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Comment Archives: stories: Stage: Theater Reviews + Features

Re: “The Summer King at Pittsburgh Opera

A wonderful review of a great new Opera. However, how could Ms. Pilecki completely miss Tenor, Sean Panikkar, as Wendell Smith? He's one of the top 3 performers in The Summer King and has been lauded by all other reviews to date!

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Posted by Suncatcher on 05/03/2017 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Woody’s Order at The REP

Felt is the past tense of feel. Yet, what I felt I still feel.

Thanks Ann.

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Posted by Ron Shorts on 02/12/2017 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Woody’s Order at The REP

Bravo for "Woody's Order". a moving one- woman show written and performed by Pittsburgh's own Ann Talman.
From the Polaroid photos on the dark stage, to the old home movies, Ann kept the audience engaged in her touching portrayals of family members and others who were meshed into Ann's and Woody's life.
I expected a great show, but it totally exceeded my expectations! Just as I was on the verge of tears, Ann changed gears and my sadness turned to laughter and smiles. It was entertaining from beginning to end, this seasoned Broadway performer came home and gave us an amazing production! Don't miss it!

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Posted by Susan Castriota on 02/09/2017 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Woody’s Order at The REP

I wanted to see it.

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Posted by Ann Dougal on 02/08/2017 at 9:00 PM

Re: “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at barebones productions

How could you miss them? They were about as subtle and insightful as a fire engine. . .

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Posted by XYZ on 02/01/2017 at 8:28 PM

Re: “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at barebones productions

It sounds like you missed all of the political undertones to me.

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Posted by Wowzers on 02/01/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical at the Conservatory Theatre Company

This reviewer can't get over the fact that it's a short show, how about a little opinion on the cast, instead of that throwaway line in the last paragraph? Seems to make you wonder if they were even watching the show, which was a great show. This review is total bs

Posted by Annonymous on 12/15/2016 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Last Train to Nibroc at Little Lake

I saw the play and enjoyed it thoroughly. Golly gee, is a review not a review unless it be critical? What is wrong with a well done happy ending story? Novelty is great when it adds drama or leads an audience to contemplate unexpected possibilities, but it is not necessary to every new production! I liked "Last Train to Nibroc" and recommend it.

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Posted by Shetland Pony on 11/17/2016 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Feeding the Dragon at City Theatre

Nice I need gems

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Posted by Anthony Crenshaw on 11/07/2016 at 4:11 AM

Re: “Seven Guitars at Pittsburgh Playwrights

I feel so lucky to have such easy and affordable access to such amazing theatre and performance. I mean I was SITTING IN AUGUST WILSON'S BACKYARD -- watching some of Pittsburgh's most compelling actors directed by a man who I think brings so much to love and thoughtfulness to every thing he directs. I have been given the opportunity to sit around, up close, at a table and observe a part of the past that I would have not otherwise been permitted. A step back in an era so beautiful. I sweat for 3.5 hours and it was worth every drop.

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Posted by Karen Hannon on 09/03/2016 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Floyd Collins at Front Porch Theatricals

I attended the show and I kind of felt the same way. Having attended shows like "The Civil War", I felt I would fall in love with this piece. Throughout the performance the visuals, lighting, acting and voices were all so beautiful. The echo in the songs was something I have never heard before and perfectly executed. I just couldn't gel with the story line. I don't know what it was. I don't feel it was a failure in any aspect of production. I just feel the words were meant for someone who should be flying around a stage singing them and instead he was trapped. Maybe that is the irony in it all.

Posted by Karen Hannon on 09/03/2016 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Seven Guitars at Pittsburgh Playwrights

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Posted by Energy Innovation Center on 09/02/2016 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Floyd Collins at Front Porch Theatricals

So Ted liked everything individually, but didn't like the whole? Fine. It's like those shows that win all the awards but don't get Best Musical. I thought it was a superb production of a rarely done musical that FPT can be very proud of.

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Posted by Matthew Wolf on 09/01/2016 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Floyd Collins at Front Porch Theatricals

"I’m unable to pinpoint the exact problem," admits this reviewer -- perhaps because he's looking in the wrong place. Maybe he found the overall production less successful than the sum of its parts, at least most of which he concedes are individually quite impressive, due to his own limitations or personal biases. The language and tone of his commentary implies envy in regard to the company's previous efforts (He's been waiting for them to fail) and judgment about the presumed cost of the high production values (I doubt he's seen the show budget). This much I can say for sure: As a first-time Front Porch audience member, I had no expectations for the company to live up to. I found the production engaging, compelling, and moving from start to finish. In my relatively well-informed opinion (two graduate degrees in theatre and considerable professional experience), the artistic vision was beautifully conceived and executed and overcame the flaws/challenges inherent in the material itself. I encourage you to disregard Mr. Hoover's apparent boredom and let the impressive work of these artists transport and touch you.

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Posted by AcademicAnonymous on 08/31/2016 at 11:43 AM

Re: “An American Idiot for the Black Lives Matter era

Should be amazing. This group puts on great performances with a tremendous amount of energy and soul.

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Posted by Ken Levin on 07/27/2016 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Venus in Fur at Pittsburgh Public Theater

Ted Hoover certainly makes me want to see this.

Posted by Tere on 06/17/2016 at 4:09 AM

Re: “Serpentine at Uncumber Theatrics

I'm currently immersed in Serpentine with a friend, and we've completely fallen down the rabbit hole on this one. In other words, we're loving it (if not obsessed).

Anyone can join the 'game' through June 11, and it runs until June 23.

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Posted by DHG on 06/03/2016 at 5:03 PM

Re: “The Old Settler at New Horizon

Huge shout out to Judith Saunders for all her hard work behind the scenes.

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Posted by Bob on 06/01/2016 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Undercroft Opera reimagines Don Giovanni via Count Dracula

I know the level of outstanding talents putting this production together, from wonderful directors, singers, and musicians to beautiful costumes and stunning backdrop projections! The originality of much of the libretto in no way lessens the power of Mozart's music ("the music is king") as stage director Sarah Young emphasizes and audiences are in for such an engaging, not to be missed experience!

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Posted by Charles Young on 05/25/2016 at 7:33 PM

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