Theater & Dance


Stage preview: 'Spamalot' intends to make you laugh a lot

You’ll laugh out loud at the improvisational nature of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” at the Benedum.

about 12 hours ago


 Bill Maher hosting HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher." He will perform at Heinz Hall Saturday night.

Bill Maher: Still funny and still doesn't care what you think

Comedy's most likable jerk comes to Heinz Hall on Saturday.

2 days ago


 Patrick Jordan, left, who plays the defendant, holds onto the defense attorney, played by David Whalen, in Kinetic Theatre's  production of David Mamet's political farce "Romance."

Stage review: 'Romance' a fine farce for Kinetic

David Mamet's "Romance" at Kinetic Theatre is the perfect light offering for the summer heat.

3 days ago


 Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild will star in the world premiere of "An American in Paris" at the Theatre du Chatelet in Pars on Nov. 22. It will be co-produced by Pittsburgh CLO.

French connections: Pittsburgh's CLO and Paris theater pair for new show

In any language, the new musical “An American in Paris” crafts a message of love and hope through dance.

3 days ago


Review: DVD captures modernized 'Ariadne' from Glyndebourne Festival

Glyndebourne Festival‘‍s staging of “Ariadne auf Naxos” moves Greek opera to 1940s England -- and it works. 

4 days ago


 Elizabeth Stanley as Grizabella in Pittsburgh CLO's "Cats" at Benedum Center through July 27.

'Cats' pounces into Benedum Center and the CLO stage

After an 18-year run, Andrew Lloyd Webber‘‍s musical take on T.S. Eliot’‍s “Old Possum‘‍s Book of Practical Cats” is very much alive and

5 days ago


2Do This Week, July 20-26: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

On Wednesday, the Milk Carton Kids perform at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater while Boyz II Men joins the PSO at Heinz Hall.

6 days ago


  Her rehearsal cat tail flies as Lily Emilia Smith of Mt. Lebanon rehearses for her role as Jellylorum  for the Pittsburgh CLO production of "Cats.  She will also perform as Griddlebone in the musical running at the Benedum Center through next Sunday.

Mt. Lebanon native returns home as a 'Cat'

Lily Emilia Smith plays Jellylorum and Griddlebone in Pittsburgh CLO‘‍s “Cats,” then starts touring in September with "Annie."

6 days ago


 A contemorary class practices Monday at Millennium Dance Complex in South Side.

Millennium Dance opens first East Coast location in Pittsburgh

Dancers are encouraged to find “unity in diversity” at the first East Coast franchise of the legendary Millennium Dance Complex.

6 days ago


Don't upstage: The state of arts-going etiquette

Changing etiquette practices at theater, classical music and ballet performances reflect a more casual culture.

6 days ago


 Kelsey Batman and Alan Obuzor of Texture Contemporary Ballet.

Review: Texture Contemporary Ballet presents heartfelt program of dance, jazz

“Life, Love, & Jazz” was filled with a lot of each, performed by a cast of professional dancers with ties to companies near and far.

1 week ago


Dance preview: GRAB Productions to reach new boundaries in dance work

Former University of Pittsburgh students dance to reach “absent boundaries” in their first full-length performance at the Kelly Strayhorn.

1 week ago


CLO co-production heads to Broadway next year

“An American in Paris,” co-produced by Pittsburgh CLO, will begin previews March 13 at Broadway‘‍s Palace Theatre and open April 12.

1 week ago


 Kelsey Batman and Alan Obuzor of Texture Contemporary Ballet.

Dance preview: Exploring the Texture of 'Life, Love & Jazz'

The latest performance by Texture Contemporary Ballet will feature three premieres.

1 week ago


 Pittsburgh CLO's "Cats" opens Friday at the Benedum Center.

Stage preview: CLO's Grizabella come to 'Cats' with fresh paws

The Pittsburgh CLO breathes new life into the iconic Broadway musical "Cats" this month, starring Elizabeth Stanley as Grizabella.

1 week ago


 Robert Frankenberry, left, Elizabeth Fischborn and Elizabeth Baldwin in Opera Theater's SummerFest production of "Ariadne on Naxos."

Opera Preview: Opera Theater honors Strauss milestone with 'Ariadne'

The Opera Theater of Pittsburgh production of Strauss' "Ariadne on Naxos" opens Friday as part of SummerFest.

1 week ago


 Nike Doukas (right) as Woman and Karen Baum (left) as Scarecrow perform Irish dramatist Marina Carr's "Woman and Scarecrow," playing at the Henry Hemann Theatre in the Stephen Foster Memorial in Oakland.

