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Les Miz x 2: On Stage & Screen

Les Miserables Storms the Benedum Center!

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

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Maple & Vine: Strange Ride, Smooth Machine

 

Actors (L-R): Nelson Lee, Caralyn Kozlowski, Robin Abramson and Greg McFadden play out a scene from City Theatre’s Maple & Vine.

 

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

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“Jersey Boys” Makes State Proud

“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

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A Radical Idea: Why Not See “Gem of the Ocean”?

Solly Two Kings (Alan Bomar Jones, left) and Eli (Kevin Brown, right) are in on the toasting of young Citizen. Black Mary (Kim El, not seen here) does her honors as well.

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

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