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First Voice Festival. A showcase for local and visiting African-American artists, performers and writers, through May 26 (August Wilson Center).

POP! A new musical about Andy Warhol and his Factory scene, starring Anthony Rapp as Warhol, through May 27 (City Theatre).

Silent Heroes. Linda Escalera Baggs' drama about military wives in 1975 awaiting word on a plane crash, through June 2 (South Park).

Girls Only — The Secret Comedy of Women. Two women discover their childhood diaries in Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein's combination of sketch comedy, improvisation and musical numbers, through Sept. 2 (CLO Cabaret). 412-456-6666

click to enlarge Larry John Meyers performs in The Pitmen Painters (May 31-June 23) and the Chekhov festival (July 19-Aug. 26), both at Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre.
  • Larry John Meyers performs in The Pitmen Painters (May 31-June 23) and the Chekhov festival (July 19-Aug. 26), both at Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre.

May

At Wit's End. Pittsburgh native actor Chuck Muckle plays that unlikeliest of Pittsburgh natives, author, wit and film actor Oscar Levant, in this one-man show, written by Joel Kimmel, May 24 only (Jewish Community Center, Squirrel Hill, 412-521-8010).

Fox on the Fairway. A new farce from popular favorite Ken Ludwig, this one set at a private country club, May 24-June 9 (Little Lake Theatre).

Private Lives. Noel Coward's classic romantic comedy, May 24-June 24 (Pittsburgh Public Theater).

How the Other Half Loves. Another of Alan Ayckbourn's cleverly wrought infidelity farces, with the same set containing the action of two living rooms, and likewise two dining tables, May 31-June 9 (Apple Hill Playhouse).

The Pitmen Painters. Lee Hall's acclaimed 2009 play based on the true story of a group of British miners who in the 1930s became celebrated painters, May 31-June 23 (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre).

From left to right: Alan Bomar Jones, Jonathan Berry and Kevin Brown in August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, at Pittsburgh Playwrights, June 1-24.
  • From left to right: Alan Bomar Jones, Jonathan Berry and Kevin Brown in August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, at Pittsburgh Playwrights, June 1-24.

June

Gem of the Ocean. The second-to-last play written by August Wilson for his century-spanning Pittsburgh Cycle is a potent drama set in the Hill District in 1904, June 1-24 (Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Co.).

Come Fly Away. "Fly Me to the Moon," "My Way" and "Witchcraft" are among the Sinatra tunes sparking this Broadway musical revue, with Twyla Tharp choreography, 14 dancers and a live big band, June 5-10 (Pittsburgh CLO).

A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shakespeare's romantic comedy, performed a la 16th-century practice with a prompter helping actors with their lines, June 6-23 (Unseam'd Shakespeare).

House of Blue Leaves. John Guare's dark 1966 comedy is set in Queens and revolves around a zookeeper who wants to make it big as a songwriter, despite his schizophrenic wife, June 7-16 (The Summer Company).

The Last Romance. A romantic comedy about a widower's second chance at love, by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), June 7-23 (South Park Theatre).

The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Shakespeare's romantic comedy, performed a la 16th-century practice with a prompter helping actors with their lines, June 7-23 (Unseam'd).

Who Do You Love? Local playwright Shaunda Miles wrote this new play, inspired by the Biblical Book of Esther and set in the contemporary black church, June 8-10 (demaskus, inc.).

Book of Tricks. A husband learns that his wife's estranged father has Asperger's syndrome, the same condition that affects their son, in local playwright Alex Galatic's new drama, June 8-16 (Throughline Theatre).

A Chorus Line. The singular sensation of a 1975 musical about an audition for a musical, featuring music by Marvin Hamlisch, June 15–24. (Pittsburgh CLO).

And a Nightingale Sang. C.P. Taylor's bittersweet 1977 comedy set in England during World War II, June 14-30 (Little Lake).

The Last Romance. Joe DiPietro's romantic comedy about 80-year-old Ralph Bellini and his new crush, June 21-30 (Apple Hill).

Lettice and Lovage. Peter Shaffer's Tony-winning 1990 comedy about a British tour guide who lives to embellish, June 21-July 7 (Terra Nova Theatre).

Into the Moral Abyss. New Olde Bank Theatre's annual festival of one-acts, subtitled CSI: SVU: Moral Abyss / 3D includes disaster-movie spoof "Disaster! (The Play!)" and "Three Women in a Theater Auditioning," June 22-30 (New Olde Bank Theatre).

Next to Normal. Carnival Theatrics production of the Tony-winning 2008 musical by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, about an American family struggling with addiction and mental illness, June 22-July 1, www.newhazletttheater.org

The Bikinis. This "musical beach party" about a girl-group reunion features "Heat Wave," "Under the Boardwalk" and other classic oldies, June 28-July 14 (South Park).

Annie. The perennial-favorite musical about a plucky orphan, June 29-July 8 (Pittsburgh CLO).

Orange Flower Water. The Pittsburgh premiere of this acclaimed new drama about marital infidelity by Craig Wright (whose credits include TV's Six Feet Under), June 29-July 14 (No Name Players).

The Magic Flute. Opera Theater of Pittsburgh launches its brand-new SummerFest with this English-language version of Mozart's enchanted romance, June 29, July 1, 8 and 14 (Opera Theater).

Carmen — The Gypsy. Opera Theater's SummerFest continues with this English-language adaption of Bizet's fiery classic (including a "kid-friendly" version!), June 30, July 6, 12 and 14 (Opera Theater).

