Theatre Unspeakable’s ‘Moon Shot’ at Byham; Pittsburgh Boat Show Continues (Fri., 1/18/19)

1) The Chicago company called Theater Unspeakable has nothing to do with depicting explicit sex, or gore, or heinously offensive behavior. Sorry to disappoint you in that regard. Theater Unspeakable is devoted to physical theater—to the use of movement and body language to tell stories. And though the actors do speak (this isn’t mime), they get unusually physical while telling unusual stories. Their Pittsburgh show is Moon Shot. In one hour, on a tiny platform, seven performers re-create humankind’s journey to the 1969 moon landing. The show includes side trips into the basics of flight and astronomy, simulation of zero gravity, and re-enactments of both the Soviet and U.S. space programs, with forays into the politics thereof. Like other Theater Unspeakable pieces, Moon Shot is classified as TYA: theater for young audiences. But many adults enjoy the spectacle and the content is too complex for small children; it isn’t “Teletubbies,” either. Presented as part of the EQT Bridge Theater Series at the Byham Theater. 7 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. tomorrow. 101 6th St., Cultural District. (MV)

2) Attention all captains, mates, and even landlubbers—The Pittsburgh Boat Show is underway again for the 59th year. Check out the latest in boating including new boats and accessories all under one roof at the Monroeville Convention Center. Boating season will hopefully be here before we know it. 5 to 10 p.m. today. Continues through January 20. 105 Mall Blvd., Monroeville.

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