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Better Late. M*A*S*H* TV-series creator Larry Gelbart’s 2008 comedy finds a man forced by illness to cohabitate with his ex-wife and her husband, Sept. 1-17 (South Park).

Shirley Valentine. Willy Russell’s 1989 Tony-winner is a one-character play about a middle-aged British housewife, before and after an adventure abroad, Sept. 1-17 (PICT).

Children’s Theatre

click to enlarge Judy Blume, July 12 at Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
Judy Blume, July 12 at Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures


Stone Soup. Musical adaptation of the classic folk tale, through Sun., May 22 (Playhouse Jr.).

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Bruce Mason’s adaptation of the classic Judy Blume book about a boy and his irritating brother, through Sun., May 22 (Playhouse Jr.).


The White Cat. Fairy-tale adaptation, June 20-29 (South Park Children’s Theatre).

The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Musical based on Judith Kerr’s book, about an unusually large feline guest, June 29-July 16 (Looking Glass Theatre).

Oh, Jack. A musical-comedy twist on Jack and the Beanstalk, June 14-24 (Johnny Appleseed)


The Frog Prince. Adaptation of the popular fable, July 5-13 (South Park).

The Enchanted Sleeping Beauty. The classic fairy tale, July 5-15 (Johnny Appleseed).

Beauty and the Beast. David Pierini’s recent (nonmusical) adaptation of the popular fable, July 20-Aug. 6 (Looking Glass).

The Magical Land of Oz. Wizard of Oz adaptation, July 18-27 (South Park).

Looking Glass Land. An adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, July 26-Aug. 5 (Johnny Appleseed).


Snow White and the Seven Fairy Godmothers. A twist on the classic fable, Aug. 1-10 (South Park).

A Surprise for Lydia. A little girl debates whether to open a large, mysterious box in this new play by Sunny Disney Fitchett, Aug. 10-27 (Looking Glass).


Artcity: Reed Dance Intensive. Showcase for students ages 8-12, July 18-23 (Byham Theater). Also Aug. 16 (Kelly-Strayhorn Theater).

Bodiography Center for Movement. Spring Concert (Bodiography dance students), June 4 (Byham Theater). The Frick Art Museum Presents Bodiography (site-specific work), July 29.

Carnegie Performing Arts Center. Annual student recital, June 4 and 5. Carnegie, 412-279-8887

fireWALL dance theater. EFF.UL.GENTS (premiere of Elisa-Marie Alaio’s work set to music by Monteverde), July 7-9 and 14-16 (Off the Wall Productions).

The Pillow Project. Thought Pockets (day-long, immersive public performance-art installation on Strawberry Way), June 3. Downtown.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. The troupe’s annual Ballet Under the Stars performance at Hartwood Acres, Aug. 21.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. The spring dance performance including classical and contemporary works performed by students from both student and pre-professional divisions, May 20 and 21 (Byham).

Texture Contemporary Ballet. Song of the Earth, with dance accompanying chamber orchestra Resonance Works of Pittsburgh’s performance of Mahler’s classic, Fri., May 20, and Sun., May 22 (Charity Randall Theatre, Oakland).


Arcade Comedy Theater. Bonus Stage, Sun., May 22- July 31. Beta Stage, Sat., May 21- June 25. Dinner with the Nolens, June 4, July 2, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3. Knights of the Arcade: Epic D&D Comedy, Sat., May 21. Improv Pop-Up Night, Thu., May 19. Mixed Doubles, Fri., May 20. The Playlist: Music-Inspired Improv, Thu., May 19. Comedy Royale, Fri., May 20. The Justin & Jerome Experience, Fri., May 20. Comic Wars, Sat., May 21. Sketchville, May 26-28. Gab Bonesso, July 16. Downtown, 412-339-0608

Club Café. The Loaded Show (featuring Aaron Kleiber and others), Sat., May 21. Alex Stypula Live Album Recording, June 11. South Side, 412-431-4950

DVE Comedy Festival. Featuring Chris D’Elia, Roy Wood Jr., Bret Ernst and Jimmy Shubert, June 24 (Byham).

