‘Almost Equal To’ Opens at The Playhouse; Thunderbird Cafe Hosts Vince Herman (Wed., 11/15/23)

≈ [ALMOST EQUAL TO] (comedy) by Jonas Hassen Khemiri. Pittsburgh Playhouse. November 15 – 19.

1) Celebrated Swedish novelist and playwright, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, thinks that the economy is rigged. Well, he doesn’t just think it, he shows it. Through a group of characters trying to live the life they were all but promised could be theirs, ≈ [Almost Equal To] confronts the roadblocks, glass ceilings, and daffy detours that confound our everyday dreams of prosperity and good fortune. There’s an economics professor who fights to keep his job, while his girlfriend fantasizes about living off-the-grid. Meanwhile, there’s a young immigrant who can’t find work at all. There’s also a street hustler who may be worth more than he appears. Oh, and there’s an office worker who fears she may have caused a co-worker’s death. The numbers just don’t add up. Or, at the least, the sum is wholly irrelevant. Khemiri is one of Sweden’s most acclaimed novelists, but he also studied international trends at the Stockholm School of Economics. Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse seeks your investment in a fun night of theater. 7:30 p.m. 350 Forbes Ave., Downtown. (C.P.O.)


2) Vince Herman, longtime co-leader of the jamgrass band Leftover Salmon, is in concert tonight at Thunderbird Cafe and Music Hall. Herman is touring in support of his debut solo album, Enjoy the Ride. The country songs are also influenced by honkytonk, Cajun, and bluegrass influences. For the LP Herman enlisted the talents of some of Nashville’s best players. Special guest is Airshow. 8 p.m. 4053 Butler St., Lawrenceville.


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