City Theatre Staging ‘The Roommate’ w/Tamara Tunie; The Celtic Tenors Play The Strand Theater (Tues., 3/12/19)

Laurie Klatscher (L) is smokin' in 'The Roommate' at City Theatre, while Tamara Tunie observes. (photo: Kristi Jan Hoover)

Laurie Klatscher (L) is smokin’ in ‘The Roommate’ at City Theatre, while Tamara Tunie observes. (photo: Kristi Jan Hoover)

1) Jen Silverman’s play The Roommate has been described as The Odd Couple meets “Breaking Bad.” An Iowa woman in her 50s, divorced after a less-than-fulfilling career as a housewife and mom, advertises for a female tenant of similar age to share her empty nest. The tenant she gets is a brassy babe from The Bronx. This woman arrives with a different brand of emotional baggage, not to mention expertise in cultivating a crop more potent than Iowa corn. The Roommate is a seriocomedy with a surprise ending. Last year it ran at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, and now City Theatre—devoted to producing new and recent plays that haven’t been seen in Pittsburgh—presents The Roommate here. Playing the two women are Laurie Klatscher and Tamara Tunie, fresh from their roles as Gonzalo and Prospero in The Tempest at The Public. Those Shakespeare characters were dear friends, but never roommates. 7 p.m. Performances continue through March 24. 1300 Bingham St., South Side. (MV)

2) The Strand Theater is the pride of Zelienople and among their programming this month is Irish singing group, The Celtic Tenors. The Tenors have been visiting The Strand since 2011. This year The Strand is collaborating with The Tenors on their program which tells the story of the Tenors and Ireland. “Danny Boy” and “Whiskey in the Jar” are two classic Irish songs they may be performing. They will also be featuring local, hand-picked professionals on an original, exclusive production called Celtic Crossroads. Continues through March 14. 119 North Main St. 

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