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.

The Disappearing Has Disappeared!

The Disappearing, a reading presented on Saturday night came across as very entertaining, and yet now it’s gone!

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Pittsburgh Opera Presents an Excellent Revival of Bizet’s "Carmen."

Carmen, an opera in four acts, with music by the French composer Georges Bizet, is set to a libretto written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, who used a novella by Prosper Mérimée as their inspiration. It was not particularly well received when it was first performed at the Opéra-Comique, Paris, in March 1875.

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Climb a Hill, Find a Little Theater, See a Show!

Must there always be a bedazzling display of flashing neon lights bundled with the magical glitz and glamour of resplendent people as they take their seats in some opulent theater.   

The lights dim. Rapt attention focuses the people as the first actor takes the stage.

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Lunch Lady Cabaret
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Theater (and Dance and Music and Film and Painting) at SWAN Day 2015

Unfortunately, the No Name Players-organized Swan Day Pittsburgh only runs one night a year.  But if the talent on display this past Saturday at the Twentieth Century Club is any indication, this is an event worth marking each year’s calendar for.

Lovecraft’s Monsters Haunt The Maker Theater

Having only briefly heard a mention of Howard Phillip (H.P.) Lovecraft in a high school literature class many years ago, I really had no idea what to expect walking into the Maker Theater for the first time on Friday night for 12 Peers latest production, Lovecraft's Monsters. The building itself was very quaint and until the extremely friendly artistic director and stage manager, Vince Ventura and Sara Fisher, greeted me with a complementary beer I thought I might be barging into someone’s colorful Ellsworth Avenue apartment.

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August Wilson Comes Home

Twelve years after August Wilson performed his final play, the Pittsburgh Public Theater presents the Pittsburgh premiere of How I Learned What I Learned.

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How I Learned What I Learned
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