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CURRENT

Hope & Gravity. The lives of nine characters overlap in this "comedy about fate" by Michael Hollinger (Opus), through Sun., May 25 (City Theatre).

Peter & The Starcatcher. Touring version of the hit Broadway musical that's a sort-of prequel to Peter Pan, through Sun., May 25 (Byham Theater).

Comfort Zone. Local playwright Marlon Erik Youngblood's drama about the aftermath of a neighborhood shooting, through May 31 (Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Co.).

A Love Affair. Jerry Mayer's romantic comedy about a 38-year marriage, through May 31 (South Park Theatre).

Hustlebot, May 31 at Arcade Comedy Theater
  • Hustlebot, May 31 at Arcade Comedy Theater

MAY

Saudade: a senseplay. A new "devised" play by Dylan Marquis Meyers and Connor Pickett that explores storytelling "through personal sensory experience," May 22-31 (Alarum Theatre).

When We Are Married. J.B. Priestley's 1938 comedy follows a British couple who on their 25th anniversary learn they are not legally married after all, May 22-June 7 (Little Lake Theatre).

Ring of Fire. Jukebox musical built around the songs of Johnny Cash, May 22-Aug. 17 (Pittsburgh CLO).

Chris Laitta's TV Tunes Sing-along. Audience-participation show featuring theme songs from the 1960s and '70s, May 24-31 (CLO Cabaret).

Too Many Crooks. Comedy by Douglas E. Hughes and Marcia Kash, set in 1932 Niagara Falls, about some restaurateurs whose singing chef vanishes on opening night, May 29-June 8 (Apple Hill Playhouse).

Noises Off. Michael Frayn's neo-classic farce, a play within a play, May 29-June 29 (Pittsburgh Public Theater).

Singin' in the Rain. Musical, based on the screen classic, about the transition to talking pictures, featuring the title tune, "Make 'Em Laugh" and "Good Mornin'," May 30-June 8 (Pittsburgh CLO).

Laura Woyasz stars in Noises Off
  • Laura Woyasz stars in Noises Off, May 29-June 29 at Pittsburgh Public Theater

JUNE

Pride Fest. Annual festival of one-acts by local playwrights on LGBT themes, June 5-13 (Pittsburgh Playwrights).

A Piece of Cake. Lucy Bennett's comedy about a London girl who wants to open a cake shop, June 5-21 (South Park).

Orlando. Acclaimed playwright Sarah Ruhl's new adaptation of Virginia Woolf's comic novel about a poet who lives 200 years as a man, before waking to find himself a woman, June 5-22 (Unseam'd Shakespeare).

Angels in America. Parts I and II of Tony Kushner's epic drama set during the 1980s onslaught of AIDS, June 6-15 (Throughline Theatre Co.).

OJO. Following its acclaimed STRATA, Bricolage Productions presents another intimate, immersive theater experience, this one evoking a "travel agency," June 7-15 (Bricolage).

Waiting for Godot. Beckett's epochal existential vaudeville, June 7-21 (PICT Classic).

Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike. Christopher Durang's hit Broadway comedy about rivalrous siblings, one from Hollywood and two from the sticks, June 12-28 (Little Lake).

Legally Blonde. Musical based on the film about an apparent ditz who tries law school, June 13-22 (Pittsburgh CLO).

Evil Dead: The Musical. Pittsburgh premiere of George Reinblatt's adaptation of Sam Raimi's gory cult-classic horror film, June 13-28 (No Name Players).

Prisoner of Second Avenue. Neil Simon's comedy about a New York couple whose lives spin into disaster, June 19-29 (Apple Hill).

Iphigenia and Other Daughters. Pittsburgh premiere of Ellen McLaughlin's 1994 reinterpretation of the Orestes myth, June 20-29 (Alarum).

Footloose. Dean Pitchford, Walter Bobbie and Tom Snow's stage-musical adaptation of the hit movie, June 24-29 (Pittsburgh CLO).

Suds. Jukebox musical featuring hits of the '60s, about finding love at the Laundromat, by Melinda Gilb, Steve Gunderson and Bryan Scott, June 25-July 12 (South Park).

Cactus. Philip Real's new drama, about young lovers in present-day Arizona, a Romeo & Juliet story with a supernatural twist, June 27-July 13 (Twelve Peers).

City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. Two Prague-based groups, the music-theater collective Allstar Refugee Band and the Archa Theater, join collaborators from Pittsburgh's refugee community for an original production, June 28 and 29.

