The Pittsburgh Savoyards have been keeping the tradition of opera alive in the ‘burgh for 78 years of “laughing song and merry dance”. Continuing their love of Gilbert and Sullivan’s work, the Savoyard’s production of Iolanthe lacks the conviction to fully embody their motto.
Pittsburgh Opera gave the first performance of its first production of the 2015-2016 season last night – Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco. The work had not been heard locally in a number of decades, and, happily, vacant seats were few and far between in the huge auditorium of the Benedum. Nabucco, (“Nebuchadnezzar” in English) is an opera in four acts composed in 1841 by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera.
Duquesne University’s Red Masquers, opens the 2015-16 season with the American classic Death of a Salesman. This play christens the university’s Genesius Theater and features a 13 member cast consisting of students, alumni, faculty members and community artists. The 120-seat theater space offers functional tiered seating, a spacious lobby, which I am told will soon have upholstered seating for patrons, large windows and high ceilings. The area is unpretentious yet modern.
Otto Frank walks up the stairs to the annex, slow. The weight of each step increases the higher he goes as he disrupts a ghostlike veneer of dust. He finds himself sitting at a kitchen table meditatively, only to find a piece of what’s left over, a scarf. The opening scene to The Diary of Anne Frank at the Pittsburgh Public Theater allows the gravity of the show to find its center and power.
On Saturday night, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company welcomed home a local theatre icon by opening its 2015-2016 season with an up-tempo farce, Dulcy. While I may or may not be talking about George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly, the two Pulitzer and Tony winning playwrights who were also Pittsburgh born-and-raised, I’m definitely talking about Mark Clayton Southers, the founder and producing artistic director of the company, who for the first time appeared in public after suffering severe injuries from a horrible car accident in May. During an emotional curtain speech, Mr.
How do you define Stand up Horror? This past Saturday I once again found myself at Modern Formations: a small gallery locked in the heart of the East End on Penn Avenue within a community screaming for revitalization. The Beat Cabaret answers that call and this Saturday they presented Michael McGovern’s fantastic program titled, “Stand Up Horror”. Would you call it stand-up comedy? Could you call it a play? Perhaps you could if you wished, but you would be shortchanging his talent and skill as a performer if you did. This show stands out as something quite different and unique.
Acceptance is a complicated thing: It’s easy to preach but hard to practice. Peace and Love are always the goal, but when it comes time to change things for the better and include everyone then suddenly there’s a problem. Acceptance needs to be taken the full way; you can’t say you accept someone but you get to have things that they don’t. That’s not nice. That’s not love. And don’t say things like “Love the sinner, hate the sin” because that helps no one.
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