<i>Saints Tour</i> digs deep into Braddock

Saints Tour digs deep into Braddock

A new immersive theater work summons the extraordinary in a struggling town

Theater Reviews + Features

barebones' American Falls

The one-act whips through time and space
One is tempted to read the title American Falls as a sentence, with the second word a verb.

Theater Reviews + Features

Midsummer (A Play With Songs) at City Theatre

A comedy/romance provides a pleasant escape
The first syllable lays out the theme of Midsummer, wrapping up the season for City Theatre.

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Detroit at 12 Peers Theater

These aren't really characters; they're ideas of characters
Lisa D'Amour's play Detroit (now receiving its local premiere at 12 Peers Theater) was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Theater Reviews + Features

Our Town at Little Lake Theatre

This is not a sentimental or nostalgic play, as many productions seem to think
Opening its 67th season, Little Lake Theatre presents the classic American drama Our Town, Thorton Wilder's look at a small New Hampshire town 100 years ago. The trick of the 1938 Pulitzer-winning Our Town is that by focusing so intensely on small day-to-day matters and the ordinary rituals and commonplace cycles of life, Wilder's play becomes nothing less than a testament to existence.

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Fences at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Co.

Director Mark Clayton Southers seems more interested in molding a complex central character than an empathetic one
There's something fatalistic about August Wilson's writing.

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Dance + Live Performance

The Pittsburgh premiere of Scottish Ballet's acclaimed A Streetcar Named Desire

"Tennessee Williams decides what you have to do."
For the second time in three years, local dance audiences will be treated to a ballet production of Tennessee Williams' classic play A Streetcar Named Desire. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre performed choreographer John Neumeier's version in 2012.

Dance + Live Performance

newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival returns for a sixth year

This year's three-day festival has a distinctly local flavor
This year, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater's newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival has a distinctly local flavor. But while the sixth annual incarnation is perhaps disappointingly short on out-of-town talent compared to years past, newMoves remains unique in the region as a showcase for both local and visiting artists performing new contemporary dance.

Dance + Live Performance

A choreographer brings her dancers outdoors for PLAYGROUND: blacktop

"It lets the dancers just get inside their bodies for the enjoyment of moving."
A recent string of dance works with weighty themes led choreographer Staycee Pearl to take a lighter approach on her latest project.

Dance + Live Performance

Dance elements don't live up to an ambitious performance installation

The Pillow Project's (a) Long Here runs 16 consecutive nights
Live dance, dance on film and art combined in The Pillow Project's long-form performance installation (a) Long Here, which opened last week at the company's loft venue, The Space Upstairs, in Point Breeze.    The exhibit is inspired in part by Danny Hillis' Clock of the Long Now (a 10,000-year clock). As seen on the second of its 16 consecutive nights, (a) Long Here focused on themes of duration and time and encouraged attendees to roam the loungelike venue and view more than a dozen works of art.

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