I Wish to Go to the Festival

Stephen Sondheim once said, “To make art sound effortless takes a lot of effort.” And as a community we all understand how fulfilling but also challenging creating theater sometimes can be. That’s why for 25 years, event like Pittsburgh New Works Festival is always a perfect place for aspiring young writers coming from all over the world to create their art, work on their craft, and together to inspire and be inspired.

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Pittsburgh New Works Festival's Staged Readings
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Piazza! Piazza!

Is anyone ever really prepared for love? That is the question asked by The Light in the Piazza, a musical about a mother trying to protect her daughter from the complexities of falling in love. The daughter has some "special circumstances" that the mother is concerned about, but is she fighting a losing battle against one of the strongest feelings known to man? This tale unfolds at the New Hazlett as Front Porch Theatricals premieres their second show of the season.

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Everybody Needs Somebody

This past Thursday took me to the Apple Hill Play House in Delmont, PA.  Opening night had come for Ken Ludwig’s Be My Baby as performed by the Orchard Performing Arts Co.  Haven’t heard of Delmont or don’t know how to get there?  It really can be simple to find as you need only make one left off of Route 22 and you are there.  To be honest, I used my GPS and that makes travel something simple and nothing to be concerned with.  Hence, you can enjoy the ride to this out of the way venue.

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Be My Baby
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Artist Spotlight: Sabrina Hykes-Davis

Deciphering the one thing that makes Pittsburgh theatre unique is like looking for the crabby patty recipe. While scenic designer Sabrina Hykes-Davis agrees, with her personal experience and her kind, gentle manner, she also gives credence to a pattern I’ve noticed.

Tales with Tunes

There are many great venues to see good storytelling in Pittsburgh. There are monthly showcases, Moth Storyslams, and the Storytelling Festival that took place a few weekends ago. Storytelling is a unique experience: someone gets onstage and tells you a true story as they remember it. It's not exactly standup and it's not exactly a play monologue.

If You Ever Forget to Laugh, Count Yourself Lost

Thursday’s have come to mean more than the day before Friday, or the day that the checks come in from clients.  It has come to be so much more.  I find it often brings opening night at a new venue with electricity seething through the air covering the audience and players alike.  As for me, I get to meet new characters as they are brought to life on the stage by dedicated performers, visit new locations as unusual and imaginative tales are told. 

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Exit Laughing
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Amiche Debuts a Work of Heart

“It’s not like anything I’ve ever seen before” –

-was my first impression after I saw the World Premiere of Amiche’s new work The Heart of Shahrazad. Staging in the majestic Mansions on Fifth Hotel, this refreshing piece of art, with libretto by Sarah Carleton and music by Eliane Aberdam, combines the beauty of opera and acting into one mind-cleansing journey: a healing through story-telling.

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The Heart of Shahrazad
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All the World Should Be Their Stage

Friday night marks the end of the week and a time to unwind, a point to refresh and enjoy. What to do?  Do we partake of drink at a bar, or pub?  Perhaps we see a movie?  These are the typical things we have come to consider as the way to best entertain, but we are mistaken.  There are those who devote themselves to bringing to life plays from long ago.  They bring to our region the great works from that master of the stage from the past, William Shakespeare.

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The Winter's Tale
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Students Shake Up Shakespeare

I am usually rather skeptical of Shakespeare productions, whether modified or not.  That being said, Urban Impact’s production of The Merchant of Venice proved to be a very entertaining. The show, edited and directed by Eric Anderson, did well in delivering this Shakespeare comedy to a modern audience.

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The Merchant of Venice
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