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Summer Guide 2008 - Theater Listings

Plays are listed by opening date.

For theater locations and contact info, see the index at the end of this listing.



Caught in the Net. Ray Cooney's comedy is a sequel to his Run for Your Wife, through May 24 (Comtra).

Harvey. The comedy about an alcoholic and his giant imaginary rabbit, through May 18 (South Park).

Get Ready. Musical set in the world of R&B, through May 25 (New Horizon).

The Happy Prince. Bruce Dow's new family-friendly musical, based on a children's story by Oscar Wilde, through May 18 (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical).

An Ideal Husband. The Oscar Wilde classic, through May 31 (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical).

The Importance of Being Earnest. The classic Oscar Wilde comedy, through May 18. (Stage 62)

Laughing Stock. Comedy set in the world of community theater, through May 17. (Little Lake)

Leading Ladies. The Ken Ludwig farce, through May 17 (Butler Little Theater).

Man of La Mancha. The Don Quixote musical about that impossible dream, through May 18 (Old Schoolhouse Players).

A Marriage Minuet. Contemporary comedy about suburbanites trading partners, through May 25 (City Theatre).

Plaza Suite. The Neil Simon comedy, through May 18 (McKeesport Little Theatre).

Rabbit Hole. Pulitzer-winning drama from David Lindsay-Abaire, through May 18 (Pittsburgh Public Theater).

Songs for a New World. Jason Robert Brown's song cycle spanning American history, through May 18 (Theatre Factory).

Two Trains Running. The August Wilson drama, through May 25 (Pittsburgh Playwrights).

West Side Story. Sharks 'n' Jets: the classic musical, through May 18 (Pittsburgh Musical Theater).


May 15

Ain't Misbehavin'. The musical based on the tunes of Fats Waller, through May 31 (Kuntu).

No Sex Please, We're British. A farce, through May 31 (Apple Hill).

Shear Madness. The long-running whodunnit comedy set in a hair salon plays the intimate CLO Cabaret, through Sept. 28 (CLO Cabaret).


May 16

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The great drama by Edward Albee, through May 31 (Off the Wall).


May 18-19

Floating Under Water. A staged reading of a play by France-Luce Benson that utilizes elements of Haitian folklore (Bricolage).


May 21

The Selfish Giant. Bruce Dow's new, family-friendly musical is based upon a children's story by Oscar Wilde, through May 31 (PICT).


May 22

Bust. Performer Laura Weedman, a former Daily Show regular, brings her acclaimed one-woman show contrasting her volunteer work with female inmates with life in beauty-obsessed Hollywood, through June 29 (City Theatre).

Duck Hunter Shoots Angel. Tuesdays With Morrie author Mitch Albom's comedy about tabloid journalism, through June 7 (Little Lake).

Golf, the Musical. Descriptions make it sound like just what it sounds like, through June 8 (South Park).


May 23

Funeral for a Gangster. Eileen Moushey's dinner-theater mob comedy, also June 14 and 21 (McCaffery Mysteries).


May 29

Don't Say Goodbye, I'm Not Leaving. Roger Karshner's comedy about an older man attempting to write a will at his wife's insistence, through June 21 (St. Vincent).

Eastburn Avenue. New musical about one family's journey, by local playwright/performer Marcus Stevens and composer Douglas Levine, through June 15 (Pittsburgh Playhouse).

The Odd Couple. It's Oscar and Felix one more time in the classic Neil Simon comedy, through June 29 (Public).


May 30

Rain. Somerset Maugham's drama about a missionary and a prostitute on a quarantined South Seas Island, through June 14 (Comtra).


June 3

The Color Purple. Touring, Oprah-sanctioned version of the musical adaptation of the Alice Walker novel, through June 15.

Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story. Mark St. Germain's musical covers the life and music of the country legend, through June 15 (Mountain Playhouse).


June 5

How to Write a Play. Charles Ludlam's final play, a wild farce about a playwright who keeps getting interrupted, through June 14 (Summer Company).

Take Me Out. It's the Pittsburgh premiere of this Tony-winning Richard Greenberg play about a baseball star who announces he's gay, through June 22 (barebones).


June 6

The H.M.S. Pinafore. The Gilbert & Sullivan classic, through June 22 (Pittsburgh Savoyards).

Nunsensations! Another in the "Nunsense" musical-comedy series, this one set in Vegas, through June 21 (Red Barn Players).

