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Short List: October 22 - 28

Bricolage's SCarrie: The Musical; Throughline Theatre has The Last Days of Judas Iscariot; Groove Aesthetic's African rhythms; the 48 Hour Horror Film Project at the Hollywood


SPOTLIGHT: Thu., Oct. 23 — Stage

Don't confuse Bricolage Productions' SCarrie: The Musical with 1988's infamous Broadway-flop musical adapting Carrie, Stephen King's best-selling horror novel about a bullied, telekinetic teenager and her uniquely disastrous senior prom. Rather, it's descended from Carrie White The Musical, a 2002 comedy by Atlanta troupe Dad's Garage. (Neither show is related to Scarrie! The Musical, an Illinois-based troupe's send-up of both the Broadway show and Brian DePalma's classic 1976 film adaptation.) Bricolage artistic director Tami Dixon borrowed Joel Abbott's songs from Carrie White for her own new adaptation, which is drawn straight from King's book, with twists. Bricolage's show, which transplants Carrie from Maine to Allderdice High School, is staged in the troupe's signature Midnight Radio style, with a six-member cast backed by a live rock band and live sound effects. With Carrie played by actor Connor McCanlus (pictured), it's still a comedy, with a touch of camp. "But there is a heart to it, and there is horror to it," says Dixon. Matt M. Morrow directs SCarrie, which bids to join Night of the Living Dead and War of the Worlds as Halloween-themed Midnight Radio hits. Get tickets early; at Bricolage's intimate space, sell-outs are common. A Halloween-night show includes a Bricolage prom, with patrons encouraged to wear their "best (or bloodiest) prom attire." Bill O'Driscoll Oct. 23-Nov. 8. 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $35. 412-471-0999 or

Thu., Oct. 23 — Stage

The one singular sensation that is A Chorus Line gets a special new production at the Byham Theater. Staged by Pittsburgh Musical Theater's Rauh Conservatory, it stars young musical-theater hopefuls as the show's young musical-theater hopefuls, with live music by the Pittsburgh CAPA Orchestra. The iconic show, with songs by the late Marvin Hamlisch including "What I Did For Love," is directed by Justin Fortunato. The choreography is by Lisa Elliot, with musical direction by Robert Neumeyer. The first of four performances this week is tonight. Bill O'Driscoll 7:30 p.m. Also Fri., Oct. 24-Sun., Oct. 26. 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $15-30. 412-456-6666 or

Thu., Oct. 23 — Stage

Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Etta James and Koko Taylor are in purgatory, and God dispatches the father of gospel music, Thomas A. Dorsey, to get them out. That's the story as New Horizon Theater stages the world premiere of Joe Plummer and Sanetta Y. Gipson's Queens of the Blues. Plummer, a veteran Chicago-based playwright and composer, calls the show a musical comedy. But while it's filled with signature songs — from "Pig Foot and a Bottle of Beer" to "At Last" — the play also relates its protagonists' struggles as black women. "These women went through a lot in their youth, and in their life," says Plummer, who also directs. The ensemble cast includes Stevie Akres, Jacquea Olday, Karla C. Payne (pictured), Terri Smith, Kevin Brown and Chuck Timbers, with Delana Flowers as God. The first performance at Maker Theater is tonight. BO 8 p.m. Show continues through Nov. 2. 5950 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside. $15-20. 412-431-0773 or

click to enlarge Close to Home, Silver Eye Center for Photography
Art by Lisa Lindvay, courtesy of the artist.

Fri., Oct. 24 — Art

The artists in Silver Eye Center for Photography's new exhibit Close to Home work to capture the emotional and spiritual sense of home. Locally based Jake Reinhart, Elizabeth A. Rudnick and Justin Visnesky are among the seven featured artists from across the country. Reinhart explores nostalgia's effect on memory. Rudnick combines photography and paint to create ghostly family portraits, and Visnesky's work tenderly documents daily family life. The exhibit opens with tonight's reception. Danielle Fox 6 p.m. Exhibit continues through Jan. 10. 1015 E. Carson St., South Side. Free. 412-431-1810 or

Fri., Oct. 24 — Talk

When everything else is hurting and healing, architecture critic Charles Jencks doesn't believe your medical center should be an eyesore, too. Jencks co-founded supplementary cancer-care facilities Maggie's Centres with his late wife, Maggie Keswick Jencks. The centres, based in the U.K., integrate architecture, art and landscape to promote wellness, a theory that Jencks will discuss today in an illustrated talk at the Carnegie Museum of Art. The exhibit Maggie's Centres: A Blueprint for Cancer Care runs at the Heinz Architectural Center through Jan. 5. DF 6:30 p.m. 4400 Forbes Avenue, Oakland. Free. 412-622-3131 or

