‘Hurricane’ Warning: Miami vs. Pittsburgh; barebones’ ‘Small Engine Repair’ in Braddock (Fri. 11/27/15)

1) The hot 8-3 Pitt Panthers football team, fresh off of  victories against Louisville and Duke, take on the Miami Hurricanes. Quarterback Nate Peterman, running back Qadree Ollison, and defensive end Ejuan Price all had big games against the Cardinals. Let’s hope to end the regular season with another Pitt victory. Get down there and burn off Thanksgiving calories by cheering for the Panthers. Kickoff is at noon. Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore.

 

2) John Pollono’s Small Engine Repair is a black-comedy, blue-collar suspense play. If you Google “small engine repair” you will get a list of shops that fix lawn mowers, snow blowers, etc., and that kind of shop is the play’s setting. The owner, a guy named Frank, has invited two old buddies (who don’t particularly like one another) to come over one night for a boozy sort of mini-reunion. He’s also invited a preppy college type to bring Ecstasy. This seems like a recipe for more than enough trouble—but wait, Frank has a hidden agenda. Small Engine Repair has gotten strong positive reviews in Los Angeles and off-Broadway. Barebones productions is performing the play at a fitting blue-collar venue, the company’s black-box space near the Edgar Thomson Steel Works. 8 p.m. Performances through December 6. 1211 Braddock Ave., Braddock. (MV)

3) Secret in Their Eyes – The winner of the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was El secreto de sus ojos. An Argentine film set against the backdrop of the 1970’s “Dirty War,” this crime thriller involved one-time lovers obsessed by a horrific murder committed years ago and led to a surprising and shocking climax. And now Hollywood is having a go with this remake written and directed by Billy Ray. The story’s been reconfigured somewhat and features Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts as FBI investigators and Nicole Kidman as a District Attorney. The three are devastated when the child of one of them is brutally murdered. Years later they come together to close the investigation, which leads to—we hope —a surprising and shocking climax. Dean Norris and Michael Kelly also star. Check Fandango for screens and times. (TH)