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Jen Childs visits with her touring one-woman comedy Why I'm Scared of Dance, about her days as an aspiring dancer. "Those who can't do, mock," she notes. The show includes parodies of dance numbers from Broadway classics like West Side Story. Feb. 2-12. City Theatre, South Side. 412-431-2489 or

A middle-aged man with six months to live seeks out the majorette who was his high school crush in Mid-Strut, a world-premiere play by first-time playwright Eric Burns. The Ambridge, Pa., native made his mark in TV journalism and as a non-fiction author. Feb. 2-19. Point Park REP, Oakland. 412-392-8000 or

Uncommon, a world premiere choreographed by frequent Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre collaborator Dwight Rhoden, highlights the first-ever PBT production at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. Rhoden's Uncommon pairs contemporary-ballet movement with the music of Bach. Feb. 8-12. Downtown. 412-281-0360 or

The Gammage Project is a new stage "docudrama" by longtime University of Pittsburgh theater professor Attilio Favorini, exploring the 1995 death of African-American motorist Jonny Gammage, during a routine traffic stop in Brentwood. The case generated headlines for years, exposing racial tensions in the region. The show is co-produced by Pitt and Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Co.; Mark Clayton Southers directs. Feb. 9-19. Henry Heymann Theater, Oakland. 412-624-7529 or

Performance artist Young Jean Lee last visited with The Shipment, a brilliantly confrontational stage show about racism. She returns to The Andy Warhol Museum's Off the Wall series with We're Gonna Die, a cabaret-style evening featuring her new band, Future Wife, and a dark song cycle about life's futility. Feb. 17. North Side. 412-237-8300 or

Photo courtesy of Antoinette Mooey

It's rare for Pittsburgh to host a U.S. premiere by an internationally celebrated modern-dance troupe. But the critically acclaimed Anatomica, by Dance Works Rotterdam, is just that. This Pittsburgh Dance Council show also launches the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's four-month Distinctively Dutch Festival, featuring performance art, multimedia theater, visual art and music. Feb. 18. Byham Theater, Downtown. 412-456-6666 or

Choreographer Karole Armitage — known for her collaborations with experimental composers and contemporary artists, and work on videos for the likes of Madonna — has forged a celebrated international career as "the punk ballerina." Pittsburgh Dance Council presents her company Armitage Gone! performing its 2010 work Three Theories, inspired by physicist Brian Greene's book The Elegant Universe. March 3. Byham Theater, Downtown. 412-456-6666 or 

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