Theater & Dance

 Sharon Washington and Kevin R. Free in "Dot" at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Lexington, Ky.

Stage reviews: Humana Festival plays reflect news headlines

Humana Festival of New American Plays explores Midwestern housewives gone wild, coping with aging parents and gay subplots galore.

about 9 hours ago

 Roxy MtJoy and Bob Rak are new directors of the Little Lake Theatre.

Venerable Little Lake Theatre in North Strabane gets new leadership

Sunny Disney Fitchett and husband Rob Fitchett are leaving; Roxy MtJoy and Bob Rak will take their place.

1 day ago

 Greggory Brandt.

New Saint Vincent theater director has Broadway background

In his new role, Greggory Brandt hopes to make the summer theater known outside of the area and attract more families and young people.

1 day ago

 Rendering of exterior of new annex building at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Strip District campus. The company expects to break ground on the project this summer.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre plans $20 million campaign for expansion, endowment

The expansion is expected to generate a 40 percent increase in enrollment in the next three-plus years.

1 day ago

 Pontus Lidberg Dance members will perform  "Snow," at Byham Theater as part of the Pittsburgh Dance Council's 2014-15 season.

Dance preview: Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg has a universe to create at the Byham

Pontus Lidberg Dance makes its Pittsburgh debut on Saturday.

2 days ago

 Mark Staley as Kurt, left, and  Helena Ruoti, as Alice in the Kinectic Theatre production of "Dance of Dealth."

Preview: Expect verbal fireworks from Kinetic's 'Dance of Death'

Andrew Paul returns with a new adaptation of an August Strindberg

2 days ago

 Teagle F. Bougere as Othello (front) and Jeremy Kushnier as Iago in the Pittsburgh Public Theater production of "Othello."

Preview: Musical theater veteran Jeremy Kushnier takes a spin as Iago in PPT's 'Othello'

The Public’s Iago is the original Ren in Broadway’s “Footloose” and a veteran of “Jersey Boys” and “Rent.”

2 days ago

 Robert Fairchild, center, Brandon Uranowitz and Max von Essen star in "An American in Paris" on Broadway.  Pittsburgh CLO's Van Kaplan is a lead producer for the show, based on the 1951 movies that won an Academy Award for Best Picture.

Behind the scenes of Broadway's 'An American in Paris'

Pittsburgh CLO executive producer Van Kaplan is a lead producer on the new musical, which also features several local actors.

3 days ago

 Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope in "An American in Paris."

Stage review: 'An American in Paris' is gorgeously staged and danced

The new Broadway musical of a beloved movie with Pittsburgh roots melds ballet and musical theater with innovative staging.

3 days ago

 Leading producer Van Kaplan meets the press as “An American in Paris” officially opens at Broadway’s Palace Theatre on April 12.

Q&A with Pittsburgh CLO's Van Kaplan, lead producer on Broadway's 'An American in Paris'

The benefits of the CLO’s Broadway affiliations: “The more we are connected to the industry, the more opportunities that are given to us.”

3 days ago

 Mark Conway Thompson, left, and James FitzGerald both portray the central character of Senhor Jose in Quantum Theatre's production of "All the Names."

Stage review: Quantum maps a mesmerizing, mysterious journey in 'All the Names'

“All the Names” is classic Quantum — unconventional place, staging and script, plus a bemused audience.

3 days ago

 Renee Rabenold, right, who shepherded the Eyeball Art table during the kickoff press conference for the EQT Children's Theater Festival, helps Tyamarie, 5, put on her headband today.  The eyeball art will be situated in Katz Plaza during the festival.

EQT Children’s Theater Festival returns to Cultural District in May

The Festival features international theater and hand-on art installations.

4 days ago

 Ballet great Mikhail Barishnikov, with Lisa Rinehart, is smiling and on the run to catch the official opening of the ballet-heavy “An American in Paris," which premiered Sunday evening.

Celebrities SEEN at the premiere of Broadway's 'An American in Paris'

The star-studded red carpet at the Palace Theatre on April 12 included celebrities from all realms of entertainment.

5 days ago

 The new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Stage Reviews: A sampling of five shows from a tour of London theater

The wide range includes four plays, including the ready-for-Broadway “Shakespeare in Love,” and the Kinks musical “Sunny Afternoon.”

6 days ago

 Christopher Budzynski in "La Bayadere."

Dance preview: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to close season with 'La Bayadere'

The drama-packed piece set in ancient India features 100-plus roles, making it among the largest ballets PBT has staged to date.

