Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Plays Mr. Smalls; Sarah Ruhl’s ‘Stage Kiss’ at South Park (Thurs., 8/22/19)

1) Their lyrics are heavy. Their raps, melodic. Perhaps this combination has kept Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, who return to Mr. Smalls Theatre, relevant for so long. Their single “Tha Crossroads” won the Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1997. They dedicated it to the late Eazy-E of N.W.A. Krayzie Bone and Bizzy Bone released New Waves under the Bone Thugs moniker in 2017. The other three members of the quintet contributed as did guest stars, such as Stephen Marley. Lyn Starr, Jayy Braxx, Treble NLS, Shad Ali, and DJ Femi open. 8 p.m. 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. (CM)

2) Sarah Ruhl is one cool playwright whose work isn’t seen enough around Pittsburgh. She is very funny and also makes you—what’s the word—think? Feel? Something in that ballpark. In the past few years we’ve had productions of Ruhl’s Orlando, a rousing adaptation of the Virginia Woolf novel, which is much livelier than the big-budget movie version, and In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, based on the true history of the popular handheld device. Now South Park Theatre is doing Stage Kiss. The plot: an actress and actor, playing lovers onstage, cross the line from fiction to reality. That may sound fairly predictable but Ruhl makes it cool. 7:30 p.m. Continues through August 24. Brownsville Rd. at Corrigan Dr., South Park Township. (MV)