Theater & Dance

 Issie Swickle as Annie and Lilly Mae Stewart as Molly sing “Maybe” in "Annie," which opens Tuesday at the Benedum Center.

'Annie' tour director thinks show has a bright tomorrow

The lyricist and original director of the 1977 hit “Annie” goes back to the musical’s roots to take the show on the road.

about 3 hours ago

 Actor David Conrad, artist-in-residence at the Kiski School, a private boarding school for boys in Saltsburg that is his alma mater, coaches students during one-on-one session Wednesday. The students are rehearsing the play "Goldstar, Ohio" by Michael Tisdale. The play is about true stories of families from Ohio who who were killed in the Al Anbar province of Iraq.

Kiski student play gets some star power from David Conrad

David Conrad leaves behind the lights of Hollywood to work with drama students at his alma mater The Kiski School.

about 3 hours ago

 A staging with local performers and screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" are part of the annual fund-raiser for barebones productions.

Stagings of 'Rocky Horror' are fleeting, so catch them while you can

Here are a few of the live performances of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” that pop in our area around Halloween.

1 day ago

 Joe Kinosian, left, and Ian Lowe in CLO Cabaret's "Murder for Two."

Marx Brothers meet Agatha Christie at CLO Cabaret

CLO Cabaret comedy “Murder for Two” is based on Agatha Christie closed-drawing room mystery.

3 days ago

 Leslie Ezra Smith.

Review: 'Book of Ezra' a thought-provoking night of theater

Appeal of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre production is the personality of the character/ performer/author.

3 days ago

 Boz Scaggs.

Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s “A Chorus Line,” New Horizon’s “Queens of the Blues.” Music: Boz Scaggs, Judy Collins, the Meat Puppets ...

3 days ago

 A group of adventurers enters the world of "OJO," an immersive experience billed as "The Next Generation of Travel" and created by Bricolage Productions for the 2014 Three Rivers Arts Festival.  Leading the way is Tami Dixon, producing artistic director of the company and a co-conceiver and director of "OJO."

Leading the way Bricolage emerges as a national leader in immersive theater

Pittsburgh’s Bricolage earns national recognition for a form of theater that makes the audience active participants in storytelling.

4 days ago

Stage review: 'The Small Room' a fun show

Canadian playwright Carole Frechette pushes Freudian theories to the metal in this 100-minute production.

4 days ago

'Girls Night' musical postponed Oct. 24 at Palace Theatre

The Greensburg theater said tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.

4 days ago

 Ron Menzel and Megan Byrne face the future together in "Outside Mullingar," the Tony-nominated comedy that opens the 2014-15 season for City Theatre.

Review: City Theatre’s 'Outside Mullingar' shines

The comedy set on adjoining Irish farms rides high on its gift of gab and strong performances.

5 days ago

 Jeffrey Gorti portrays Roberto Clemente in "21,” the new musical by Alki Steriopoulos and directed by Richard Sabellico for the Conservatory Theatre Company of Point Park.

Review: New musical honors the life and times of Pirates great Roberto Clemente

The Point Park Conservatory production accentuates the positive without glossing over the ballplayer’s struggles.

5 days ago

 Julia Erickson as Carabosse in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's "The Sleeping Beauty."

PBT opens 45th anniversary season with classic 'Sleeping Beauty'

The upcoming performances will mark the first time the company has staged the ballet since its 2009-10 season.

1 week ago

 Dancers from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre rehearse a scene from "Sleeping Beauty" at their Liberty Avenue studio.

At 45, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has earned an international reputation

PBT is firmly fixed in the top tier of regional companies with an international reputation, and there’s a good reason why.

1 week ago

 Tig Notaro will be at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater on Saturday.

2Do this week, Oct. 19-25: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Music on the Edge series, comedian/actress Tig Notaro comes to Kelly Strayhorn Theater, a world premiere of “Queens of the Blues” and more.

1 week ago

 Alexandra Kochis rehearses a scene from "Sleeping Beauty "at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Liberty Avenue studio.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre timeline

PBT was founded in 1969 by Loti Falk, in affiliation with Point Park College.

1 week ago

 Alexandra Aks (Constance), Annette Frontz (Mrs. Partlett) and Zachary Lucette (the vicar) in the Pittsburgh Savoyards' "The Sorcerer" at the Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie.

Review: 'The Sorcerer' continues Pittsburgh Savoyards' love affair with Gilbert & Sullivan

In its 77th year, the company devoted to G&S operettas is going strong.

