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Comment Archives: stories: Stage: Theater Reviews + Features

Re: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical at the Conservatory Theatre Company

This reviewer can't get over the fact that it's a short show, how about a little opinion on the cast, instead of that throwaway line in the last paragraph? Seems to make you wonder if they were even watching the show, which was a great show. This review is total bs

Posted by Annonymous on 12/15/2016 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Last Train to Nibroc at Little Lake

I saw the play and enjoyed it thoroughly. Golly gee, is a review not a review unless it be critical? What is wrong with a well done happy ending story? Novelty is great when it adds drama or leads an audience to contemplate unexpected possibilities, but it is not necessary to every new production! I liked "Last Train to Nibroc" and recommend it.

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Posted by Shetland Pony on 11/17/2016 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Feeding the Dragon at City Theatre

Nice I need gems

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Posted by Anthony Crenshaw on 11/07/2016 at 4:11 AM

Re: “Seven Guitars at Pittsburgh Playwrights

I feel so lucky to have such easy and affordable access to such amazing theatre and performance. I mean I was SITTING IN AUGUST WILSON'S BACKYARD -- watching some of Pittsburgh's most compelling actors directed by a man who I think brings so much to love and thoughtfulness to every thing he directs. I have been given the opportunity to sit around, up close, at a table and observe a part of the past that I would have not otherwise been permitted. A step back in an era so beautiful. I sweat for 3.5 hours and it was worth every drop.

Posted by Karen Hannon on 09/03/2016 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Floyd Collins at Front Porch Theatricals

I attended the show and I kind of felt the same way. Having attended shows like "The Civil War", I felt I would fall in love with this piece. Throughout the performance the visuals, lighting, acting and voices were all so beautiful. The echo in the songs was something I have never heard before and perfectly executed. I just couldn't gel with the story line. I don't know what it was. I don't feel it was a failure in any aspect of production. I just feel the words were meant for someone who should be flying around a stage singing them and instead he was trapped. Maybe that is the irony in it all.

Posted by Karen Hannon on 09/03/2016 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Seven Guitars at Pittsburgh Playwrights

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Posted by Energy Innovation Center on 09/02/2016 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Floyd Collins at Front Porch Theatricals

So Ted liked everything individually, but didn't like the whole? Fine. It's like those shows that win all the awards but don't get Best Musical. I thought it was a superb production of a rarely done musical that FPT can be very proud of.

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Posted by Matthew Wolf on 09/01/2016 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Floyd Collins at Front Porch Theatricals

"I’m unable to pinpoint the exact problem," admits this reviewer -- perhaps because he's looking in the wrong place. Maybe he found the overall production less successful than the sum of its parts, at least most of which he concedes are individually quite impressive, due to his own limitations or personal biases. The language and tone of his commentary implies envy in regard to the company's previous efforts (He's been waiting for them to fail) and judgment about the presumed cost of the high production values (I doubt he's seen the show budget). This much I can say for sure: As a first-time Front Porch audience member, I had no expectations for the company to live up to. I found the production engaging, compelling, and moving from start to finish. In my relatively well-informed opinion (two graduate degrees in theatre and considerable professional experience), the artistic vision was beautifully conceived and executed and overcame the flaws/challenges inherent in the material itself. I encourage you to disregard Mr. Hoover's apparent boredom and let the impressive work of these artists transport and touch you.

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Posted by AcademicAnonymous on 08/31/2016 at 11:43 AM

Re: “An American Idiot for the Black Lives Matter era

Should be amazing. This group puts on great performances with a tremendous amount of energy and soul.

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Posted by Ken Levin on 07/27/2016 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Venus in Fur at Pittsburgh Public Theater

Ted Hoover certainly makes me want to see this.

Posted by Tere on 06/17/2016 at 4:09 AM

Re: “Serpentine at Uncumber Theatrics

I'm currently immersed in Serpentine with a friend, and we've completely fallen down the rabbit hole on this one. In other words, we're loving it (if not obsessed).

Anyone can join the 'game' through June 11, and it runs until June 23.

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Posted by DHG on 06/03/2016 at 5:03 PM

Re: “The Old Settler at New Horizon

Huge shout out to Judith Saunders for all her hard work behind the scenes.

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Posted by Bob on 06/01/2016 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Undercroft Opera reimagines Don Giovanni via Count Dracula

I know the level of outstanding talents putting this production together, from wonderful directors, singers, and musicians to beautiful costumes and stunning backdrop projections! The originality of much of the libretto in no way lessens the power of Mozart's music ("the music is king") as stage director Sarah Young emphasizes and audiences are in for such an engaging, not to be missed experience!

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Charles Young on 05/25/2016 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Cock at Kinetic Theatre

Best last line of a review in 11 years.

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Posted by anon on 05/20/2016 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Assassins at Stage 62

I thought Chad Elder was undeservingly left out of this review. His character was spot on and never wavered. He was entertaining and intense. My absolute favorite part of the show.

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Posted by Megan Hoffman on 05/19/2016 at 9:42 PM

Re: “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at McKeesport Little Theater

The production available for license from Samuel French was performed exactly as called for in the script by the appropriate characters including Miss Mona singing The Bus From Amarillo as the final song of the show. Perhaps the reviewer is confusing this with the retooled Anne Margaret national tour production which had a new song added and a different ending to accommodate Ms. Margaret's request.

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Posted by Linda Baker on 05/11/2016 at 10:26 AM

Re: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at barebones productions

if it is a proscenium stage...can you tell me where the "arch" is? is it that opening that leads back to the workshop? you do plays in the workshop and call it a proscenium stage?

here is the actual description from their website:
Theater Features

Thrust stage with “In the round” configuration possible.
Six-line set hemp fly system.
Steel grid with steel pipe hanging positions
Extensive package of theatrical lighting, sound and AV equipment.
Full stage black masking and a full stage cyclorama.
Multiple dressing rooms, restrooms, green room,wardrobe room and a rehearsal studio.
Public amenities include spacious lobby, wet bar, concession stand/box office with coat check,
Restrooms, and full wheelchair access.
Reception capacity up to 200.

Pretty sure the first line says it all.

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Posted by patron on 05/06/2016 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Dilemmas With Dinner at South Park Theatre

Why was the comedic performance of Max passed over ... To me and others I over heard he made the show!

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Posted by Ann on 05/05/2016 at 9:49 PM

Re: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at barebones productions

hey folks, we do have moveable side seating banks here at the new hazlett that can create either a thrust or proscenium style stage depending on the production. for this production, it is a proscenium stage.

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Posted by Kelly on 04/29/2016 at 4:43 PM

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