Abigail/1702 takes a strange story and makes it stranger. On opening night at City Theatre, as will be described shortly, it provoked an unusual reaction from the audience. And you know you are in for a strange evening as soon as you sit down and open the play’s program. To avoid spoilers, it lists a couple of the cast members as follows: John Feltch playing “Reverend Parris and
Three things you should know about Dream of Autumn:
One, there are outhouses. Not in the play. Outside. When you read that Quantum Theatre is staging the play in “the former Park Schenley Restaurant” at the Royal York in Oakland, it may conjure up visions of a faded-glory interior with chandeliers, oak paneling and other trappings of elegance. Uh-uh. The owners have gutted the cavernous space, down to the structural bare bones. With Quantum’s eerie lighting, this makes it perfect for
If you’re looking for colorful costumes or a dazzling set to lift the winter blues, you won’t find it in Quantum Theater’s production of John Gabriel Borkman, playing now through Feb. 24 at the Hart Building in East Liberty. Yet, strangely, it is the production’s sparse
The planets have aligned for a rare double feature. The national touring company of Les Miserables is in town at the Benedum Center, through January 27, while the film version is still on local screens. It’s a chance to see how two different directors and casts—working in different media—handle the same material.
I’ve taken my double dose of “Les Miz” and found each version to have its merits. And I’ve enjoyed comparing the two, which then prompted
Is it a must-see? Coming from a free country, let’s just say Maple and Vine at the City Theatre is a you-really-ought-to-see-it. The play is entertainingly weird, not to mention weirdly entertaining. It is a rare idea well done; and it will leave you thinking. Unless you prefer not to think too much. Which is sort of what the
“Jersey Boys”, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical, about four blue-collar Newark, New Jersey boys who hit the big time in 1964: Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio and Nick Massi. “Jersey Boys” has been playing to packed houses around the world since it debuted on Broadway in November, 2005. It is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as part of the “Broadway Across America” series.
The musical biography of the famed foursome is divided into four seasons of the group’s life. Starting out
Here’s the problem with August Wilson plays. Too many people consider the act of seeing them to be a civic or cultural duty.
After all, August Wilson is the most prominent playwright ever to come out of Pittsburgh, and he wrote plays that are set in Pittsburgh, and until