1 week ago

 From left, Erin Whitcomb, Cassidy Adkins and Lily Davis portray the three weird sisters opposite David Whalen's Macbeth (back center) in the 2014 PICT Classic Theatre production.

Review: Imagery and clarity elevate PICT staging of 'Macbeth'

David Whalen earns our sympathy while having a really bad day as the title character in Shakespeare’s revenge classic.

1 week ago

  Keaton Jadwin plays manager Danny Murtaugh, and Jeffrey Gorti portrays Roberto Clemente in the Point Park Conservatory production "21."

Preview: Point Park's '21' dramatizes the life of Clemente

The season opener for the Point Park Conservatory is a world premiere based on the life of the Pirates' Hall of Famer.

1 week ago

 Merrill Garbus (aka tUnE-yArDs).

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

ToonMuseum exhibit shows how super heroes use real-world science and engineering to save the day.

1 week ago

 Kinky Boots:  The cast of the national touring company of "Kinky Boots," with Kyle Taylor Parker, one of the Angels in the original Broadway company, as Lola (center) and Steven Booth as shoe-factory owner Charlie Price. The tour will be presented by Pittsburgh CLO in the 2015 season.

CLO lines up Tony winner and 4 shows of its own

CLO will produce four musicals next summer, with “Mary Poppins” and “The Wedding Singer” as newcomers to the repertoire.

1 week ago

 Fisher Neal as Tom and Lynne Wintersteller as Amanda in Pittsburgh Public Theater's "The Glass Menagerie."

Stage review: 'Glass Menagerie' has a memorable Amanda

The Tennessee Williams classic gets a straightforward retelling to open the Public’s 40th season.

1 week ago

 Improv artist Gia Cacalano will bring collaboration from her recent travels to Wood Street Galleries.

Dance review: SundaySeries ends first season on high note

Gia T. Cacalano and Staycee Pearl Dance Project close SundaySeries with indoor/outdoor whimsy and playful science fiction.

1 week ago

BBC Radio documentary explores August Wilson's Pittsburgh and plays

British actor Lenny Henry came to Pittsburgh to conduct interviews and see the city that shaped the late playwright’s life and work.

1 week ago

Dance review: Trend-setting company sparkles in Dance Council opener

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet opens the Pittsburgh Dance Council season with a stunning program.

1 week ago

2Do this week, Oct. 12-18: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Teenie Harris photographs, music at Rodef Shalom and Tony Campbell Jazz Surgery Band are a few of the events on the calendar.

2 weeks ago

 Working with Alyssa Herzog Melby, director of education at the Pittsburgh Ballet, are, from left, Jacob Schmitt, Lauren Sodersten and Colton Vazquez. They were in a dance class at the ballet's headquarters in the Strip District.

Ballet classes geared to autistic students

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Autism Connection of PA offered a month of adaptive dance classes for students with autism.

2 weeks ago

 Bob Dylan performs in France in July 2012. Mr. Dylan will play at Heinz Hall in November.

Bob Dylan to play Heinz Hall in November

Mr. Dylan's last theater show in Pittsburgh was a three-night stand at the Stanley (now Benedum) in May 1980.

2 weeks ago

 The cast of "Outside Mullingar," from left, Mary Rawson, Megan Byrne, Ron Menzel and Noble Shropshire.

Preview: ‘Outside Mullingar’ gets inside matters of family, legacy

The Pittsburgh premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s Tony-nominated play opens City’s 40th season.

2 weeks ago

City Theatre gets a facelift

At 40, City Theatre is in the process of putting some polish on its South Side home.

2 weeks ago

 Singer Jason Mraz will play a sold-out show at the Benedum Saturday night.

The Hot List of weekend events, Oct. 9-12

From Oakland Forever to Monster Bash to Jackson Brown, there’s no shortage of things to do this weekend.

2 weeks ago

 Alex Knell and Alex Noble perform the scene "Killing Lady Macduff" at Stephen Foster Memorial Theater in Oakland.

Stage preview: Something wicked comes PICT’s way with 'Macbeth'

PICT’s Lady Macbeth delves into the motivations that propel a villainess of Shakespearean proportions.

2 weeks ago

Gemini Theater searches for a new home

The theater company hopes its new home will be close to its current space in Point Breeze.

2 weeks ago

 Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will perform "Square None" by Norbert De La Cruz III in Pittsburgh as part of the Pittsburgh Dance Council's 2014-15 season.

Dance preview: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet bringing a unique program

The West Coast company will open the Pittsburgh Dance Council’s season with three works it commissioned from world-class choreographers.

