Playhouse Rep Moves in to ‘Country House’; Unblurred Gallery Crawl in Garfield/Friendship (Fri., 9/4/15)

1) Pittsburgh Playhouse REP, a.k.a. The REP, is the professional theater company of Point Park University. And while the University’s student Conservatory season doesn’t kick off until October, The REP starts now, opening with Donald Margulies’ The Country House. Margulies is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who received the 2000 award for Dinner With Friends, and The Country House, his newest, premiered in New York in 2014—which means The REP snapped it up quickly. The play is a tragicomic take-off on Chekhov. Set in the Berkshires, it features a Chekhovian assortment of odd characters gathered at the summer home of an aging actress (Blythe Danner played the part on Broadway), where much sarcastic repartee and emotional mayhem ensues. The REP is stirring it up for this city’s hardcore theater fans.8 p.m. Continues through September 20. Rauh Theatre at Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave., Oakland. (MV)

2) Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn features a variety of visual and performing arts at galleries, clubs, and restaurants along Penn Avenue (4800-5500) in the Garfield, Bloomfield, and Friendship neighborhoods. 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. Most events are free.

3) Pandemic will break out at brillobox tonight. Symptoms of this DJ dance party are a wide grin and the uncontrollable urge to shake your body parts. This strain of Pandemic, derived from world folk and contemporary dance music, could be studied, but it is better understood through collecting experiential evidence. Pandemic pete will be jammin’ the house. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield.