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Cash on Delivery. British playwright Michael Cooney's comedy about a con on the dole, through May 23 (Comtra).
Four Dogs and a Bone. A dark comedy about the movie industry, by John Patrick Shanley (Doubt), through May 22 (Off the Wall).
Ice Glen. Joan Ackerman's literary romance, set in the Berkshires in 1918, through May 23 (Little Lake).
Lend Me A Tenor. Ken Ludwig's popular farce about opera, through May 24 (New Castle Playhouse).
Rock 'n' Roll. Tom Stoppard's heady, acclaimed multigenerational drama about Iron Curtain-era Czech politics, British intellectuals and rock music, in its Pittsburgh premiere, through May 30 (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical).
Rumors. The Neil Simon farce about an anniversary party gone awry, through May 23 (Butler Little Theater).
Seven Guitars. The 1940s-set installment of August Wilson's "Pittsburgh cycle," about the aftermath of a young bluesman's funeral, through May 24 (Pittsburgh Playwrights).
Speak American. It's the world premiere of this drama set in 1904, about an English class for immigrant steelworkers in Pittsburgh, written by Eric Simonson (Work Song), through May 31 (City Theatre).


May 21

8 Track. If you can't get enough of The Carpenters, Barry Manilow, Helen Reddy, The Bee Gees and the clothes they wore, here's the musical revue for you, through Sept. 27 (CLO Cabaret).
Beside Yourself. Nick Hall's farce about twins and mistaken identity, through June 6 (South Park).
The Dixie Swim Club. Comedy about five women's annual reunion, over 30 years, through June 6 (Apple Hill Playhouse).


May 22

Livin' Fat. Judi Ann Mason's comedy about a college-educated son who returns to live at home and work as bank janitor, through June 7 (New Horizon).
Alice's Adventures in "Wonderland." Dark, urban re-imagining of the Lewis Carroll classic (not recommended for sensitive viewers), through May 30 (Rage of the Stage Players).


May 24

Temptation. A reading of the Vaclav Havel play about life under Communism that's a twist on the Faust legend, one night only (PICT).


May 26

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. David Osmond stars in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical based on the Biblical story of Joseph, through June 7 (Pittsburgh CLO).
Spring Awakening. The hit, multi-Tony-winning Broadway musical about rebellious teens discovering sexuality in 1890s Germany, with a score by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, through May 31 (PNC Broadway Across America).


May 27

'Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3. Maripat Donovan's popular series of audience-participation one-woman comedy shows features Kim Richards as "Sister" in an open-ended run (City Theatre).


Plays & More
Harry's Friendly Service - May 28 - June 28

May 28

Among The Best. This baseball fantasy in which legendary Negro League players like Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige and Cool Papa Bell return to the Hill District to recall their heyday concludes a season of works by the late Rob Penny, through June 13 (Kuntu Repertory).
Harry's Friendly Service. In Youngstown, Ohio, in 1977, a neighborhood gas station is a community center during a steelworkers' strike in the new play by Pittsburgh-based playwright Rob Zellers, through June 28 (Pittsburgh Public Theater).
The Loman Family Picnic. A dramedy about an unhappy family from playwright Donald Margulies (Dinner With Friends), through June 14 (Little Lake).
Mojo. British playwright Jez Butterworth's acclaimed piece about murder in the British pop-music biz, circa 1958, gets its Pittsburgh premiere, through June 14 (Playhouse Rep).


May 29

Aida. The Elton John & Tim Rice musical based on the Verdi opera, through June 13 (Comtra).


June 4

Burn This. Four friends confront their lives in the wake of a fifth friend's death in this independent local production of Lanford Wilson's 1987 drama, through June 28 (New Hazlett).
Macbeth 3. The Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company collaborates on this production of an internationally staged, three-actor reimagining of the play, through June 20 (Unseam'd Shakespeare).
Solid Gold Cadillac. Howard Teichmann and George S. Kaufman's comedy dating from the 1950s concerns a woman on a campaign against huge corporate salaries and bad executive behavior, through June 13 (Summer Company).


June 5

The Seagull. The Chekhov classic, through June 20 (A Wooden Rocket).
There Goes the Bride. A father-of-the-bride's time-travel hallucinations threaten the wedding day in the comedy by Ray Cooney and John Chapman, through June 20 (Red Barn Players).


June 6

Corpo/Ilicito: The Post-Human Society #69. This new performance project by Roberto Sifuentes, Violeta Luna and Guillermo Gómez-Peña uses "our performance bodies as sites for political reinvention and poetic prophesying" in exploring the Bush and post-Bush eras (Bricolage).


June 9

Legally Blonde: The Musical. A sorority girl goes to Harvard Law in this musical romantic comedy based on the movie, through June 14 (Pittsburgh CLO).