6 days ago

Mt. Lebanon Readers Theater group plays classics at senior centers

Members give voice to classic literature, plays and even radio shows, sitting around a table, reading the lines.

1 week ago

 Cameron Knight plays "The Registrar," in Quantum Theatre's production of "All the Names."

Theater preview: Quantum Theatre and Mattress Factory join forces for 'All the Names'

Quantum Theatre’s Karla Boos gathers a team including the Mattress Factory’s Barbara Luderowski to create a one-of-a-kind experience.

1 week ago

 Michael Brewer (Asa Trenchard), Marsha Mayhak (Florence Trenchard) and Tim Colbert (Lord Dundreary) rehearsing a scene from "Our American Cousin."

Carlow stages 'My American Cousin' in honor of Abraham Lincoln

Director Steve Fatla chooses to not have Lincoln shot during “Our American Cousin.”

1 week ago

 Comic Suzanne Westenhoefer.

Hot List for the weekend beginning April 9

Theater galore, “WordPlay” at Bricolage, comic Suzanne Westenhoefer, banjo duo Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Slow Art Day and more ...

1 week ago

 Samuel Pergande as Johnny and Jenny Winton as Penny in the tour of "Dirty Dancing" playing the Benedum Center in April.

Stage review: 'Dirty Dancing' steps up to its promise late in the game

Accomplished dancers and set design elevate the stage adaption of the 1987 movie.

1 week ago

 Dancer Taylor Knight in the latest Pillow Project, "(a) Long Here." As he performs on each evening of the 16-night exhibit, videos of his performances on the previous nights will be projected around him.

Dance preview: The latest Pillow Project to explore time through dance

Through dance, music and visual art, Pillow Project hopes to lead a discussion about time and what gives it value over the course of 16

1 week ago

 Samuel Pergande as Johnny and Gillian Abbott as Baby in "Dirty Dancing -- The Classic Story on Stage."

Stage preview: Screenwriter took her time bringing 'Dirty Dancing' to stage

Eleanor Bergstein, a former dirty dancer herself, says her popular 1987 movie “was always meant to be live theater.”

1 week ago

 Ralph Fiennes as John Tanner in Shaw's "Man and Superman" at the National Theatre.

Stage Reviews: National Theatre stages two plays of wit, passion

London theater stages sparkle with productions of “Beautiful Forevers” and “Man and Superman.”

1 week ago

2Do this week, April 5-11: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Pianist Leslie Amper, jazz composer and cornetist Rob Mazurek,  Slow Art Day at the Carnegie, Geri Allen & the Timeline Tap Quartet ...

1 week ago

 The cover of Pantone's "Fashion Color Report Spring 2015," with an pastel illustration by Dennis Basso.

5 Things We Are Loving This Week

Spring awash in pastels; a trio of award-winning movies out on DVD; teasers for “Halo 5” and “Spectre”; Swing Pittsburgh in the groove.

2 weeks ago

Circus preview: Brian Miser has been a human cannonball for 14 years

The Shrine Circus returns to Pittsburgh with a human cannonball and elephants in tow.

2 weeks ago

 Rapper Earl Sweatshirt.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

“Jesus Christ Superstar” at Stage Right; Earl Sweatshirt at Mr. Smalls and Pure Prairie League plays Jergel’s Rhythm Grille.

2 weeks ago

 Ryan Everett Wood as Beast and Jillian Butterfield as Belle in the colorful production of "Disney’s Beauty and the Beast" at Heinz Hall through April 5.

Stage Review: 'Beauty and the Beast' returns to cast its timeless spell

The talented touring company rides a wave of enduring appeal into Heinz Hall.

2 weeks ago

 Julia Warner, left, is a teen introduced to religion by her film-obsessed classmate played by Christopher Larkin in City Theatre's "Oblivion."

Stage Review: City Theatre's 'Oblivion' puts hipsters' liberal values to the test

A daughter’s religious awakening triggers family crises in Carly Mensch’s funny, polished script.

2 weeks ago

 Laurie Klatscher, left, and Cary Anne Spear portray twin sisters and former rich party girls in The Rep's production of "Endless Lawns."

Stage Reviews: 'Endless Lawns,' 'Dinah' take advantage of intimate settings

The Rep explores the exile of the rich while Pittsburgh Playwrights presents the last years of blues singer Dinah Washington.

2 weeks ago

 Members of Union Tanguera perform "Nuit Blanche."

