Conservatory Dance Company honors longtime teacher by staging his Romeo and Juliet
Mrs. Bob is an explosion of comedy bits landing all over the stage, actors and audience.
The best way to describe Christopher Durang's Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge, now at Little Lake Theatre, is to call it a curmudgeonly Christmas confetti cannon. In this loopy retelling of A Christmas Carol, Durang combines shredded parts of Dickens with swipes at It's a Wonderful Life, Touched by an Angel, soupy seasonal sentimentality, hammy child actors and the scourge of alcoholism.
When you strip away the dirty words and ratty milieu, the play reveals itself to be a melodrama.
Last year, barebones productions presented Stephen Adly Guirgis' Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, and the show knocked my socks off. Guirgis' explosive writing was so passionate, and his vision so singular, I couldn't wait to see his then-new Broadway show The Motherfucker with the Hat.
The director, cast and songs deserve a much better book than they got.
The boys are back: Smudge, Jinx, Sparky and Frankie, better known as the 1950s-style singing group The Plaids, return for their holiday show Plaid Tidings, now at the CLO Cabaret. Plaid Tidings is a sequel to original Forever Plaid, placing Forever Plaid in the ranks of such theatrical franchises as Nunsense and The Taffetas.
The actors go a long way toward breathing some life into this somewhat removed and polite play.
There are a lot of dead people in Jessica Dickey's Charles Ives Take Me Home, now getting its Pittsburgh premiere at City Theatre. Violinist John Starr talks to us about his dead dad, who couldn't understand why his son liked music instead of sports.
Most people will enjoy True West for how twisted familial relationships can be.
A sure sign that you're getting old is realizing that a play you saw when it was new and edgy is now a mainstream chestnut. Pittsburgh Public Theater's "Masterpiece Season" marches on with Sam Shepard's True West.
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Another strong, varied outing for the annual showcase
One thing I have learned over a decade of reviewing Point Park University's Conservatory Dance Company's shows is that they rarely contain a dull moment. The 2013 version of CDC's annual Contemporary Choreographers program, this past Saturday, was no different.
Murphy/Smith Dance Collective presents See What I Hear
Whether it is laughter, birds chirping or the rush of a car as it passes by, sound is integral to life. So what happens when sound is removed from our lives?
Attack's performers, their dancing, and the characters they portrayed were fabulous.
Apparently it wasn't case closed for Attack Theatre choreographers and artistic directors Peter Kope and Michele De La Reza after their 2011 crime-drama-inspired What?...This is What. Their latest production, The Chalk Line, re-envisions that 2011 dance-theater work.
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