June 11

Glorious. Peter Quilter's based-on-fact comedy about Florence Foster Jenkin, the would-be-opera-star heiress who couldn't sing, through June 27 (Apple Hill).
Homeland Insecurity. A new performance project for diverse artists to "explore the dangerous borders surrounding culture, ethnicity, gender and language," through June 13 (Bricolage).
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. The musical journey through romantic relationships, by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts, through June 27 (South Park).
What the Butler Saw. Joe Orton's classic farce, through June 27 (PICT).


June 18

Laughter on the 23rd Floor. The Neil Simon comedy set behind the scenes in 1950s television, through July 3 (Little Lake).


June 19

Alice in Wonderland. A musical version of the Lewis Carroll classic, through July 4 (Comtra).
Schoolhouse Rock, Live! Jr. A children's musical based on the old educational TV spots, through June 21 (Valley Players of Ligonier).


June 20

Swing! Boys and girls spin and jive to the sounds of the big bands in Paul Kelly's musical and dance revue, through June 26 (Pittsburgh CLO).


June 26-27

Midnight Radio. Episodic "live radio show" with music, comedy and more (Bricolage).


July 2

Cheat Sheets. It's the premiere of this comedy by F.J. Hartland, set in academia, through July 18 (South Park).
Out of This Furnace. A revival of last year's popular production of the stage adaptation of the classic Thomas Bell novel about three generations of a steel-mill family in Braddock, through July 26 (Unseam'd).


July 9

Doubt. John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer-winner about scandal at a Catholic church in the Bronx, circa 1964, through Aug. 1 (PICT).
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The Weber/Rice musical based on the Bible story, through July 25 (Apple Hill).
Off the Map. Joan Ackermann's comedic drama about an eccentric family, through July 25 (Little Lake).


July 10

Cauldron of Steel. A new historical drama about immigrant steelworkers in Vandergrift, through July 26 (Freeport Theatre Festival).
Fools. Neil Simon's farce about a Russian town full of really dumb people and the teacher who tries to help them, through July 25 (Red Barn).
Oklahoma! The classic musical, through July 25 (Comtra).


July 15

Les Misérables. Broadway veteran Robert Cuccioli reprises his role as Javert in this production of the popular musical, through July 19 (Pittsburgh CLO).


July 16

Little Shop of Horrors. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's comic musical about a giant man-eating plant, through July 26 (Stage 62).
The Voysey Inheritance. An heir discovers that his family's money-management business is actually a Ponzi scheme in this play, adapted by David Mamet from a 1905 work by Granville Barker, through July 25 (Summer Company).


July 17

All Night Strut. Musical revue featuring songs of the 1930s and '40s, with a big-band focus, through Aug. 2 (Theatre Factory).
Bye Bye Birdie. The musical about a teen idol, through July 26 (Old Schoolhouse Players).
Fiddler on the Roof. The classic musical, through Aug. 2 (New Castle Playhouse).


July 21

Barry Manilow's Copacabana. Musical inspired by the hit Manilow tune (you were expecting Iggy Pop's Copacabana?), through Aug. 2 (Pittsburgh CLO).


July 22

Beneath the Planet of the Moral Abyss. An evening of new one-acts by local playwrights, through July 26 (New Olde Bank Theatre).


July 23

Barefoot in the Park. Neil Simon's romantic comedy, through Aug. 8 (South Park).


July 24-25

Midnight Radio. Episodic "live radio show" with music, comedy and more (Bricolage).


July 30

36 Views. Contemporary, Japanese-born playwrights's Naomi Iizuka play about the power of perception, set in the Asian art world, through Aug. 30 (Quantum Theatre, outdoors venue TBA).
Harvey. Mary Chase's comedic chestnut about drunkard Elwood P. Dowd and his imaginary giant-rabbit friend, through Aug. 15 (Little Lake).


July 31

Gypsy. The classic Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim musical inspired by the story of the famous striptease artist and her mother, "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and all, through Aug. 9 (Valley Players of Ligonier).
Nunsense. The musical comedy, through Aug. 15 (Comtra).


Aug. 4

Into the Woods. The famed Sondheim musical taking a revisionist look at fairy tales, through Aug. 9 (Pittsburgh CLO).


Aug. 6

The History Boys. Alan Bennett's acclaimed contemporary play about English lads intent on Oxbridge, through Aug. 22 (PICT).
Unnecessary Farce. Paul Slade Smith's crime comedy, through Aug. 22 (Apple Hill).


Aug. 13

The Cocktail Hour. A comedic drama by A.R. Gurney (Love Letters, The Dining Room) about a playwright asking his parents' permission to do a play about them, through Aug. 29 (South Park).