Dance review: Union Tanguera heats up Byham Theater with fancy footwoork

The Argentinian-French tango company brought its show “Nuit Blanche” here as part of the Pittsburgh Dance Council’s 2014-15 season.

2 weeks ago

 Tyler Scherer.

Stage preview: 'Beauty and Beast' tour brings home Point Park grad

“Beauty and the Beast” comes to Heinz Hall on its national tour with a Pittsburgh native in tow.

2 weeks ago

2Do this week, March 29 to April 4: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Arsenal Duo performs Cesar Franck; architect Lorcan O’Herlihy lectures; Hillman Photography Initiative curator Tina Kukielski speaks ...

2 weeks ago

 Kyle Chandler is the brother who tries to save the Rayburn family on the new Netflix series, "Bloodline."

5 Things We Love Right Now

Get ready for the weekend with these things to check out.

3 weeks ago

Dance review: Glue Factory's 'House' delves into the human psyche

This weekend’s “at Once There was a House” at the New Hazlett marks the fifth anniversary season of Corningworks.

3 weeks ago

 Alan Stanford and the Gate Theatre company rehearse the PICT leader's adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice."

Theater notes: PICT's Alan Stanford takes his 'Pride and Prejudice' to Hong Kong

Pittsburgh Playwrights’ “Dinah” is singing the blues through Easter.

2 weeks ago

Dance preview: Faith the focus of latest Reed Dance performance

The mixed repertoire program will include collaborations with Pittsburgh CAPA students at Reflections Theater Co-op of New York City.

3 weeks ago

 Union Tanguera perform "Nuit Blanche."

Preview: Union Tanguera dances its way through a 'Sleepless Night'

Seven-member French-Argentinian ensemble Union Tanguera performs at the Byham Theater on Saturday night.

3 weeks ago

 From left, Laurie Klatscher and Cary Anne Spear rehearse scenes for The Rep's production of "Endless Lawns."

Stage preview: 'Endless Lawns' sprouts at The Rep

Anthony McKay's play about sisters fallen on hard times has its world premiere at Point Park's The Rep.

3 weeks ago

 Barry Manilow performs at Consol Energy Center tonight -- for the last time?

The hot list of events for the coming weekend

PSO horns take center stage at the Pittsburgh Symphony, Barry Manilow hits town for maybe the last time and the Bunny Trolley begins to run.

3 weeks ago

 Beth Corning ponders what became of the storybook characters Dick and Jane in "At Once there was a House."

Dance preview: Glue Factory Project questions what happened to Dick and Jane

What ever happened to Dick and Jane and Spot and Puff? “At Once there was a House” by the Glue Factory Project tries to answer.

3 weeks ago

 Front, left to right, the winners of Pittsburgh's seventh annual August Wilson Monologue Competition: Elexa Hanner, Sundiata Rice and Alona Williams. Behind them, the other competitors, organizers and judges.

Young actors excel in annual August Wilson competition

Three CAPA students shine in seventh annual August Wilson Monologue Competition.

3 weeks ago

Point Park CDC's annual program takes step up

There was a perceptible shift in programming from Point Park’s Conservatory of Dance Company at its annual program at the Byham Theater.

3 weeks ago

 Alan Obuzor and Kelsey Bartman of Texture Contemporary Ballet.

Dance review: Texture Contemporary Ballet unleashes solid program to close fourth season

The mixed repertory program of old and new works was arguably one of the company’s strongest, most sophisticated shows to date.

3 weeks ago

 Dennis Lehane, author of "World Gone By" will speak in Pittsburgh on Monday.

2Do this week, March 22-28: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Organist Barbara Bruns, writer Dennis Lehane, performance artist Cynthia Hopkins, Duquesne University’s Symphony Orchestra and more ...

3 weeks ago

 Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is bringing "Beauty and the Beast" to Greensburg's Palace Theater in a few weeks.

'Beauty and the Beast' comes to Westmoreland audiences

Besides staging “Beauty and the Beast” in Greensburg, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has taken the dance to community libraries and schools.

4 weeks ago

Volunteers to complete Lamp Theatre project in Irwin

Bids for construction work on the theater came in too high, prompting the borough to call for more volunteers.

4 weeks ago

 Lisa Velten Smith.

Preview: An act of faith puts family ties to the test in new City Theatre play 'Oblivion'

City Theatre's next production is by playwright Carly Mensch, a producer of the HBO series "Weeds."

1 month ago

 Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Trace Adkins, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Blackberry Smoke and more hit town this weekend.

1 month ago


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