JULY

Brighton Beach Memoirs. Neil Simon's 1983 Broadway hit about growing up in Brooklyn in the '30s, July 3-19 (Little Lake).

Evita. The Rice/Webber musical, July 8-13 (Pittsburgh CLO).

The Lion in Winter. James Goldman's oft-revived 1966 drama about those 12th-century British royals, Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, July 10-18 (The Summer Company).

Summer of Love. Roger Bean's musical about a runaway bride in late-1960s Haight-Ashbury, featuring hits of the era, July 10-27 (Apple Hill).

SummerFest. Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's annual three-weekend showcase includes Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow; Strauss' Ariadne on Naxos; legendary off-Broadway hit The Fantasticks (in collaboration with Attack Theatre); a series of newly commissioned arias set in bars, titled Happy Hour!; and workshop performances of A New Kind of Fallout, a new opera about the life of Rachel Carson by composer Gilda Lyons and librettist Tammy Ryan. Twentieth Century Club, Oakland, July 11-27.

Woman & Scarecrow. Pittsburgh premiere of Marina Carr's 2006 play about a dying Irishwoman and her mysterious companion, July 12-Aug. 20 (PICT).

Side Show. Bill Russell and Henry Krieger's cult-favorite 1997 musical about Daisy and Violet Hilton, the conjoined twins who gained fame as stage performers in the 1930s, July 17-27 (Stage 62).

Five Tellers Dancing in the Rain. Mark Dunn's dramatic comedy about five Mississippi bank tellers reflecting on their lives, July 17-Aug. 2 (South Park).

A New Death. Pittsburgh-based playwright C.S. Wyatt's play envisioning the afterlife as an incompetent corporate bureaucracy, July 18-26 (Throughline).

Cats. Andrew Lloyd Webber's big cat hit, July 18-27 (Pittsburgh CLO).

Ubu King! Premiere of Jordan Matthew Walsh and Connor Pickett's new adaptation of Alfed Jarry's classic political satire about a bloodthirsty monarch, July 18-27 (Alarum).

Fixing King John. Pittsburgh premiere of Kirk Lynn's contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's King John, July 18-Aug. 2 (No Name).

Children of Eden. The 1991 Stephen Schwartz and John Caird musical based on the book of Genesis, July 18-Aug. 3 (The Theatre Factory).

Romance. David Mamet's 2005 courtroom farce, July 19-Aug. 3 (Phoenix — A Theatre Company).

Dancing at Lughnasa. Brian Friel's 1992 Tony-winner about five sisters sharing the same house in rural Ireland in the 1930s, July 24-Aug. 9 (Little Lake).

Monty Python's Spamalot. Monty Python's Eric Idle and composer John Du Prez's musical adaptation of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, July 29-Aug. 3 (Pittsburgh CLO).

A Pale Blue Jazz at The Pillow Project
  • Photo courtesy of Martha Rial
  • A Pale Blue Jazz, June 19-23 at The Pillow Project

AUGUST

Tamara. In this production of John Krizanc's 1981 play about art and politics in 1927 Italy, audiences follow the character of their choice through an "estate" (Shadyside's Rodef Shalom) and even dine as part of the experience, Aug. 2-Sept. 14 (Quantum Theatre).

Suite Surrender. Michael McKeever's farce finds two Hollywood divas accidentally assigned the same Palm Beach hotel suite before a 1942 wartime show, Aug. 7-17 (Apple Hill).

Things My Mother Taught Me. Katherin DiSavino's comedy about newlyweds whose families show up at their new apartment halfway across the country, Aug. 7-23 (South Park).

The Foursome. Norm Foster's audience-pleasing golf comedy, Aug. 14-30 (Little Lake).

The Gospel Singer. C.S. Wyatt's drama about a singer and a jazz club emcee who has lost his faith, Aug. 14-31 (The LAB Project).

Offending the Audience. Austrian playwright Peter Handke's 1966 "anti-play" gets its Pittsburgh premiere, Aug. 15-24 (Alarum).

Much Ado About Nothing. Shakespeare's comedy, performed outdoors, Aug. 16-24 (South Park).

Bus Stop. William Inge's 1966 drama about folks stranded at a small-town Kansas diner, Aug. 21-30 (Summer Company).

Devised. Experimental project, incorporating acting troupes and audiences into the process of creating two workshop productions of new works, Aug. 21-30 (Bricolage).

Squabbles. Marshall Karp's domestic comedy about a married couple, the wife's curmudgeonly father-in-law and the husband's suddenly homeless mother, Aug. 28-Sept. 7 (Apple Hill).

Southern Comforts. Kathleen Clark's romantic comedy about a Yankee widower and a Tennessee grandmother stuck inside together during a big storm, Aug. 28-Sept. 13 (South Park).

Doubt, A Parable. John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer-winner about accusations of child sexual abuse in a 1960s Catholic school, Sept. 4-20 (Little Lake).

Dixie's Tupperware Party. The popular audience-participation comedy returns to Pittsburgh, Sept. 4-Oct. 12 (Pittsburgh CLO).

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme. Frank McGuinness' lyrical 1985 play about Irish soldiers in World War I, Sept. 6-20 (PICT).

CHILDREN'S THEATER

CURRENT

The Wind in the Willows. Musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic about Mr. Toad, Badger, Ratty and Mole, through Sun., May 25 (Playhouse Jr.).

Hush: An Interview with America. James Still's play about a pre-teen girl with the ability to see what others cannot, through Sun., May 25 (Playhouse Jr.).

MAY

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Tony-winning musical focusing on four awkward juvenile contestants, Fri., May 23-June 8 (Playhouse Jr.).

JUNE

Beauty Is a Beast. Play about a spoiled princess, June 16-25 (South Park Children's Theatre).

Cinderella. A new take on the classic, with a mischievous cat and added comic relief, June 16-July 2 (Johnny Appleseed Children's Theatre).

Charlotte's Web. Joseph Robinette's adaptation of the E.B. White classic about a girl, her pig and a special spider, June 25-July 12 (Looking Glass Theatre).

Rose Red. Comedy about the adventures of Snow White's less-famous teenage sister, June 30-July 9 (South Park).

Elizabeth Wein at Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
  • Photo courtesy of David Ho
  • Elizabeth Wein, July 16 at Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures

JULY

Aladdin. A musical version of the favorite tale about a youth, a princess, a genie and a lamp, July 7-16 (Johnny Appleseed).

The Princess and the Pea. The classic fairy tale, July 14-23 (South Park).

The Cat in the Hat. Stage version of the iconic Dr. Seuss book, originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain, July 16-Aug. 2 (Looking Glass).

The Further Adventures of Maid Marian. Comic version of the Robin Hood myth in which Marian takes charge (and picks kids from the audience for her gang), July 21-30 (Johnny Appleseed).

No Strings Attached. Comic musical adaptation of Pinocchio, July 28-Aug. 6 (South Park).

AUGUST

The Truly Remarkable Puss-in-Boots. The adventures of the amusingly arrogant and well-shod feline, Aug. 4-13 (Johnny Appleseed).

James and the Giant Peach. David Wood's adaptation of the Roald Dahl story about a boy who takes refuge in an outsized fruit, Aug. 6-23 (Looking Glass).

DANCE

Bodiography Center for Movement. The dance school's spring performance includes classical and contemporary works, June 7 (Byham Theater).

Carnegie Performing Arts Center. Stardust (year-end student recital), May 31 and June 1. Carnegie, 412-279-8887.

Maree ReMalia/merrygogo. The Ubiquitous Mass of Us (premiere as part of the New Hazlett's Community Supported Art series), June 14 (New Hazlett Theater).

The Pillow Project. Haunting Nagoya (in collaboration with Crusic Percission), Sat., May 24; A Pale Blue Jazz, June 19-23; and A One Night Stand on a Broken Piano (dance and experimental percussion), July 26. The Space Upstairs, Point Breeze, www.pillowproject.org.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. The PBT's student and pre-professional divisions perform new and classic works in the annual showcase, Fri., May 23 (Byham).

PrideFest Dance Showcase. Annual day-long program featuring Jasmine Hearn, The Pillow Project, Reed Dance, Staycee Pearl Dance Project, Taylor Knight, Texture Contemporary Ballet and True T Entertainment, June 15. Downtown, www.pittsburghpride.org.

