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An American in Paris, May 30-June 11 at the Benedum
An American in Paris, May 30-June 11 at the Benedum


Peter & The Starcatcher. Peter Pan prequel that’s a recent Broadway hit play with music, through Fri., May 20 (Stage 62).

Sive. Irish playwright Johh B. Keane’s 1959 drama about a village girl who’s sold to an old man, through Fri., May 20 (PICT Classic Theatre).

Always Patsy Cline. Ted Swindley’s revue-style show about the country singer’s relationship with a female fan, featuring 27 of her songs, through Sat., May 21 (Apple Hill Playhouse).

Anything Goes. Classic musical set on an ocean liner and featuring the music of Cole Porter, through Sat., May 21 (McKeesport Little Theatre).

Death of a Salesman. Arthur Miller’s classic, starring noted screen actor Zach Grenier, through Sun., May 21 (Pittsburgh Public Theater).

Hercules Didn’t Wade in the Water. Michael A. Jones’ drama centers on two men trapped on a rooftop during a hurricane, through Sun., May 21 (Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Co.).

Ironbound. Martyna Majok’s new drama about a Polish-immigrant cleaning woman struggling to make a life in contemporary Newark, N.J., through June 4 (City Theatre).


The Philadelphia Story. Philip Barry’s classic 1939 comedy about a socialite’s madcap wedding, May 18-June 3 (Little Lake Theatre Co.).

Tea for Three. A one-woman 2013 show depicting First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford, by Eric H. Weinberger and Elaine Bromka, May 18-June 3 (South Park Theater Co.).

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Photo courtesy of Arcade Comedy Theater
Comedy Royale, May 19, June 17, July 15 and Aug. 19 at Arcade Comedy Theater

The Pink Unicorn. Playwright Elise Forier Edie’s one-woman show about a recent widow in a small, conservative Texas town whose daughter comes out as gender-queer, May 18-21 and Aug. 3-6 (Off the Wall Theater Co.).

Violet. Award-winning 1997 musical about a young woman, scarred by an accident in her youth, traveling across the Deep South in 1964 to find the TV evangelist she believes can make her beautiful, May 19-28 (Front Porch Theatricals). 

Dirty Dancing. Touring live stage version of the crowd-pleasing movie romance about a dreamy dance instructor and the irrepressible Baby, May 23-28 (PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh).

La Rondine. Puccini’s romantic opera about a dissatisfied mistress, May 25-28, at Carlow University’s Antonian Theatre (Undercroft Opera). 

An American in Paris. Acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is behind this new Tony-winning musical based on the classic film, with songs by George and Ira Gershwin, May 30-June 11 (PNC Broadway).


Thom Pain (based on nothing). Will Eno’s critically acclaimed 2004 monologue, produced around the world, at the University of Pittsburgh Studio Theatre, June 1-18 (Twelve Peers).

Lotto: Experience the Dream. A middle-aged water-department worker wins $99 million and things change, in Bryan Roquemore’s 1992 comedy, June 2-11 (New Horizon Theater).

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Photo by Kitoko Chargois
ABBEY: In The Red, May 25-27 at the August Wilson Center

Proof. David Auburn’s Pulitzer-winning 2000 drama about a mathematical genius dealing with the aftermath of her mentally ill father’s demise, June 8-24 (Little Lake).

Alone Together. Three adult sons come home to empty-nester parents in Lawrence Roman’s 1984 comedy, June 8-24 (South Park Theatre).

An Act of God. The Supreme Being and archangels Michael and Gabriel are the protagonists of this satiric comedy by former Daily Show writer David Javerbaum, starring Pittsburgh favorite Marcus Stevens, June 1-July 2 (Pittsburgh Public).

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Photo courtesy of Aaron Jackendoff
The Ellipses Condition presents Thought Pockets, June 2 and 9

Mixed Emotions. A widower courts a widow in Richard Baer’s comedy, June 8-17 (Apple Hill).

Charlotte’s Web. Adaptation of the E.B. White classic set in a barnyard, June 9-18 (McKeesport Little Theater).

The Little Mermaid. Popular musical based on the hit animated Disney movie, June 14-25 (Pittsburgh CLO).

Clue: The Musical. The 1997 musical based on the board game, June 15-25 (Summer Company).

A Gathering of Sons. World premiere of an opera about police shootings, with a book by Tameka Cage Conley and composer Dwayne Fulton, June 15-29 (Pittsburgh Festival Opera).

