Abigail/1702 Continues Run at City (CP’s Thurs. 5/16/13)

1) Abigail/1702 is a new play that answers the question: “Remember that girl in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible — the really witchy one, Abigail Williams, who started the trouble that led to the Salem witch trials, then booted it out of town to save her neck while the other girls were being hanged — what ever happened to her?” This spooky sequel is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, directed by Tracy Brigden, and presented at City Theatre.  8 p.m. and at other times through May 26.  1300 Bingham St.,  South Side.

2) The Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival opens today in Oakland at the University of Pittsburgh Theaters and Schenley Plaza. In its 27th year the festival draws actors and  performers from around the globe including: Australia, Ireland, Russia, The United Kingdom and the good ol’ U. S. of A. Other attractions include Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo (don’t try to pet the Tyrannosaurus rex when it’s eating), European style clown troupe Aga-Boom (created by veteran of Cirque du Soleil Dimitri Bogatirev), African Porquoi Tales (inspiring tales that came with the Africans to America), Exxopolis (beautifully designed air blown architectural structures), Egg and the Spoon (a magical presentation of the wonders of the different seasons with interactive presentations) The Girl Who Forgot To Sing Badly (a theater production from Ireland about an angel who can’t sing very well) and more. Featured event tickets range from $5 to $8 with many free activities as well. Festival runs through Sunday.

3) Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, Clybourne Park chronicles the same Chicago house in two different years: 1959 and 2009. In the first act, the plot revolves around a black family who move into a white neighborhood. In Act Two, fast forward 50 years and the issue is white gentrification in the now black neighborhood. Written by Bruce Norris and directed by Pamela Berlin, it’s a funny play with sharp elbows that explores personal and neighborhood dynamics.  2 and 8 p.m. Runs through May 19. O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

4) Tonight the Brewers try to best the Pirates in the last game of a four game home series. 7:05 p.m. Next up for the Pirates is the Houston Astros tomorrow night at home. PNC Park, North Shore.

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