Aug. 14

Barefoot in the Park. Neil Simon's crowd-pleasing comedy about newlyweds, through Aug. 29 (Red Barn).
The Mousetrap. The classic Agatha Christie whodunit, through Aug. 30 (Freeport Theater Festival).


Aug 20

Beyond Therapy. A comedy about the aftermath of a terrible blind date, by Christopher Durang (Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You), through Sept. 5 (Little Lake).


Aug. 21

Midnight Radio. Episodic "live radio show" with music, comedy and more; also Aug. 22 (Bricolage).
Moll Flanders. A new adaptation of the Daniel Defoe novel in which nine actors play more than 30 roles, through Aug. 29 (New Olde Bank).
The Wedding Singer. Musical adaptation of the hit movie, through Sept. 5 (Comtra).


Sept. 3

Nunsense III: The Jamboree. Dan Goggin's musical-comedy series about nuns takes a detour into the world of country music, through Sept. 19 (South Park).
The Rainmaker. The Richard Nash romantic comedy about drought and a marriage scheme, through Sept. 19 (Apple Hill).



Plays & More
Jim Breuer - July 30 - Aug. 2


The Amish Monkeys. Improv comedy, June 13 and July 11 (Gemini Theater).
The Funny Bone. Chuck Krieger, May 21-23; Ward Anderson, June 4-6; Mike Burton, June 11-13; Richie Byrne, June 18-20; Carol Montgomery, June 25-27. Also: Best of the Burgh (regional touring comics, every Tuesday); and All Pro Wednesdays (regional touring comics, every Wednesday). Station Square, South Side, 412-281-3130.
The Improv. Rocky LaPorte, May 21-24; Steve Byrne, May 28-31; Lee Terposic, June 4; Lavell Crawford, June 5-7; Charlie Murphy, June 11-14; Dave Attell, June 19-20; Mitch Fatel, June 25-28; Shaun Blackham and special guests, July 3; T Robe, July 3; Lynne Koplitz, July 9-12; Thomas Miles, July 16-18; Jamie Kennedy, July 24-26; Jim Breuer, July 30-Aug. 2; Tom Wilson, Aug. 6-9; Bryan Callen, Aug. 13-16; Candidates Comedy Night, Aug. 20; Hal Sparks, Aug. 21-23; Bert Kreischer, Sept. 3-6. Also: Open-mic nights, first Wednesday of each month. The Waterfront, West Homestead, 412-462-5233.
Cabaret at Theatre Square. Late Night Cabaret: Pittsburgh Pundits, May 23; The Serious Comedy Show and Hustlebot, May 30. Downtown, 412-456-6666.




American Shorts Reading Series. Sexuality & Faith, A Program for Pride (with Rev. Janet Edwards), June 10; Iran Unveiled (with novelists Moniro Ravanipour and Anahita Firouz), July 23; Special Event, August (date TBD). WYEP Community Broadcast Center, South Side, 412-622-8866.
Gist Street Reading Series. Salvatore Scibona (fiction) and Hadara Bar-Naday (poetry), June 5; 9th Annual Cookout Extravaganza (featuring Autumn House Press), July 18. Uptown, 412-489-0404.
Hemingway's Poetry Series. Timons Esaias, Michelle Stoner and Arlene Weiner, May 26; Arlan Hess, Mike Schneider and Christina Springer, June 2; Judith Dorian, Roberta Hatcher and Gene Hirsch, June 9; Angele Ellis, Erin Garstka, Edna Machesney and Shirley Stevens, June 16; Anita Byerly, Christine Doreain Michaels, Fred Peterson and "The Mystery Poet," June 23; Jay Carson, Joseph Karasek and Richard St. John, June 30; Madeleine Barnes, Joan E. Bauer, Ann Tomer and Lori Wilson, July 7; Jessica Jopp, Cvetka Lipuš and Michael Simms, July 14; Jimmy Cvetic, Ellen McGrath Smith & The Mystery Poets, July 21; The Grand Finale (10-12 poets), July 28. Hemingway's Café, Oakland, [email protected].
New Hazlett Theater. Poetry Night, May 23.
The New Yinzer's TNY Presents. Matt Newton, Margaret Bashaar and Mark Possanza, with music by Karl Hendricks, May 20; summer hiatus (June and July); Laura Davis (Weave Magazine co-founder), Scott McClanahan and Cathy Day, with music by Pillars, Aug. 19. ModernFormations Gallery, Garfield, 412-362-0274 or
Poetry Without Walls. 13th Annual open-mic reading, June 6. Garfield Artworks, Garfield. 412-231-1581
Té Café Reading Series. Lori Wilson and Richard St. John, May 21; Phil Terman and Jason Irwin, June 11. Squirrel Hill, 412-422-8888.




Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School Spring Performance. Student and prep-professional divisions perform new and classic works, May 31 (Byham; 412-456-6666).
The Pillow Project. Second Saturdays (informal multimedia performances): Dirty, Hot and Blue, July 11; One the Moment, Aug. 8 (The Space Upstairs, Point Breeze;
Visionary Performing Arts Academy. The academy's 10th-anniversary show, Never Would Have Made It, features dance performances by children ages 2-18, June 20 (Byham).



Kids' Theater



Charlotte's Web – The Musical. E.B. White's classic tale of friendship between Wilbur and his farm friends, through May 24. (Playhouse Jr.)
Five Children and It. A play about five children's conflict between make-believe and responsibility, through May 29. (Playhouse Jr.)


June 5

The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood. A comic version of the legend, through June 14 (McKeesport Little Theatre Junior Theater).


June 15

The Princess and the Pea. Han's Christian Andersen's fairy tale, through June 24 (South Park Theatre).


June 16

The Princess and the Pea. Comical adaptation of Han's Christian Andersen's fairy tale, through June 26 (Johnny Appleseed).


June 24

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. Bovines get literate in this musical adaptation of the Doreen Cronin book, through July 11 (Looking Glass Theatre).


June 29

Rats! The Musical Story of the Pied Piper. A humorous outdoor musical based on the fairy tale, through July 8 (South Park Theatre).


July 7

The Cat in the Castle. A pterodactyl guards the wicked queen's castle against cats, through July 17 (Johnny Appleseed).


July 13

Spontaneous Summit of Storybook Scoundrels. Classic storybook bad guys unite, through July 22 (South Park Theatre).


July 15

Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Adventures. A quirky second-grader is the hero of this adaptation of the book by Lois Lowry, through Aug. 1 (Looking Glass Theatre).


July 21

Briar Rose – The Tale of Sleepy Beauty. Quirky adaptation of the fairy tale about a curious girl, shy prince and two-headed troll, through July 31 (Johnny Appleseed).


July 27

Sleeping Beauty. Musical adaptation of the fairy tale, through Aug. 5 (South Park Theatre).


Aug. 4

Pinocchio. The classic story told commedia style, through Aug. 14 (Johnny Appleseed).


Aug. 5

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. A boy's relationship to a mouse is the focus of this adaptation of the book by Laura Joffee Numeroff, through Aug. 22 (Looking Glass Theatre).


Aug. 10

The Little Prince. Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's famous children's novel, through Aug. 19 (South Park Theatre).



Theater Venues

Amish Monkeys. Point Breeze, 412-243-5201 or
Apple Hill Playhouse. Delmont, 724-468-5050.
August Wilson Center for African American Culture. Downtown, 412-258-2700.
Bricolage Theatre. Downtown, 412-394-3353.
Butler Little Theatre. Butler, Pa., 724-287-6781 or
Byham Theater. Downtown, 412-456-6666.
CLO Cabaret. Downtown, 412-281-3973.
City Theatre. South Side, 412-431-2489.
Comtra Theatre. Mars, 724-773-9896.
Freeport Theatre Festival. Leechburg, Pa., 724-295-1934.
Johnny Appleseed Children's Theater. Delmont, 724-468-5050.
Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. East Liberty, 412-363-3000.
Kuntu Repertory Theater. Oakland, 412-624-7298.
Little Lake Theatre. Canonsburg, 724-745-6300.
Looking Glass Theatre. Canonsburg, 412-561-4402.
McKeesport Little Theater. McKeesport, 412-673-1100.
New Castle Playhouse. New Castle, Pa., 724-654-3437.
New Hazlett Theater. North Side, 412-320-4610.
New Horizon Theater. East Liberty, 412-431-0773.
New Olde Bank Theater. Verona, 412-251-7904.
Off The Wall. Washington, Pa., 724-873-3576.
Old Schoolhouse Players. Hickory, Pa., 724-344-7467.
Pittsburgh CLO. Downtown, 412-325-1582.
Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre. Oakland, 412-561-6000.
Pittsburgh Playhouse, Playhouse REP and Playhouse Jr. Oakland, 412-621-4445.
Pittsburgh Playwrights. Downtown, 412-394-3353 or
Pittsburgh Public Theater. Downtown, 412-316-1600.
Quantum Theatre. Various venues, 412-697-2929.
The Rage of the Stage Players. South Side, 412-851-0922.
Red Barn Players. Ellwood City, 724-773-7150.
South Park Theatre. South Park. 412-831-8552 or
Stage 62. Carnegie, 412-429-6262.
The Summer Company. Duquesne University, Uptown, 412-396-6429.
The Theatre Factory. Trafford, 412-374-9200.
Unseam'd Shakespeare. Strip District, 412-621-0244.
Valley Players of Ligonier. Ligonier, 724-238-6514.
A Wooden Rocket. Downtown, 312-502-4918.

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