The Goo Goo Dolls Play Palace; Steelers vs. Dallas (Sun., 11/13/16)

1) The Goo Goo Dolls began in 1986 as a trio from Buffalo, New York, with a penchant for the sound of their alt-rock heroes, The Replacements. Paul Westerberg, The Replacements’ singer, would later contribute lyrics to the Goo Goo Dolls song “We Are The Normal.” The Goo Goo Dolls released four albums in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, but it was their fifth album, A Boy Named Goo, and the single “Name” that brought them fame. 1998’s Dizzy Up the Girl was a bigger smash loaded with more hits, such as “Slide” and “Iris.” The band would perform the latter song and a cover of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ “American Girl” as part of The Concert for New York City, a benefit show for those affected by the September 11 attacks. The group continues to release new music every three to four years; their latest is this year’s Boxes. They play The Palace Theatre this month. SafetySuit opens. 7:30 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. (CM)

2) The Steelers, who are coming off a disappointing loss to Baltimore this past Sunday line up this week against their another nemesis, the Dallas Cowboys. Many Steeler players are coming back from injuries, let’s hope they stay off the pup list. Go Steelers, beat the cry boys! 4:25 p.m. 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore.

3) Now for something completely different. Edward Bond’s play The Sea is set in a quaint English seaside town in 1907—a town where a man has just been drowned, alas, during a storm—but no, this is not another dreary working-class drama about commoners bearing up nobly in the face of grim hardships. These people are flat-out wacky. Indeed, as anyone who has frequented small towns will attest, the wackiness in them can exceed that found in our tumultuous urban centers. In The Sea, reactions to the drowning include a belief that space aliens have invaded. Bond, one of England’s legendary living playwrights, is one of its most idiosyncratic. The Sea is a satirical comedy and Point Park University’s Conservatory Theatre is performing it in our town. 2 and 8 p.m. Continues through December 4. Studio Theatre at Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave., Oakland. (MV)

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