In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play. Sarah Ruhl’s 2010 comedy about the, er, coming of the vibrator in the 19th century, June 16-24 (Throughline Theatre Co.).

One Man, Two Governors. A bumbling fellow must keep each of his two bosses from learning he’s employed by the other in Richard Bean’s 2011 farce, June 29-July 15 (Little Lake).

A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel. The edition of the franchise about church-basement ladies in small-town Minnesota that’s set in 1969, June 29-July 15 (South Park).


Hansel and Gretel. Engelbert Humperdinck’s short 1893 opera based on the fairy tale, July 1, 8 and 15 (Pittsburgh Festival Opera). 

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Photo courtesy of Jeff Mermelstein
Jonathan Safran Foer, June 9 at Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures

Seussical — The Musical. The Ahrens-Flaherty musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss, July 6-22 (Apple Hill).

In the Heights. Before he wrote Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda created this acclaimed hit musical about chasing the American Dream in one New York City neighborhod, July 7-16 (CLO).

Sweeney Todd. Stephen Sondheim’s modern-classic musical about the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, July 7-22 (Pittsburgh Festival Opera).

Pippin. A young prince finds his way in the world in Stephen Schwartz’s 1973 musical, July 7-23 (Theater Factory).

Xerxes. Handel’s opera set in the Persian royal court, July 14, 16 and 22 (Pittsburgh Festival Opera).

Disney’s Newsies. Turn-of-the-last-century New York newsboys go on strike in this Tony-winning 2011 musical, July 18-23 (Benedum Center).

Spamalot. The hit musical based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, July 20-30 (Stage 62).

Wonder of the World. David Lindsay-Abaire’s madcap 2000 comedy about a woman on an adventure and the characters she meets, July 20-Aug. 5 (Little Lake).

Trumbo. 2003 drama by Christopher Trumbo, based on the letters of his father, famed Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted in the 1950s, July 20-Aug. 5 (South Park).

Intermezzo. Strauss’ romantic opera, July 21 and 23 (Pittsburgh Festival Opera).

Rumors. The Neil Simon farce, July 27-Aug. 5 (Apple Hill).

Mamma Mia. Hit musical scored to ABBA tunes, July 28-Aug. 6 (CLO).


Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play. Anne Washburn’s dark comedy imagines a post-apocalyptic future where today’s entertainments (including The Simpsons) have become the building blocks of a fledgling culture, Aug. 3-20 at Pitt’s Studio Theatre (Twelve Peers).

Million Dollar Quartet. Early rock ’n’ roll hits score this 2006 musical inspired by the real-life 1956 meeting of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, Aug. 8-13 (CLO).

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Marissa Landrigan, Aug. 3 at Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures

The Audience. Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years of secret weekly meetings with her prime ministers is the subject of Peter Morgan’s 2013 drama, Aug. 10-26 (Little Lake).

Cahoots. An accidental murder among neighbors is the subject of this 1990 dark comedy by Rick Johnston, Aug. 10-26 (South Park).

Cloud 9. Colonialism, racism, sexual oppression and more are on the table in Caryl Churchill’s 1979 play set in 1880s Africa and 1979 London, at the Henry Heymann Theatre, in Oakland, Aug. 11-19 (Throughline).

Billy Elliot. It’s the first local production of the hit Elton John/Lee Hall musical about a British coal-miner’s kid who turns to ballet, Aug. 11-18 (Keystone State Music Theater). 

Go Back for Murder. A 1960 mystery by Agatha Christie, Aug. 17-27 (Summer Company).

Big Fish. A skeptical son seeks the truth behind his traveling-salesman father’s outrageous tall tales in Andrew Lippa’s 2013 musical, Aug. 18-27 (Front Porch).

Red Hills. An African and an American meet in Rwanda 20 years after war threw them together in this world-premiere drama by Sean Lewis, Aug. 17-Sept. 10 (Quantum Theatre).

The Dixie Swim Club. Five women, old college classmates, meet and discuss life over a 30-year period in this comedic drama, Aug. 24-Sept. 2 (Apple Hill).

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Doug Stanhope, at the Improv

Living on Love. Joe DiPietro’s 2016 comedy about a jealous diva getting back at her husband, Aug. 31-Sept. 16 (South Park).

A Masterpiece of Comic Timing. Robert Caisley’s 2016 backstage comedy, set in the ’60s, about a producer who needs a hit comedy from a young playwright stuck on tragedy, Aug. 31-Sept. 16 (Little Lake).

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