COMEDY

Amish Monkeys. Improv comedy, June 14 and July 13. Point Breeze, www.amishmonkeys.com

Arcade Comedy Theater. Champagne Hierarchy, Fri., May 23. John Evans and Danny Palumbo, Fri., May 23, and Sat., May 24. Arcade Hootenany, Sat., May 24, and June 14. Comedy Royale, May 30 and June 28. Your Life: The Musical, May 30. Hustlebot, May 31. Knights of the Arcade: Epic D&D Comedy Adventure, May 31 and June 28. The Live Show with Aaron Kleiber, June 6. Blue Light Special, June 6. Dinner with the Nolens, June 7. Penny Arcade, June 14. Funnelcakes Not Included, June 21. Downtown, 412-339-0608.

Club Café. Steel City Comedy Tour (Ed Bailey, Gio Attisano, Allan Lee, Jeff Schneider, Brad Ryan and Chuck Krieger), May 30. Michael Ian Black, June 14. An Evening of Comedy with Andy Picarro, John Dick Winters, Tim Ross and Molly Sharrow, hosted by Matt Light, July 5. South Side, 412-431-4950.

Erin Foley. June 6. Cruze Bar, Strip District, www.facebook.com/cruzebar.

Eddie Izzard. May 31 and June 1 (Byham).

Bill Maher. July 26. Heinz Hall, Downtown, 412-392-4900.

Latitude 360. Louie Anderson, Thu., May 23, and Fri., May 24. Kevin White with Krish Mohan, May 30 and 31. Dwayne Gill with Mike O'Keefe, June 6 and 7. Frankie Paul with M Dickson, June 13 and 14. Jody Kerns with Dan Ellison, June 20 and 21. Robinson, 412-693-5555.

Miranda Sings. June 19. Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead, Munhall, 412-368-5225.

Pittsburgh Comedy Showcase. Hosted by Mike Wysocki, every Friday. Corner Café, South Side, 412-488-2995.

Pittsburgh Improv. Wednesday Night Live with Aaron Kleiber, Wed., May 21. Let's Talk About It, Thu., May 22. Steve Trevino, Fri., May 23-Sun., May 25. Mick Foley, Wed., May 28 (sold out) and July 24. Russell Peters, Thu., May 29-June 1. Craig Shoemaker, June 6-8. Ralphie May, June 12-15. T-Robe, June 18. Erik Griffin, June 19-22. Aries Spears, June 26-29. Pablo Francisco, July 10-13. Pauly Shore, July 18-20. Funny Mammoments with Mark Mammone, July 23 and Aug. 27. Rickey Smiley, July 25 and 26. Chris D'Elia, July 31-Aug. 2. Tom Segura, Aug. 7-10. Loni Love, Aug. 15-17. Josh Wolf, Aug. 22-24. Kevin Nealon, Aug. 29-30. West Homestead, 412-462-5233.

Slapsticks Productions. David Kaye and Matt Stanton (The Rose Bar & Grille, White Oak). 412-920-5653.

Steel City Improv Theater. A Gun Called Christopher Walken, Thunderpants, and Ocho Dik Dik every Thursday. Steamer, every Friday. Musical Improv, every Sunday. The Draft (improv teams), Fri., May 23. Almost Infamous, Fri., May 23. The Death Show, Sat., May 24. Yo! Gloria! and The 5950 Experience, May 30. Law Prov, Character Box and BYOT, May 31. Champagne Hierarch, June 7. The Orson Welles 1978 4th of July Spectacular, Fri., July 4. Shadyside, 412-404-2695.

WDVE Comedy Festival. DVE's Randy Baumann hosts an evening featuring Harland Williams, Brian Callen, Nikki Glaser, Tommy Johnagin and Bill Crawford. June 27 (Byham).

LITERARY/SPOKEN WORD

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Fizz, Boom, READ @ Your Library: 14th Annual Summer Reading Extravaganza (free family activities and entertainment), June 8 (Oakland). Experience Your New Library: Hazelwood Branch re-opening Community Day, June 21.

Cave Canem Poets. Popular annual reading series by this collective for African-American poets and City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, this year featuring Patricia Smith, Tim Seibles and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon. North Side, June 19.

City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. Writers in the Gardens (with Craig Bernier, Leslie Ann McIlroy, Dave Newman, Wendy Paff and Jamar Thrasher), July 12. Poetry Reading by Jeffrey Oaks and Jenny Johnson, Aug. 6.

