deviled eggs, cocktail franks and penny candy.
Hobnobbing with Second City's talented cast at the party were such as Ted Pappas; PPT prez Mike Ginsberg and Cathy; Melanie Querry and Andreas Beck; Nikol and Dr. Stan Marks; Kerry Parker; Linda and Tony Bucci with daughter Cari Bucci Hulings (she's preggers!); Kerry Parker and Pitt Coach Barry Rohrssen; Colleen and David O'Brien; Carol Shriber; Dr. Richard Moriarty and David Hairhoger; Erin and Ryan McKenna; Alessandra Basso and Robert Heaps.
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