2 weeks ago

Obituary: Steve Curry / Actor’s image appeared on ‘Hair’ album

“Hair” focused on the lives of a tribe of hippies in New York City and featured songs that became pop hits for other artists.

2 weeks ago

 Veladya Chapman, Alexis Floyd and Johari Mackey play Louise, Ruby and Vera, respectively, in Carnegie Mellon University's production of August Wilson's "Seven Guitars."

Stage review: CMU would make August Wilson proud with superb 'Seven Guitars'

Carnegie Mellon University’s production of the great Pittsburgh playwright’s “Seven Guitars” is outstanding.

2 weeks ago

 Geoffrey Holder, 2005

Obituary: Geoffrey Holder / Dancer, choreographer was ‘Un-Cola’ pitchman

He was recognizable with his gleaming pate atop a 6-foot-6 frame and bassoon of a voice laced with the lilting cadences of the Caribbean.

2 weeks ago

Dance review: Attack Theatre connects with audience in 'Are You Still There?'

It’s been quite a journey, tagging along with Attack Theatre over the past 20 years and exploring Pittsburgh in an imaginative way.

2 weeks ago

 Ruben Graciani, the new head of the dance department at Point Park University.

Point Park dance department aims to build upon success with new chair

Ruben Graciani is Point Park University’s new dance department chair, a position Susan Stowe held for a decade.

3 weeks ago

 Off the Record director Gregory Lehane (right), confers with the show's "City Council": Chris Rawson (left, standing in for David Shribman, who plays Dan Gilman), Natalia Rudiak, Bruce Kraus, Jan Glick (who plays Deb Gross) and Corey O'Connor.

‘Off the Record XIV’ solves ‘Mysteries of Pittsburgh!’

“Off the Record,” a musical satire of local events, takes place on Thursday. This year it’s dedicated to the late PG columnist Sally Kalson.

3 weeks ago

2do this week, Oct. 5-11: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Author Robert Edsel, the Moth StorySLAM, Washington Symphony Orchestra, New Yorker classical music critic Alex Ross, Art on Tap and more.

3 weeks ago

 Jeff Howell and Jill Keating star in The Rep's "Souvenir."

The Rep’s 'Souvenir' hits all the right and 'wrong' notes in the tale of a real-life singing diva

The professional company of Point Park puts Florence Foster Jenkins’ bizarre story back in the spotlight.

3 weeks ago

 Lynne Wintersteller.

Theater Preview: For 'Glass Menagerie,' PPT brings back Berlin to direct and Wintersteller to star

To undertake an iconic Tennessee Williams role,  Lynne Wintersteller returns to Pittsburgh Public Theater for its 40th-season opener.

3 weeks ago

 Playwright/spoken word artist Leslie "Ezra" Smith, right, author of "Book Ezra," and his son Amaru, left.

Pittsburgh Playwrights opens season with 'Ezra'

Leslie Ezra Smith focuses his talents as a spoken-word artist and national slam poet into "Book of Ezra" at Pittsburgh Playwrights.

3 weeks ago

 Comedy duo Tim and Eric (Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim).

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Haunted houses, Tim and Eric the comedy duo, “Hip Hop and the Criminalization of Black Youth,” Pittsburgh Camerata, MXPX and more.

3 weeks ago

 See feathered friends for free -- the National Aviary of the North Side features free admission Saturday as part of the 13th annual RADical Days.

Check out free RADical Days events this weekend

RADical Days schedule of free events and activities this weekend.

3 weeks ago

 Brittanie Brown of Sweden is a guest artist in Attack Theatre's new work, "Are You Still There?"

Attack Theatre opens 20th anniversary season with new work laced with nods to its past

Attack Theatre’s latest site-specific work is “Are You Still There?” at the Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood.

3 weeks ago

Dance review: Choreographers' work shines in 'Synergy'

At even a cursory glance, Texture Contemporary Ballet had an obvious “Synergy” in its first program at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater.

3 weeks ago

 Ted Pappas, the producing artistic director of the Pittsburgh Public Theater, has been a big part of the company at the theatrical heart of the city for nearly 40 years. Mr. Pappas has been with the theater for 15 years.

Pappas puts the public in Pittsburgh Public Theater

As PPT marks its 40th season, Ted Pappas, the longtime artistic director, wins raves for being professional and personable.

4 weeks ago

2Do this week, Sept. 28-Oct. 4: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” in Frick Park, Pittsburgh Concert Society presents winners, Takacs Quartet, NPR’s Michele Norris and more.

4 weeks ago


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