Fri., Oct. 24 — Stage

It's not just this week's second show set in purgatory (see Thursday's Queens of the Blues). The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is also the latest local premiere of work by Stephen Adly Guirgis, the critically acclaimed talent whose salty, provocative works like The Motherfucker With a Hat have earned a Pittsburgh following. Guirgis' celestial 2005 courtroom tragicomedy depicts an attempt to spring Judas from Hell. Called to the stand are Jesus, Pontius Pilate, Mother Teresa and Satan, among others. The production concludes Throughline Theatre Company's "Mortality and Divinity" season. Tonight is the first performance at Grey Box Theatre. BO 8 p.m. Show continues through Sat., Nov. 1. $12-15 (opening night add $10).

Fri., Oct. 24 — Stage

It's the fastest theater in town: Future Ten, Pittsburgh's annual festival of 10-minute plays. Year 11's all-comedy slate, 10x10x10, is drawn from submissions from around the country. The one-acts cover everything "from urinal politics to the Wild West of suburbia, from zombie civil rights to the secret life of television spokespeople." The independently produced show runs two weekends at Future Tenant gallery, starting tonight. BO 8 p.m. Show continues through Nov. 2. 819 Penn Ave., Downtown. $10.

Fri., Oct. 24 — Music

Composer Joe Sheehan returned from his first trip to Ghana with that country's dances and rhythms still drumming in his mind, calling for him to return. Thanks to a grant from Duquesne University (where he teaches), Sheehan's wish came true: He returned to Ghana to create music reflecting Africa's cultural roots. Tonight, with help from jazz vocalist Anqwenique Wingfield (pictured), Sheehan presents his compositions in Groove Aesthetic: Winds of the Sahel. The Alloy Studios host this multidisciplinary performance with guests including Texture Contemporary Ballet, Kinetic and Trio+. DF 8 p.m. 5530 Penn Ave., East Liberty. $10-15. 412-363-3000 or

Fri.,  Oct. 24 — Party

The CATtivo HOWLoween Bash has a trick that's a treat: a dozen local rock bands come disguised as notable groups from the '70s and '80s. The Cheats play Devo, Thunder Vest is The Cars, Murder for Girls is the Ramones, and Bloated Sluts are Siouxsie and the Banshees, among others. All proceeds benefit Hello Bully and Homeless Cat Management; encouraged attire is cat/dog/Halloween-themed, and the two floors of live music is supplemented by DJs. BO 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 146 44th St., Lawrenceville. $10. 412-687-2157 or

Sat., Oct. 25 — Music

Pianist Jose Ramos Santana seems to have graced every big concert hall. His résumé includes the New York Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, Carnegie Hall, the Orchestra of L'Hermitage of Saint Petersburg — the list goes on and on. Tonight, the Julliard-trained, Puerto Rican-born Santana returns to Shadyside Presbyterian Church with a repertoire including Beethoven's "Sonata in E Flat," Isaac Albéniz's "Triana" and other Spanish and classical compositions. DF 4 p.m. 5121 Westminster Place, Shadyside. $10-15. 412-682-4300 or

Sat., Oct. 25 — Film

The popular "48-Hour Film" concept — teams have just a weekend to script, cast, shoot and edit a short film — gets spooky for the season. Tonight, entries for the Pittsburgh 48 Hour Horror Film Project will be screened at the Hollywood Theater; prizes will be awarded (including audience favorites), and there will be a wrap party. Production teams were assigned a category of horror, along with a required character, a line of dialogue and prop. Now's your chance to see how well the filmmakers tackled the challenge — and maybe even get a few goosebumps. Al Hoff 6-10 p.m. 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont. $10. 412-563-0368 or

click to enlarge Mac Barnett and illustrator Jon Klassen,
Photo courtesy of Sonya Sones

Sun., Oct. 26 — Words

Children's author Mac Barnett and illustrator Jon Klassen, a New York Times best-selling team, join forces again in their new book, Sam & Dave Dig a Hole. It's the story of two boys who have a spectacular time shoveling and scooping but doing little else. Barnett and Klassen open the season for Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures' Kids and Teens — Authors. Stories. You. They visit the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall today to share their stories with Pittsburgh. DF 2:30 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $5-10. 412-622-8866 or

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