"...you're lying Blanche."

I have been fortunate enough in the last few months to see two productions of Tennessee Williams' works. Last month I saw the Pittsburgh Public Theater's The Glass Menagerie and then more recently I saw barebones productions showing of A Streetcar Named Desire. It's been a very dramatic and Southern winter for me so far.

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L'Hôtel au Purgatoire

The second installment in the Pittsburgh Public Theater's "Season of Legends" is the world premiere of a new play that is chock full of...well, legends. The play is called L'hotel (that's French) and the Pittsburgh audience is the very first to check in.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber Classic opens at Stage 62

            Evita follows the life of Eva Perόn (played by Cynthia Daugherty), second wife of Argentine President Juan Perόn (played by Leon Zionts). The story begins with Eva’s young adulthood as an actress and radio star and (according to the story) the bed hopping that eventually led her to meet Juan Perόn. The story chronicles Eva’s involvement in helping Perόn get elected and the hypnotic love the Argentine people had for her.

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"It Sucks to Be Me"

There's a difference between seeing Avenue Q when you're in college and seeing Avenue Q almost four years after college. When I saw it in college I was all "HA! Puppets saying fuck and having sex and dealing with adult situations, ha ha ha!".  Seeing it recently at University of Pitt Stages made me think "Oh crap, this is surprisingly real." Watching a puppet go through problems with money, work, and relationships isn't as fun when you realize you're the puppet now.

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With a "Hey! Nonino"

When putting on a Shakespeare play in modern times, it's important to approach it in a way that can appeal to a modern audience (at this point, I take a puff of my pipe). But seriously, in my time as a theater student and then amateur reviewer I've witnessed some interesting takes on Shakespeare.

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As You Like It
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Pittsburgh Opera Revives Verdi’s "Otello" in Grand Style

Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello, not heard in Pittsburgh in over two decades, accomplished the rare feat of bringing a local audience to its feet for a very long and thunderous ovation, when it became the first of Pittsburgh Opera’s performances for 2014-15, on Saturday evening, November 8. A single concert last month was considered the official opening of the company’s 76th season.

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"Two actors, four hands, 13 characters, one piano, 90 minutes, two murders, and one killer."

This week I was given the opportunity to see the regional premiere of Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair’s whodunit musical, Murder for Two at the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret Theater. Filled with fabulous characters, wonderfully talented actors and a beautiful design, Murder for Two is a wonderful night of theater that everyone should take the time and see.

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Vintage Radio, Modern Laughs

The Bricolage Production Company is drawing a lot of laughs from the audience with their Midnight Radio production of SCarrie: The Musical. Midnight Radio is a live comedy series in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast featuring a live band, vintage sound effects and even a spoof commercial or two.

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“After three hours… you are left wondering what the verdict was.”

This weekend saw the opening of Throughline Theatre Company’s final installment of their 2014 Mortality and Divinity based season.  Directors Kaitlin Kerr and Liam Macik turn the 2005 script by Stephen Adly Guirgis into a beautifully acted and designed piece.  The Last Days of Judas Iscariot runs through November 1 at the Grey Box Theatre in Lawrenceville.

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The Last Day of Judas Iscariot
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