A packed house filled the Philip Chosky Theater on Friday night preceding Dorothy (Annie Yokom), Aunt Em (Johari Mackey), and Uncle Henry’s (Ethan Crystal) appearance on stage. While I had never seen the original 1978 version of “The Wiz,” my friend’s mention of Michael Jackson’s appearance in it prompted me for a night filled with charismatic singing and dancing. Within the first few minutes, Mackey began her beautiful performance of “The Feeling we Once Had” and I was immediately hooked.
PICT previewed its world premiere of For the Tree to Drop, written by Lissa Brennen and directed by Alan Stanford, last week. This show is a snapshot of life on a plantation in the 1860s and is a story about slavery, family and grief.
Once upon a time; in the deepest and darkest part of the forest there is a murder. A murder complete with screaming, lots of screaming, and blood, lots of blood. To hear the story of this dark and edgy modern fairy tale, you need to get to Carnegie Mellon University’s Studio 201 in Point Breeze to see the Pittsburgh premier of Wolves by Steve Yockey, running this week only.
You can do a lot of things for Valentine's Day. You can go to a super crowded restaurant with your significant other and gaze desperately into their eyes, questioning whether your love is strong enough to last. You can stay home, make a frozen pizza, and watch a comedy film before bed. Personally, I have therapy and work planned for my day of romance. But no matter what your love life may be, chances are it's not as hectic as the ones featured in Boeing Boeing.
Existence and the Single Girl, by Pittsburgh playwright Matt Henderson and produced by 12 Peers Theater, opened last week at The Maker Theater in Shadyside. This world premier production doesn’t lack energy or ideas (or pink), but could use some major editing and a ton of focus.
Prussia: 1866 is very much a classic comedy of manners; a high speed, high energy fiasco featuring politics, deception and a number of love affairs. I find myself reminded of the 1939 film Rules of the Game, substitute the seven minute long montage of pheasants being blown out of the sky with a complicated family tree revelation.
I will say this for Quantum Theatre: they know how to spoil their audience in terms of location and dining. To match the stand-up comedy theme of Brahman/i, Quantum has set up shop at "The Temple of Comedy" in Garfield. There are plenty of cabaret tables set up inside, and a little basket of Indian food (pictured below) is brought to you after you sit down. There is a large bar in the back, although your options are limited to beer, coffee, or tea.
Mr. Joy, which is thought of as a sequel of sorts to Daniel Beaty’s first popular solo work, Emergency!, illuminated the stage for a packed house on Friday, January 30. Emergency!, which told the story of a slave ship arising out of present-day New York’s Hudson River, used strategies such as slam poetry, song, and multi-character transformation to portray the characters’ varied commentary on their own personal identity and freedom.
The Pittsburgh Public Theater is taking audiences to the streets and ballrooms of London with its production of My Fair Lady that opened this weekend. Based on George Bernard Shaw‘s book Pygmalion, the original 1956 production of this show was a huge hit and has been a favorite by audiences since.
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