Comedy Sauce Showcase. Hosted by Aaron Kleiber every Monday. Pleasure Bar, Bloomfield. 412-682-9603

Billy Gardell. Standup show by the sitcom star and Pittsburgh native, May 19-21 (Monroeville Convention Center).

Chris Hardwick. The TV host and comic, June 10 (Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, Munhall).

Bill Maher. The TV host returns July 8 (Heinz Hall).

Krish Mohan. The former Pittsburgher performs An Indian Comedian: How Not to Fit In (also live album recording), May 28 (Hambone’s Restaurant, Lawrenceville).

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullaly. The comedians and marrieds bring their tour Summer of 69: No Apostrophe, Aug. 21 (Benedum Center).

Off the Wall Productions. Luck It We’ll Do It Five (new show by Off the Wall’s resident sketch-comedy troupe, The Harvey WALLbangers), June 17-19.

click to enlarge Terry Jones, Aug. 11 at the Pittsburgh Improv
Terry Jones, Aug. 11 at the Pittsburgh Improv

Pittsburgh Comedy Showcase. For pros and amateurs, hosted by Tom Kupiec. Corner Café, South Side, 412-488-2995

Pittsburgh Improv. Joey Diaz, Thu., May 19-Sat., May 21. Gary Owen, May 26-29. Adam Ferrara, June 2-5. Josh Tryhane & Brennen Taylor, June 4. Marauders Baseball Fundraiser, June 8. Craig Shoemaker, June 10-12. Jay Mohr, June 15. Bruce Bruce, June 17-19. Danny Palumbo, June 22. Big Jay Oakerson, June 23-26. John Henton, June 30-July 3. Guy Torry, July 7-10. Rocky Laporte, July 14-17. Brent Morin, July 28-30. Candidates Comedy, Aug. 10. Terry Jones, Aug. 11. Jon Lovitz, Aug. 12-14. Tony Rock, Aug. 18-21. West Homestead, 412-462-5233

Pittsburgh Improv Jam. Thursdays at Cabaret at Theater Square, Downtown, 412-281-3973

click to enlarge The Second City at Pittsburgh Public Theater, Aug. 26 and 27 - PHOTO COURTESY OF TODD ROSENBERG
Photo courtesy of Todd Rosenberg
The Second City at Pittsburgh Public Theater, Aug. 26 and 27

Pittsburgh Public Theater. Famed Chicago-based sketch and improv troupe The Second City visits for three performances of Free Speech! (While Supplies Last), including new and classic material satirizing politics, Aug. 26 and 27.

Jerry Seinfeld. The standup legend does two shows Sat., May 21 (Benedum).

Slapsticks Comedy Club. Steve Sabo and Derrick Knopsnyder, May 21 (Rose Bar & Grille, White Oak). Lamp Theatre (Irwin) shows: John Evans, Mike Wysocki and Mike Sasson, June 4; Derrick Knopsnyder, Terry Jones and Matt Light, July 9; Shaun Blackham, T-Robe and David Kaye, Aug. 6.


The Long Song. Local artist Jennifer Nagle Myers’ “collaborative composition,” a two-hour performance artwork featuring 21 performers — one on each block of Penn Avenue between Main Street and Highland Avenue, May 22.

An Evening with Broadway’s Michael Cerveris & Seth Rudetsky. One-night Pittsburgh CLO fundraiser with Tony-winning actor and musician Michael Cerveris and radio host Seth Rudetsky, May 23 (CLO Cabaret).

RuPaul’s Drag Race. Touring revue based on the hit TV series, June 1. Carnegie Music Hall, Homestead.

The Smokin’ Hot Summer Show. Local troupe Smokin’ Betties Burlesque presents its tribute to the season, at Club Café (June 10).

Cirque du Soleil. Toruk: The First Flight (new internationally touring circus show based on the film Avatar), June 22-26. Consol Energy Center, Uptown.

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