The Old Lady Shows Her Medals. J.M. Barrie's comedy about a Scottish woman who invents a heroic soldier son ... only to have him appear, through June 22 (New Castle).


June 12

MOMENTUM 08: new plays at different stages. Annual festival including two workshopped plays (Long Story Short, by Brendan Milburn & Valerie Vigoda, and Speak American, by Eric Simonson) and two readings: When January Feels Like Summer, by Cori Thomas, and Him, by Daisy Foote, through June 15 (City Theatre).

Panache. Don Gordon's comedy about a couple fighting over a vanity license plate, through June 29 (South Park).

Salome. Oscar Wilde's take on the Biblical story of the woman who demanded John the Baptist's head, through June 28 (PICT).

Steel Magnolias. Robert Harling's old standby about the girls of Truvy's Beauty Salon, through June 28 (Little Lake).

Travels With My Aunt. Adaptation of the Graham Greene novel about a man and his elderly aunt globetrotting together, through June 28 (Apple Hill).


June 13

Ancient History. David Ives' battle-of-the-sexes comedy, through June 28 (Off The Wall).


June 14

Defending the Caveman. One-man comedy about the battle of the sexes (Byham).

Out of This Furnace. Adaptation of Thomas Bell's celebrated 1941 novel about four generations of an immigrant steel-mill family in Braddock, through June 28 (Unseam'd Shakespeare).


June 17

Unnecessary Farce. Paul Slade Smith's comedy about two bumbling cops and the bagpipe-playing Highland Hitman, through June 29 (Mountain Playhouse).


June 20

Seussical. Horton, various Whos, Lazy Mayzie, Gertrude McFuzz and more in this musical tribute to Dr. Seuss, through July 5 (Comtra).


June 21

Peter Pan. The touring Broadway musical, starring Cathy Rigby, through July 2 (Pittsburgh CLO).


June 26

Around the World in 80 Days. Adaptation of the Jules Verne adventure about Phileas Fogg and his manservant circling the globe, through July 19 (St. Vincent).


June 29-30

Stroke. Fin-de-siècle Europe is the setting for this drama about a wealthy family, by Bricolage resident playwright David Turkel (Key to the Field) (Bricolage).


July 1

Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice musical, on stage, through July 20 (Mountain Playhouse).


July 3

The History Boys. It's the Pittsburgh premiere for Alan Bennett's hit drama about the lads of a British boarding school and their teachers, through July 19 (Little Lake).


July 8

Mame. The classic Broadway musical about an orphaned lad and his eccentric auntie, through July 13 (Pittsburgh CLO).


July 10

Footloose. The stage musical about small-town rock 'n' roll rebellion, through July 26 (Apple Hill).

The Wonder Bread Years. Former Seinfeld writer Pat Hazell's one-man show about baby-boomer pop culture begins an open-ended run (City Theater).


July 11

Don't Tell Mother. Monk Ferris' crime farce, through July 26 (Red Barn Players).

Guys & Dolls. Sarah Brown, Sky Masterson, Nathan Detroit and "Luck Be a Lady" in the classic Frank Loesser musical, through July 26 (Comtra).

Massey Harbison. An historical drama about an American-pioneer heroine, through Aug. 3 (Freeport).


July 15

Smoky Joe's Café. Musical revue of early rock 'n' roll Leiber-and-Stoller style: "Hound Dog," "Stand By Me," "Fools Fall in Love," and more, through July 20 (Pittsburgh CLO).


July 17

The Importance of Being Earnest. Oscar Wilde's classic comedy, through July 26 (Summer Company).

The Playboy of the Western World. John Millington Synge's century-old classic, about a young Irishman who becomes a hero after slaying his father, is the centerpiece of PICT's Synge Cycle, through Aug. 16 (PICT).

Urinetown. The contemporary satirical musical, through July 27 (Stage 62).


July 18

Red Hot & Cole. A portrait of songwriter Cole Porter through a mix of biography and music, through Aug. 3 (Theatre Factory).

Seussical. The musical take on Dr. Seuss, through July 27 (Old Schoolhouse).

South Pacific. The Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, through Aug. 3 (New Castle).


July 22

Annie Get Your Gun. "There's No Business Like Show Business" in the classic musical about Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, through Aug. 3 (Pittsburgh CLO).

Stonewall's Bust. The winner of the Mountain Playhouse's playwriting contest is John Morogiello's farce about a man who breaks a priceless statue at a Confederate heritage museum, through Aug. 3 (Mountain Playhouse).


