A Week of Will

This week marks the 10th year anniversary of the origin of Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.  PSIP was founded in 2005 by Jennifer Tober – who continues her work with the organization as Artistic Director today – with the primary goal of “providing the Steel City with excellent, energetic, entertaining and free Shakespeare.” Recent productions have included As You Like It in Septe

PMT’s Peter Pan: A Pleasing Performance for Children of All Ages

“I didn’t like it… I LOVED it.” That’s what 6-year-old Maggie Martin said about her first night out at the theater—and, given the show she saw, it’s kids like her whose opinions matter.

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The Big O

It can be easy to look around the world and think about how people can seem evil. Heck, working in food service it can happen daily. While the morality of human beings can be debated for hours on end, I think everyone can agree on the pure evil in William Shakespeare's Othello, which just started a solid production at the Pittsburgh Public Theater.
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The Good, the Bad and the Unstable.

Point Park University's Conservatory Theater Company has opened its production of the timeless A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams at the Pittsburgh Playhouse this past weekend. This story is about a severely tormented woman seeking sanctuary with her sister in New Orleans, whose hostile husband only pushes her over the edge.  

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All the Names Hits All the Feels

As I pulled up to the Allegheny Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and then got back in my car and looped around to the former Northside Library (thinking to myself that I should’ve paid more attention to that preceding instructional e-mail from a generous Quantum staff member) I really had no idea what to expect out of the night. I had never been to a performance by the Quantum Theatre before and was used to grabbing a glass of wine, finding my cushy seat, sitting through an hour or two of performance, and hoping there is an intermission to relieve myself of the wine I regretted drinking.

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An Unconventionally Fun Time

My love for The Rocky Horror Show stems back to high school. I was a shy kid and the classic 70's cult film was weird, sexy, and made absolutely no sense to me. But damn it felt fun. It led me to a somewhat unhealthy fixation with the film and soundtracks, attendance of a few "shadow cast" showings of the film in college, and a general acceptance of things that are gross and weird.

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Cute and Quirky and Kind of Religious

A wannabe novelist, an aspiring young filmmaker, an extremely liberal HBO executive, and a 17 year old fighting with her identity and religion bring together the cast of City Theatre’s production of Oblivion by Carly Mensch.  This incredibly quirky and ultramodern script tells the struggle of a family when their high school basketball star daughter brings home the news that she wants to become a Christian.  Oblivion runs through April 26 at City Theatre.

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Selfishness as Relatability

Endless Lawns is an example of excellent execution of a poor plan.  The problems with the production cannot be attributed to those who put together this incarnation of the play (its world premiere); the acting, set design, lighting and pacing all serve to pull an audience along effectively.  The glaring problems with Endless Lawns lie in its script.

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UnCommon Shakespeare

Dinner and a show were on the menu at the Duquesne Club last Thursday night as PICT Classic Theatre hosted its second annual Court of UnCommon Pleas fundraiser. The show did not feature the normal cast of actors, but in their place were executives, lawyers and even former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.

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