Visit “Our Town” at the Public (CPs Tues. 10/15/13)

1) Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Our Town, is currently running at Pittsburgh Public Theater. The play chronicles the lives of ordinary citizens in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners, N.H., between 1901 and 1913. Our Town debuted in 1938 in Princeton, N.J., and it’s been on Broadway and has had numerous revivals. Traditionally the play does not use stage props and incorporates occasional narration from the Stage Manager; the Public’s production features one of Pittsburgh’s top thespians, Tom Atkins, in that role. The cast is composed of 24 actors all with local connections to our town (Pittsburgh). It is directed by Ted Pappas and runs through Oct. 27. 7 p.m. O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

2) The curtains go up tonight on another play in our area, a story that takes a humorous look at a very human condition—Menopause The Musical. The production is billed as “The Hilarious Celebration of Woman and The Change!” The parody is set to classic music from the ’60’s, ’70’s, and ’80’s and promises to have the audience cheering and dancing in the aisles. 2 and 7:30 p.m. today only. Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg.

3) Escape to an ancient world at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History where “Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” is currently on display. Showcasing 7,000 years of largely undiscovered cultural history from the Arabian Peninsula, this exhibit reveals a variety of prehistoric artifacts (including an impressive assembly of 200 recently excavated items) along with a wealth of information from a sparsely explored time and place. The Carnegie is one of only five North American venues hosting this exhibit, so take advantage of this unique and breathtaking cultural crossroad. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ends Nov. 3. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

4) The Pens take on the Edmonton Oilers tonight in a hockey game at the Consol Energy Center. Puck drops at 7 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.


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