July 24

Be My Baby. The adoption/road-trip comedy by Ken Ludwig, through Aug. 17 (St. Vincent).

Lend Me a Tenor. Ken Ludwig's screwball comedy about an Italian opera star at the Cleveland Opera circa 1934, through Aug. 9 (Little Lake).


July 25

Synge Cycle. A rare chance to experience all of the works of Irish playwright J.M. Synge includes a month-long series of performances including: Riders to the Sea, Well of the Saints, When the Moon Has Set, Deirdre of the Sorrows, Tinker's Wedding and The Shadow of the Glen, through Aug. 17 (PICT).


July 27-28

Troilus and Cressida. Shakespeare's drama about the siege of Troy gets a staged reading (Bricolage).

July 31

Cymbeline. Quantum Theatre's production of this Shakespeare work takes place in Mellon Park, and includes a collaboration with Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute, through Aug. 24 (Quantum).

The Star-Spangled Girl. Neil Simon's romantic comedy about two guys, their protest magazine and the girl next door, through Aug. 16 (Apple Hill).


Aug. 1

Leader of the Pack. Musical based on the life and music of pop songwriter Ellie Greenwich, who co-wrote such songs as "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Be My Baby," through Aug. 16 (Comtra).

Seussical. The Dr. Seuss musical, through Aug. 10 (Valley Players).


Aug. 5

Be My Baby. Ken Ludwig's adoption road comedy, through Aug. 17 (Mountain Playhouse).

West Side Story. Romeo and Juliet via Bernstein & Sondheim, plus switchblades and dancing, through Aug. 17 (Pittsburgh CLO).


Aug. 14

They're Playing Our Song. Neil Simon's play, with music and lyrics by Hamlisch and Bayer Sager, is a musical romantic comedy set in the world of musical comedy, through Aug. 30 (Little Lake).


Aug. 15

Arms and the Man. The George Bernard Shaw romantic comedy, through Aug. 31 (Freeport).

Subject to Change. Ken Ludwig comedy about an older woman who goes off the deep end when her sister and lifelong companion decides to marry, through Aug. 30 (Red Barn Players).


Aug. 19

Glorious! Peter Quilter's play is billed as "the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the worst singer in the world," through Aug. 13 (Mountain Playhouse).

Leading Ladies. The Ken Ludwig farce about two down-on-their-luck Shakespearean actors posing as a wealthy dying woman's nieces, through Sept. 6 (Apple Hill).


Aug. 22

Damn Yankees. The old Broadway-hit musical comedy about selling your soul for baseball, through Sept. 6 (Comtra).


Aug. 24-25

Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom. Staged reading of a new play, by Jennifer Haley, about an online horror game that skews dangerously close to suburban reality (Bricolage).


Sept. 4

Brooklyn Boy. Don Margulies' play about a writer's awkward homecoming, through Sept. 20 (Little Lake).


Sept. 5

The Glass Menagerie. The Tennessee Williams classic, through Sept. 21 (New Castle).

Once Upon a Mattress. The Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer musical, through Sept. 21 (McKeesport).

The Rocky Horror Show. A reworked version of the Richard O'Brien stage musical that inspired the cult film, through Sept. 20 (Rage of the Stage Players).



Kids Theater


Arlecchino and the Italian Clowns. A world premiere for this antic-filled stage work about a boy on the road with the circus, through May 25 (Playhouse Jr.).

International Children's Festival. The 22nd year of the festival features troupes from Mexico, South Korea, Israel, Portugal, the U.S. and more, through May 18 (Pittsburgh International Children's Theater).

A Year With Frog and Toad. A musical based on the Frog and Toad books, through May 25 (Playhouse Jr.).


June 13

"Aladdin" and "Amy's Attic." Two short plays, through June 22 (McKeesport)


June 16

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The fairy tale, through June 25 (South Park).


June 17

Aladdin. Based on the fairy tale about a boy and his lamp, through June 27 (Johnny Appleseed).


June 30

Stuart Little. Adaptation of the classic E.B. White children's classic about a kid befriending a rather sophisticated mouse, through July 9 (South Park).


July 8

Winnie-the-Pooh. Adaptation of the children's story about a boy, a bear and a tailless donkey, through July 18 (Johnny Appleseed).


July 14

The Jungle Book. Musical based on the Kipling stories, through July 23 (South Park).


