Stage 62 Staging ‘Guys and Dolls’; Texture Ballet Debuts New Dance Pieces for ‘Works in Progress’ (Sat., 11/10/18)

1) So, here’s a hardcore New York gambler betting he can win the heart of a beautiful woman who is out to save souls as a street-corner evangelist. That’s the central caper amid a confluence of capers in Guys and Dolls, adapted from short stories by Damon Runyon, who wrote wildly popular tall tales about the big-city underworld of the 1920s and ’30s. The 1950 musical thrilled audiences and dominated the Tony Awards by translating Runyon’s colorful style to the stage. Of the songs, only “Luck Be a Lady” became a stand-alone hit—but the songs weren’t written to stand alone. One reason Guys and Dolls has been called a “perfect” musical is that composer Frank Loesser’s music and the book (by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows) work so well together. And this too is liable to work pretty well: Guys and Dolls is being performed by Stage 62, a Pittsburgh-area company highly proficient in musicals. Continues through November 18. At the Music Hall in the Andrew Carnegie Free Library, 300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie. (MV)

2) WIP (WORKS IN PROGRESS)—new dance pieces by various artists, presented by Texture Contemporary Ballet. For a look at the emerging state of local dance, the WIP (Works in Progress) show presents new short works choreographed by: Elisa-Marie Alaio, Paige Gilson, Allegra Golembiewski, Rachel Harman, Madeline Kendall, Shane Kesneck, Katie Miller, Jamie Erin Murphy, Genevieve Shultz, and Alexandra Tiso. The evening includes drinks and mingling. Tonight only, 7 and 9 p.m. at Carnegie Stage, 25 W. Main St., Carnegie. (MV)

Pitt Panthers defensive lineman Dewayne Hendrix is in the ready position for the 2018 season and to get after opposing quarterbacks. Photo: Jeffrey Gamza/Pitt Athletics.

Pitt Panthers defensive lineman Dewayne Hendrix is in the ready position for the 2018 season and to get after opposing quarterbacks. Photo: Jeffrey Gamza/Pitt Athletics.

3) Our hometown University of Pittsburgh Panthers take on the Virginia Tech Hokies at Heinz Field. The team is coming off a big win last week against the Virginia Cavaliers and hopes to keep the good times rolling. The Panthers are 5-4 overall and 4-1 in ACC play, currently residing atop the Coastal Division. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore.