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Winter Guide 2014

A selection of local happenings that should provide entertainment, edification and exercise this season

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Pittsburgh Public Theater comes out singing (and laughing) with Stephen Sondheim's classic Company. "Side by Side by Side" and "The Ladies Who Lunch" are among the tunes in this groundbreaking, Manhattan-set musical comedy about a single guy, his married pals and his girlfriends. There's an 11-piece orchestra, and the lead is played by Pittsburgh native Jim Stanek. Jan. 23-Feb. 23. Downtown. 412-316-1600 or

click to enlarge Come Out Laughing at Cruze Bar
Come Out Laughing at Cruze Bar

Jason Dudey describes the Come Out Laughing comedy tour as "gay, gay-friendly and who-cares-who-you-are-or-who's-in-your-bed." At the national tour's stop at Cruze Bar, Dudey is joined by LOGO favorite Dana Goldberg and Ian Harvie, the transgender comedian featured in the concert film Ian Harvie Superhero. Jan. 24. Strip District.

Quantum Theatre takes it Downtown — specifically, to the historic, classically styled former Union National Bank — for Madagascar. It's the local premiere for work by acclaimed American playwright J.T. Rogers; the award-winning 2004 play is about three storytellers and the nature of memory. The top-shelf cast includes Helena Ruoti, Larry John Meyers and Melinda Helfrich. Jan. 30-Feb. 16. 412-362-1713 or

click to enlarge Compagnie Käfig at Byham Theater
Compagnie Käfig at Byham Theater

The New York Times calls Compagnie Käfig "one of the most innovative troupes on the experimental dance scene." The internationally touring, all-male group from Brazil starts with hip-hop dance and blends in samba and capoeira. Pittsburgh Dance Council presents performances of original works set to a score of samba and bossa nova. Feb. 1. Byham Theater, Downtown. 412-456-6666 or

Though a few productions in its 10-year history have had materially rich stagings, barebones productions revisits its namesake roots with A Steady Rain. The local premiere of Keith Huff's drama about two Chicago cops, lifelong friends whose profession threatens to tear them apart, stars David Whalen and Patrick Jordan. Feb. 13- March 2. New Hazlett Theater, North Side.

In time for Black History Month, New Horizon Theater stages Do Lord Remember Me at the Union Project. James de Jongh's play is a collage of song, movement and storytelling drawn from interviews with ex-slaves recorded in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers Project. Feb. 15-March 2. Highland Park.

If Andrew Jackson had been a misbehaving rock star, U.S. history would be a lot more like Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, the 2008 rock musical by Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman that critics have called "sublimely raucous" and "invigorating." Point Park's Conservatory Theatre Co. has a new production. Feb. 21-March 2. Pittsburgh Playhouse, Oakland. 412-392-8000 or

Willa Cather's 1905 short story "Paul's Case" concerns a Pittsburgh boy who flees the grim Iron City for the glamour of New York; things go poorly. Paul's Case is now an opera by Gregory Spears and Kathryn Walat. Pittsburgh Opera performs the local premiere in its George R. White Studio. Feb. 22-March 2. Strip District. 412-281-0912 or

The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater's terrific artist-residency program presents another promising production, as internationally acclaimed choreographer Sidra Bell offers the world premiere of her latest work. Sidra Bell Dance New York performs garment at the theater. March 7 and 8. East Liberty. 412-363-3000 or

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