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From Sci-Fi Spoof to Psychodrama, ‘Acting Out’ Delivers a Bold Bill of New One-Acts

There is nothing in theater quite like an evening of one-acts. If the plays are right you get a greatest-hits effect, a sampling of tightly honed short pieces in different styles and moods.

That’s what the Pittsburgh Pride Theater Festival is going for with this year’s offering: two comedies plus two dramas, all of them new works by various playwrights. They are packaged into an under-two-hour show called Acting Out, which runs from June 5-13 downtown. And yes, the show’s title

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PICT’s ‘Blithe Spirit’ Wakes the Ghost of Humor Past

The nights belong to the living dead when Elvira (Vera Varlamov, center) comes back from the grave to wrap her mitts once more around Charles (Dan Rodden) while squeezing out his current squeeze, Ruth (Daina Michelle Griffith).

If you enjoy plays that evoke the spirits of bygone ages and stages, then PICT Classic Theatre—formerly Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre—is the company for you. Although PICT does some contemporary pieces, it specializes in throwbacks, the many works that either were written

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