‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ at Prime Stage; Steel Cactus Sunday Brunch (Sun., 11/12/17)

1) Prime Stage Theatre presents a rare adaptation of one of the previous century’s most gripping novels, All Quiet on the Western Front. The book, drawn from author Erich Maria Remarque’s own experiences in the First World War, traces the stories of a group of young Germans who are spurred to enlist by their patriotic schoolmaster. Amid the terrors of the war they find camaraderie (and sometimes, riotous good times) but also become hardened and disillusioned—and many don’t survive. Published in 1929, the novel was later banned in Germany under the emerging Nazi regime, which had little interest in making war look bad. Elsewhere, All Quiet remained widely read and was adapted into a Hollywood movie, yet for many years never made it to the stage. Prime Stage’s production is the U.S. premiere of a version by British writer Robin Kingsland, which opened in Nottingham in 2006. It’s said to be a moving ensemble piece that captures the book’s intensity. To accompany All Quiet on the Western Front, Prime Stage has created a website on “Pittsburgh’s Connections to World War I.” 2:30 p.m.Ends today.  The play is at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. (MV)

Drinkers and diners partaking in the Steel Cactus’ offerings.

2) The Steel Cactus on Walnut Street is open for Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.—perfectly timed to get you filled up and out before your Sunday activities. The brunch menu includes Huevos Rancheros, Spicy Southwest Omelet, Fajita Breakfast Burrito, Breakfast Nachos, Steak and Eggs, Pancake of the Week, and French Toast served with eggs and bacon or sausage. “Salud!” with a Bloody Mary or Mimosa. There’s also a Steel Cactus on the South Side at 19th and E. Carson Street that serves brunch too. Other locations include Bethel Park, PNC Park, and Pittsburgh International Airport. 5505 Walnut St., Shadyside.