July 22

Cinderella. Lost yet again: one glass slipper, through Aug. 1 (Johnny Appleseed).


July 28

The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Based on the Beatrix Potter book, through Aug. 6 (South Park).


Aug. 5

The Elves. Mysterious visitors assist luckless shoemaker, through Aug. 15 (Johnny Appleseed).


Aug. 11

The Little Mermaid. Based on the Hans Christian Anderson fable, through Aug. 20 (South Park).



Amish Monkeys. Point Breeze, 412-243-5201 or

Apple Hill Playhouse. Delmont, 724-468-5050

barebones productions. Downtown,

Bricolage Theatre. Downtown, 412-394-3353.

Butler Little Theatre. Butler, Pa., 724-287-6781.

Byham Theater. Downtown, 412-456-6666.

CCAC--South Campus. West Mifflin, 412-469-6219.

City Theatre. South Side, 412-431-4400.

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.

McCaffery Mysteries. Gaetano's Restaurant, Beechview. 800-719-0998.

McKeesport Little Theater. McKeesport, 412-673-1100.

ModernFormations Gallery. Garfield, 412-362-0274.

Mountain Playhouse. Jennerstown, 814-629-9201, x290.

New Castle Playhouse. New Castle, Pa., 724-654-3437.

New Horizon Theater. East Liberty, 412-431-0773.

Old Schoolhouse Players. Hickory, Pa., 724-344-7467.

Pandora's Box Theatre. North Side,

Pittsburgh CLO. Downtown, 412-325-1582.

Pittsburgh International Children's Theater. Oakland (various venues). 412-321-5520.

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre. Oakland, 412-561-6000.

Pittsburgh Musical Theater. Downtown, 412-456-6666.

Pittsburgh Public Theater. Downtown, 412-316-1600.

Pittsburgh Savoyards. Ross Township, 412-734-8476.

Prime Stage Theatre. North Side, 412-771-7373.

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

Quantum Theatre. Various venues, 412-394-3353.

The Rage of the Stage Players. South Side, 412-851-0922.

Red Barn Players. Ellwood City, 724-773-7150.

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.




Byham Theater. Joan Rivers (Lambda Foundation 25th anniversary, with The Renaissance City Choirs), June 21; Bruce Bruce, June 28. Downtown, 412-456-6666.

The Funny Bone. Scott Papacuri, May 15-17; Bill Scott, May 22-24; John McClellan, May 29-31; Mark Lundholm, June 5-8. Plus: All Pro Wednesdays (touring local and regional comics), weekly, and Best of the Burgh (local and regional touring comics), every Tuesday. Station Square, South Side, 412-281-3130.

The Improv. Thomas Miles, May 15-17; Ralphie May, May 29-June 1; Billy Gardell, June 5-8; Gary Owen, June 19-22; The Polish Tour (feat. Western Pa. native Bob Golub), June 26-29; Bill Burr, July 10-13; Ralph Harris, July 17-20; Robert Schimmel, July 24-27; Aries Spears, July 31-Aug. 3; John Caparulo, Aug. 7-10; Jim Breuer, Aug. 14-17; Pablo Francisco, Aug. 29-31; Doug Benson, Sept. 4-7. Plus: Comedic Open Mic Nights, most Wednesdays. The Waterfront, West Homestead, 412-462-5233.

ModernFormations Gallery. Hustlebot, the long-form improv-comedy troupe, every Thursday. Garfield, 412-362-0274.




American Shorts Reading Series. "Passages: Literature That Has Inspired the Gay Community," with Mark Doty and guest readers, June 20; "An Incident of Human Rights," with Francisco Goldman and Horacio Castellanos Moya, Sept. 11. New Hazlett Theatre, North Side. 412-622-8866

Gist Street Reading Series. Eighth Annual Gist Street Cookout Extravaganza with McSweeney's, July 19; Rusty Barnes (fiction) and John Rybicki (poetry), Aug. 1; Shauna Seliy (fiction) and Kazim Ali (poetry), Sept. 12. James Simon Sculpture Studio, Uptown. 412-489-0404.

The New Yinzer's TNY Presents. Brendan Kerr and Renee Alberts, May 21; Julie Albright, Savannah Schroll Guz and Jerome Crooks, June 18; Kevin Finn, Kristofer Collins and Kurt Garrison, July 16. ModernFormations Gallery, Garfield. 412-362-0274.

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