July

Reckless. A "very dark comedy" by Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss), about a woman on the run from her husband who's aided by a series of problematic benefactors, dates TBD (New Olde Bank).

Taking Pictures. Horton Foote's acclaimed but little-seen 1987 drama, set in 1929 in small-town Texas, about a divorcee who plays piano to accompany silent films, July 5-21 (Little Lake).

Night Caps. Opera Theater's SummerFest presents a series of newly commissioned, adult-themed, 15-minute comic music dramas, all set in rooms at the same hotel, each by one of seven different composers, July 6-15 (Opera Theater).

Candide. SummerFest continues with a production of the Leonard Bernstein classic based on Voltaire's novel, July 7, 13 and 15 (Opera Theater).

Sweet Charity. The perennial-favorite Cy Coleman/Dorothy Fields/Neil Simon musical about a 1960s Times Square taxi-dancer, July 12-28 (Apple Hill).

Fiddler on the Roof. That crowd-pleasing musical about Jewish village life in the old country, July 13-22 (CLO).

Xanadu. Musical based on the infamous 1980 movie about a roller-boogie performer, with music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne, July 13-29 (Theatre Factory).

Suddenly Last Summer. Tennessee Williams' drama about a young woman driven mad by the death of her cousin whose mother threatens to lobotomize her, July 19-28 (Summer Company).

The Bakerloo Theater Project. Experimental theater project presents Shakespeare's Henry V and Clarissa and Septimus, an adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, July 19-29 (Future Tenant).

Sweeney Todd. Sondheim's classic about a murderous barber in Victorian England, July 19-29 (Stage 62).

Shooting Star. Former college sweethearts have an accidental reunion in this play from Stephen Dietz, July 19-Aug. 4 (South Park).

Three Sisters. A festival of works by and related to Chekhov begins with this classic drama about a provincial family, July 19-Aug. 26 (PICT).

August: Osage County. Tracy Lett's 2007 Pulitzer-winning dark comedy about a severely dysfunctional family, July 20-28 (Throughline).

Sunset Boulevard. Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical adaptation of the classic film, July 24-29 (CLO). 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The 50th anniversary of Ken Kesey's landmark novel about life in a mental hospital is marked with this production of Dale Wasserman's adaptation, July 26-Aug. 11 (Little Lake).

The Addams Family. Touring version of the Broadway musical about the altogether-ooky comic-strip, TV and film clan, July 31-Aug. 12 (CLO).

August

Strata. The troupe describes this original show as "an immersive urban theatrical adventure," Aug. 1-Sept. 1 (Bricolage).

Ivanov. Chekhov's comedy about a man who can't act in the face of his life's woes, in the U.S. premiere of a new version written by Tom Stoppard, Aug. 2-26 (PICT). 

Reasons to Be Pretty. The Pittsburgh premiere of Neil LaBute's (In the Company of Men) 2008 drama about four friends dissatisfied with their lives, Aug. 3-18 (No Name Players).

The Golden Dragon. Contemporary German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig's tragicomic tale of globalization set in a Chinese-Vietnamese-Thai restaurant where a cook's pulled tooth ends up in the soup, Aug. 3-26 (Quantum Theatre).

Trespass Performance Residency. Future Tenant's annual performance-art festival, Aug. 6-26 (Future Tenant).

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The Tony-winning musical about adolescents under competitive duress, Aug. 9-18 (Apple Hill).

Social Security. Andrew Bergman's comedy about husband-and-wife art-dealers whose lives are upended by their family, Aug. 9-25 (South Park).

After Chekhov. The Pittsburgh premiere of "The Yalta Game" and "Afterplay," two Chekhov-themed shorts by Brian Friel, Aug. 10-26 (PICT).

The Last Romance. Joe DiPietro's romantic comedy about 80-year-old Ralph Bellini and his new crush, Aug. 16-Sept. 1 (Little Lake).

Funny Chekhov. A program of short plays and "vaudevilles" by Chekhov include "The Bear," "The Proposal," "Swan Song," "Drama" and "On the Evils of Tobacco," Aug. 17-25 (PICT).

The Second City for President. Touring performers from Chicago's famed improv-comedy troupe perform an election-year show, Aug. 24 and 25 (Pittsburgh Public Theater).

A Talent for Murder. Comic murder mystery about a detective novelist whose family wants her dead, Aug. 30-Sept. 8 (Apple Hill).

Man From Earth. A retiring scholar reveals a peculiar secret in this drama from Jerome Bixby, a writer from the original Star Trek and Twilight Zone series, Aug. 30-Sept. 15 (South Park).

The Burnt Part Boys. In 1962, teen-agers deal with the fallout of the deaths of their fathers in a mining accident a decade earlier, in this bluegrass-accented musical by Chris Miller, Nathan Tysen and Mariana Elder, Aug. 31-Sept. 8 (Bald Theatre Co.).

September

Becky's New Car. A woman's midlife crisis is the basis for this Steven Dietz comedy, Sept. 6-22 (Little Lake).

Dixie's Tupperware Party. Southern kitsch, audience participation and re-sealable plasticware are the staples of this touring one-woman comedy show, Sept. 6-Oct. 14 (CLO Cabaret).

Cloud 9. Famed British playwright Caryl Churchill's take on sexual repression and politics in both Victorian Africa and 1970s England, Sept. 7-15 (New Olde Bank).

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