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Speak of the Devil: That’s What They Do in Abigail/1702, and People Love it

Abigail/1702 takes a strange story and makes it stranger. On opening night at City Theatre, as will be described shortly, it proved 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…

Woman (Karla Boos) is on the hunt..|

At Quantum, It’s Springtime for Dream of Autumn

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 chaniers, oak paneling and other…

Luka Glinsky (Erhart Borkman)

Quantum Theater Presents Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman

  If you’re loing 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 but thoughtful use of color that piqued my…

|Famous image of Cosette from the Victor Hugo novel. Illustration by Emile Bayard.

Les Miz x 2: On Stage & Screen

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…


Maple & Vine: Strange Ride, Smooth Machine

    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.…

“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…

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

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 his death in 2005 he was…

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