Pittsburgh Musical Theater Staging ‘A Lyrical Christmas Carol’; ‘Love, Love, Love’ Continues at Kinetic (Sat., 12/16/17)

1) The centuries have seen countless stage versions of the Christmas tale by Charles Dickens, and a longtime standard here in Pittsburgh is Ken and Jane Gargaro’s A Lyrical Christmas Carol. Ken Gargaro was founding director of the Pittsburgh Musical Theater school and performance center. He wrote A Lyrical Christmas Carol with Jane and premiered the show in 1991. It has been delighting local audiences ever since. As always, the cast includes accomplished adult performers along with outstanding younger folks from the PMT school. The show features song-and-dance numbers that’ll send you home from the New Hazlett Theater in a supercharged holiday spirit. 7:30 p.m. Continues through tomorrow. 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. (MV)

Darren Weller and Mindy Woodhead play the couple who can't get enough of it in 'Love, Love, Love.'

Darren Weller and Mindy Woodhead play the couple who can’t get enough of it in ‘Love, Love, Love.’

2) Kinetic Theatre is on a roll. So far, the company has staged perhaps the most thought-provoking play seen in Pittsburgh this year, The Christians by Lucas Hnath, and the no-contest funniest play of the year, the David Ives update of the 17th-century comedy The Liar. Now Kinetic is going for funny AND thought-provoking with a modern British satire, Mike Bartlett’s Love, Love, Love. This one pays ironic homage to the baby-boom generation by tracing a loving couple through three stages of life: youthful adventures in drugs and hipness during the late 1960s, pursuit of middle-age success in the greed boom of the early ‘90s, and immaturely mature reckoning in 2010. Kinetic is presenting Love, Love, Love in association with Cockroach Theatre of Las Vegas. 8 p.m.Ends tomorrow. 937 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. (MV)