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Comment Archives: stories: On Stage

Re: “Professor Eldritch's Asylum for Uncanny and Extraordinary Women at Uncumber Theatrics and Devious Mad Productions

This is a must see!!
The characters pure perfection!!
Theatre at its best.. Loved it
Pam and Mark Anderson

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Posted by Pam Anderson on 03/25/2015 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Improvised musical theater is the specialty of a cadre of new local troupes

This has got to be one of the most incredible things I have ever discovered. I would love to go see such a performance and I'm glad to see that there is still innovation in the performing arts. Movies have such a dominance in our culture, but the incredible skill of live performers, especially of the improvisational sort, is certainly to be applauded. I will definitely take my kids to plays and other live acts because it is so much more memorable than watching a screen.
Helen | Arts Rapid City

Posted by Helen on 03/20/2015 at 3:23 PM

Re: “The Phantom of the Opera at PNC Broadway Across America

Sir, I would highly suggest doing even a bit of research before publishing anything you write. I assure you that this production has not added any new musical numbers. Please go listen to an original cast recording.

Posted by thisreviewisterrible2 on 02/28/2015 at 1:19 AM

Re: “The Phantom of the Opera at PNC Broadway Across America

Some of the musical numbers are new; they were written for the flop film and used in pieces here

Posted by Alan W. Petrucelli on 02/27/2015 at 4:45 PM

Re: “The Phantom of the Opera at PNC Broadway Across America

Am I the only one who noticed that the Phantom's voice kept "breaking" during certain notes, into this quasi-speaking type thing? As someone who is quite familiar with the show, it was really distracting as none of the other productions or cast recordings have such a breaking tone.

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Posted by Clark on 02/27/2015 at 12:28 PM

Re: “The Phantom of the Opera at PNC Broadway Across America

The prosthetic is most definitely worn on the right side of his face for the entire show. That is why the mask covers the right side of his face. There is no time to apply it during the 20-min intermission.

One more error in this review: they have not added any musical numbers in this production. It is still the same score as the brilliant original. I guess they were "unmemorable" the first time you heard them, too.

Posted by thisreviewisterrible2 on 02/27/2015 at 3:05 AM

Re: “The Phantom of the Opera at PNC Broadway Across America

I was sitting in the second row, dead center. The unmasking change was part of Cameron's change. when Erik "washes" his face, and later goes upstage, his uses his hand to "hide" the left side of his face; the right side was not marred. Only his ear was at this "deformed." During intermission, the full "death mask" was apllied and she removed it

Posted by Alan W. Petrucelli on 02/26/2015 at 10:13 AM

Re: “The Phantom of the Opera at PNC Broadway Across America

Just correcting your errant review. The prosthetic face makeup is worn the entire show, not applied at intermission as you've reported. It also is on the right side of my face, not the left as you reported.

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Posted by yourreviewisterrible on 02/25/2015 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Pitt Stages' The Dog in the Manger

I saw it. I loved it. But I didn't see the need for the contemporary dance music and robot dancing. Maybe the theory is to attract contemporary youth with music that is familiar to them. But I went to the performance seeking a better understanding of the arts, people and mores of seventeenth century Spain. I already know about house music because I live in the twenty-first century. Just a minor cavil.

Posted by Mark Lussky on 02/18/2015 at 11:21 AM

Re: “A review of fireWALL's Uproar

Incredible performance. The dancers of fireWALL are exceptionally talented and passionate, with each dancer delivering something different to the work. Their energies transcend through their audience members as they take you on their journey with them. Always a pleasure to see these dancers do their thing and share their artistry! Highly recommend seeing "Uproar".

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Posted by anonymouspittsburgh on 01/02/2015 at 12:15 PM

Re: “L'Hôtel at Pittsburgh Public Theater

It is odd that you find homophobia in any of Wilde’s statements in this play. In the moment to which I think you are referring Wilde is responding to a homophobic statement made by Hugo. Hugo has called Wilde an “impotent scribbler,” implying that Wilde is weak both in his writing and in his manhood. Wilde responds: “As if potency lay in the measly act of breeding. Any hamster can do that and with much more proficiency. It is the mad passion to squelch others that is impotent....” Wilde is not being anti-procreative. But he is saying that procreation is merely a biological process and does not necessarily prove potency. Real potency, real strength, lies in compassion.

Also, the word “suicide” is not used in reference to Morrison. Wilde says to him, “you killed yourself.” But suicide is not mentioned. Morrison probably died of an overdose, presumably administered by his own hand. So technically he did kill himself, even if unintentionally.

Also, it is useful to remember in approaching a work of fiction that the characters often express beliefs not shared by the author. Characters in a work of fiction are often unreliable or inaccurate and they often make mistakes in interpreting things they’ve heard, just like real people

—Brent Harris

Posted by Brent Harris on 12/09/2014 at 9:54 PM

Re: “A Streetcar Named Desire at barebones productions

Maybe you should read the play.

Posted by AcademicCorrector on 12/03/2014 at 11:05 AM

Re: “A Streetcar Named Desire at barebones productions

The rape scene isn't played as a rape. Williams and Kazan would be outraged by this interpretation.

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Posted by AcademicAnonymous on 12/01/2014 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Prime Stage

Miller is a gifted actor; I think people should go out of their way to find shows he's in.

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Posted by Mangosteen on 11/06/2014 at 11:56 AM

Re: “The Book of Ezra at Pittsburgh Playwrights

Hello Ezra-just reading the review, from speaking with you and your friend by PAT--It's a very thoughtful commentary-and I see the play ads--Lucius Delany

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Posted by Lucius Delany on 10/14/2014 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Pitt's Stop Kiss

Mr. Hoover I believe you switched both the actress names and the characters. "Sara" was the character who was attacked, and she was played by Ms. Baker. "Callie" is the character giving the statement to police, and she was played by Ms. Clabby.

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Posted by Pitt Stages Fan on 10/08/2014 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Attack Theatre launches its 20th-anniversary season

What a treat and delight on so many levels.. The Coliseum was a hoot and there were goodies everywhere to look like; such as miniature settings in boxes and kids art. The dance performance and band were excellent and unique. Bravo to another event in the neighborhoods versus downtown..

Posted by Nettie Glickman on 10/08/2014 at 8:08 AM

Re: “A local spoken-word artist does his first full-length solo show

If this seems like overposting, I generally publish when I've been assaulted, or when my privacy is ignored, or when my cats cry out in pain by some assault of government. if you see three postings in a row, as sometimes happens, it just means i've been assaulted, or my cats assaulted, or my privacy invaded, three times lately. the other day it was a flash energy assault aimed at my temple/top of my head. literally thousands of such assaults over the past decade, I'm sure that estimate is accurate....the other day one of my cats was bleeding, hair missing from its back, and two of them actually had scabs and radiation bumps on their back as a result of being shot with energy weaponry. A cat that was hospitalized by energy attacks and food tampering less than a year ago was groaning in pain from energy attacks , and they're induced to vomit constantly . for many years my cats were crying out in pain from energy attacks --several times a day over many years. they're still being attacked, and are crawling with fleas despite the application of frontline or advantage products every few weeks--the community is actually putting bogus or weak products on the market in retaliation. they knocked one of my cats off a ledge the other day, 15 foot drop, and have induced another of my cats to run off twice, a cat that is very docile and usually doesn't even want to go outside/agitated by being shot with energy weaponry. i contacted the aspca in 2007, and after that could only find work fundraising for abused animals, the community's own form of symbolic punishment. not a bad job, though the idea that they manipulated my circumstance to this extent is ridiculous. My entire apt. is being heated by radiation, more than 10x the norm, causing my cats to noticeably sweat--you could probably measure it from space.
The federal government of course has all the power in the world to stop it. My tooth was knocked out in increments, over a 2 year span by energy weaponry assaults, for stating and proving the crimes committed by the federal government, absolute torture, like having a tooth drilled without novocaine for several hours. in 1997 i was made homeless by community manipulation; in an 8 or 9 month span i had a gun to my head, was knocked out, and was intentionally run down by a car and taken by ambulance to a hospital, believe it or not, to the laughter of the community.
the federal government has admitting to torturing, and of course that's a per se violation of the 8th amendment, though it should also be regarded as criminal.
If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth, right? The Democrats' great accomplishment is producing the political equivalent of a Rodney King video, clearly demonstrating the lies of the right, the right Hilary Clinton correctly identified as a vast conspiracy. Confirm by examining Central District of California Cases, 01-4340, 03-9097, 08-5515, 10-5193, US Tax Court 12000-07L --though I think you want to view my US Tax Court Appeal to the 9th Circuit for a good account of their day to day assaults, a few month time slice indicative of a decade of assault, and more recently 9th Circuit case 11-56043.

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Posted by Glen Broemer on 10/06/2014 at 11:15 AM

Re: “The Playboy of the Western World at the Conservatory Theatre Company

The dispensation was sought by Shawn because he is a relative of Pegeen (second cousin) So he needs approval from the church.

Posted by Joe on 09/29/2014 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Texture Contemporary Ballet offers another packed showcase

Bravo! Texture wove delightful and incredibly well performed pieces and I shall continue to seek them out. Performed at the Kelly Strayhorn added to the experience as it is a neighborhood treasure..

Posted by Nettie Glickman on 09/27/2014 at 9:20 AM

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