Hemingway's Summer Poetry Series. Michele Battiste, Joy Katz, Leslie McIlroy and Lauren Shapiro, Tue., May 20; John Grachalski, Yona Harvey, Peter Oresick, Judith Vollmer and Michael Wurster, June 3; Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange (Michale Albright, Ziggy Edwards, Barry Govenor, Gene Hirsch, Joe Kaldon, Kathryn McGregor, Ed Murray, Steve Pusateri and Judith Robinson), June 10; Sheila Carter-Jones, Todd Davis, Diane Kerr, Wendy Scott and Robert Walicki, June 17; Caliban Books and Low Ghost Press (Jason Baldinger, M. Callen, Kristofer Collins, Bob Pajich, Daniel M. Shapiro and The Mystery Poet), June 24; Judith Brice, Daniela Buccilli, Rina Ferrarelli, Steve Murabito and Joanne Samraney, July 1; Lori Jakiela, David Newman, Sarah Shotland and Adam Matcho, July 8; Introducing Free State Review (Joan E. Bauer, Jason Irwin, Karen Lillis, Scott Silsbee, Brian Tierney, Meghan Tutolo and Barrett Warner), July 15; Jimmy Cvetic, Kevin Finn, Walt Peterson, Kayla Sargeson, Christine Telfer and special guest Tony Norman, July 22; and Celebrating The New Yinzer (Holly Coleman, Mike Good, Kurt Garrison, Taylor Grieshober, Mark Mangini, Don Wentworth and Carolyne Whelan), July 29. Hemingway's Café, Oakland, jbauer103w@aol.com.

Jason Baldinger Book Release. June 7. ModernFormations Gallery, Garfield, www.modernformations.com.

Moth Mainstage. Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures presents this annual showcase for winners of Pittsburgh's monthly StorySlams; this year's theme is "Don't Look Back." Aug. 27 (Byham).

Mystery Lovers Bookshop. Robert K. Musil (Rachel Carson and Her Sisters), Sat., May 24; Summer Solstice Soiree (free talks and signings by Pittsburgh authors), June 21; Susan Elia MacNeal (Maggie Hope mysteries), July 8; James Browning (The Fracking King), July 10; Brynn Chapman (Boneseeker), July 12; and Tom Bouman (Dry Bones in the Valley), July 15. Oakmont, 412-828-4877.

Penguin Bookshop. Charlie Lovett (The Bookman's Tale), June 11. Sewickley, 412-741-3838.

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures. Young-adult author Elizabeth Wein (Code Name Verity), July 16. Hill House Kaufmann Center, Hill District, 412-622-8866.

WordPlay. Quarterly show blending true stories with live DJ, hosted by Alan Olifson, July 18 (Bricolage).

Writers LIVE. Pittsburgh-based novelists Jacob Bacharach (The Bend of the World), June 5; Kathleen George (The Johnstown Girls), June 26; and Thomas Sweterlisch (Tomorrow and Tomorrow), Aug. 7. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Oakland, 412-622-8866.


Theater Companies and Venues

Alarum Theatre. Oakland, www.alarumtheatre.com

Apple Hill Playhouse. Delmont, 724-468-5050

Bricolage Theatre. Downtown, 412-394-3353

Byham Theater. Downtown, 412-456-6666

City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. North Side, 412-323-0278

City Theatre. South Side, 412-431-2489

CLO Cabaret. Downtown, 412-281-3973

Johnny Appleseed Children's Theater. Delmont, 724-468-5050

The LAB Project. Downtown, www.labprojectpgh.org

Little Lake Theatre. Canonsburg, 724-745-6300

Looking Glass Theatre. Canonsburg, 412-561-4402

New Hazlett Theater. North Side, 412-320-4610

No Name Players. Oakland, www.nonameplayers.org

Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. Oakland, 412-621-1499

Phoenix – A Theatre Company. Downtown, www.phoenixtheatrepgh.org

PICT Classic. Oakland, 412-561-6000

Pittsburgh CLO. Downtown, 412-325-1582

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Co. Downtown, www.pghplaywrights.com

Pittsburgh Public Theater. Downtown, 412-316-1600

Playhouse Jr. Oakland, 412-621-4445

Quantum Theatre. Various locations, 412-697-2929

South Park Theatre. South Park, 412-831-8552

Stage 62. Carnegie, 412-429-6262

The Summer Company. Duquesne University, Uptown. 412-243-5201

The Theatre Factory. Trafford, 412-374-9200

Throughline Theatre Company. Lawrenceville, www.throughlinetheatre.org

Twelve Peers. Lawrenceville, www.12peerstheater.org

Unseam'd Shakespeare. Oakland, 412-621-0244

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