When you're done trick-or-treating tomorrow night, the Mattress Factory is hosting a film screening with live electronic soundtrack by a pair of artists in residence from Detroit. Costumes are welcome; more details in Program Notes.
Tickets for tonight’s performance of Bricolage Productions’ 75th-anniversary recreation of Orson Welles’ infamous Halloween-eve War of the Worlds are sold out. But you can still enjoy the show, arguably in its purest form — on the radio.
At 9 p.m. tonight, tune in to 90.5 WESA for a live broadcast of this radio adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel — just how Welles’ Mercury Theater of the Air did it!
Welles and company’s audio-only 1938 staging of Howard Koch’s script was so convincing that a million or more CBS-radio listeners apparently thought a real Martian attack was under way. (There’s a great Radiolab installment on the whole thing.)
The Bricolage show reprises the company's own terrific 2010 production, which marked the first time anyone had put on WOW here in a while.
The current staging, which Ted Hoover raved about in his review for CP , stars Paul Guggenheimer, Randy Kovitz, Jason McCune and Sean Sears, with Tami Dixon on sound effects, all directed by Jeff Carpenter. There’s even live music, by the Ortner-Roberts duo.
And if you want to see the show in person, performances continue through Nov. 9. More info here.
As happens every so often, the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are offering free admission on Thursday evenings.
The offer holds for four straight Thursdays, starting this week. Admission is free those days from 4-8 p.m.
This might be a good time to take advantage of the offer, as we've heard there's some sort of large exhibition of international art going on right now.
It's also the final week for the Natural History Museum's big Roads of Arabia show.
The museum credits the free days to board member and philanthropist Richie Battle.
Thomas White, author of the new book Witches of Pennsylvania: Occult History & Lore appears —- er, speaks — at Mystery Lovers Bookshop tomorrow. Brett Wilson has details in Program Notes.
A short review of these two paired shows — both employing puppets, live actors and multimedia — that ran last week, in Program Notes.
There's more to the Thornton Wilder classic than you might recall from high school. A brief take in Program Notes.
This interactive, sometimes confrontational show explores the origin of warfare, from The Iliad to modern occupations. A review in Program Notes.
Mayoral candidate Bill Peduto and city-council aspirants were recently sent questions about Pittsburgh's public-art funding law, as submitted by a local activist group. Answers in Program Notes.
Starting Friday, the Future Tenant festival of 10-minute plays marks its tenth anniversary with eight of the best comedies in its archives, all work by local playwrights.
Given that the annual festival always includes at least a couple standouts, this best-of compilation should be a fun night.
Six of the plays are by just three playwrights. Gayle Pazerski contributes “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (about a pair of Civil War reenactors) and “When I Do the Hoochy Coochy in the Sky” (about a young couple, new to town, answering a personals ad).
From Robert Isenberg, there’s “Intermezzo” (about a couple coming to a relationship crossroads at the opera) and “Post-Script” (about an action-movie hero after the credits roll).
And Joe Lyons contributes “Purgatoriography” — about two unlikely companions in “a surprisingly boring afterlife” — and “The Unbearable Lightness of Eating,” concerning “the unsung heroes in the world of competitive eating.”
Arthur M. Jolly’s “Four Senses of Love” is about two people who’ve lost their senses of taste and touch. And Fred Betzner’s “12 Sided Die” is built around, you guessed it, a games of Dungeons and Dragons.
Future Ten 10 is produced by Betzker and Brad Stephenson. And the shows are directed by estimable local talent including John Lane, Don DiGiulio, Todd Betker and Joanna Lowe.
Future Ten takes place, as always, at Future Tenant gallery, 819 Penn Ave., Downtown.
The first show is at 8 p.m. Friday, with three more shows on Sat., Oct. 19, and Oct. 25 and 26. Tickets are $10.
The adventuresome puppet-theater troupe's new show premiered on Saturday at the New Hazlett. A short review is in Program Notes.
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