Acting shines in slow-burning 'Woman and Scarecrow'

Outstanding lead performances lift PICT Classic Theatre’s production of Marina Carr drama.

1 week ago


2 Pittsburgh artists to get $35,000 grants

Barbara Luderowski, head the Mattress Factory, and Alexis Gideon, a young video artist and composer, have earned $35,000 grants.

1 week ago


2Do This Week, July 13-20: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s Summerfest continues with productions of “Ariadne on Naxos,” “The Fantasticks” and “The Merry Widow.”

1 week ago


 Lear (Colm Feore) carries the body of Cordelia (Sara Farb) at the climax of "King Lear" at the Stratford Festival.

At Stratford: 'Lear,' Gershwin and Coward

Those three are just a taste of this year’s 12-play festival.

1 week ago


 Richard Rauh

Patron of the arts Richard Rauh pledges to Pitt scholarship fund

Actor and University of Pittsburgh alumnus Richard E. Rauh pledged $75,000 as the first donor to a new matching funds scholarship campaign.

2 weeks ago


 Zac Brown Band.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Vintage cars hit town, Opera Theater‘‍s Summerfest opens and the Cultural District hosts a Gallery Crawl.

2 weeks ago


 Caroline Bowman portrays Eva Peron in the national tour of "Evita," at the Benedum Center through Sunday.

Stage review: CLO’s ‘Evita’ is a night of passion at the Benedum

The national tour of “Evita” plays down the revolution and heats up the passion while recounting the life of Eva Peron.

2 weeks ago


 2187: Ron (Corwin Stoddard) and Julie (Christine Starkey) are the Romeo and Juliet of "Cactus" by Philip Real, having its premiere through Saturday at 12 Peers Theatre in Lawrenceville.

'Cactus' full of ideas, but play fails to mesh

The idea for “Cactus” is based on Shakespeare‘‍s “Romeo and Juliet,” but the raft of ideas put forth fails to congeal into lively drama.

2 weeks ago


 Karen Baum (left) as Scarecrow and Nike Dougas as Woman perform Irish dramatist Marina Carr's "Woman and Scarecrow."

Playwright Marina Carr explores matters of life and death in 'Woman and Scarecrow'

The award-winning Irish playwright will visit Pittsburgh for a busy week of activities surrounding the production.

2 weeks ago


 Typifying the fine Shaw Festival casts are (left to right) Fiona Reid, Jim Mezon and Laurie Paton in "The Charity That Began at Home."

PG tour headed to Shaw Festival

For the 34th year, Post-Gazette senior drama critic Christopher Rawson will lead a tour to the Shaw Festival.

2 weeks ago


2Do this week July 6-13: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Musical events from a free PSO concert to Maxwell at Heinz Hall are among the activities on tap this week.

2 weeks ago


 Caroline Bowman as Eva Peron in the National Tour of "Evita."

This Che and Eva create a new 'Evita'

“Evita‘‍s” Che and title character, Josh Young and Caroline Bowman, are bringing new dimensions to the award-winning musical in Pittsburgh.

2 weeks ago


September at the Shaw Festival

The next PG trip to Canada‘‍s Shaw Festival this fall includes review of five plays and an optional extra.

3 weeks ago


 In "When We Art Married" at the Shaw Festival, Kate Hennig, Claire Jullien and Maria Helliwell discover they are no longer married to Patrick McManus, Thom Marriott and Patrick Galligan, and everything turns topsy-turvy.

Stage reviews: Niagara-on-the-Lake: It's a sweet town, but the play's the thing

Four recent plays at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-On-The-Lake range from the fun and familiar to the strange.

3 weeks ago


Workers strike at Avignon Festival in France

Theater workers voted for a one-day strike at the prestigious Avignon Arts Festival in France in a dispute over unemployment benefits.

3 weeks ago


 Robert (Kevin Daniel O'Leary) makes a tentative move on the dubious Gretchen (Daina Michelle Griffith) in "Boeing Boeing" at Saint Vincent Summer Theatre.

'Boeing Boeing' flies on laughs

The farce at Saint Vincent Summer Theatre opens doors to one man’‍s sexual pursuits and how he is observed by his awestruck friend.

3 weeks ago


 Neko Case plays Monday night at the Byham

2Do this week, June 29-July 6: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Neko Case, a restored “A Hard Day’‍s Night” from the Beatles,  Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents “Summer Sparklers” ...

3 weeks ago


Former Kelly-Strayhorn employee sues theater, claims firing was retaliation

Former employee sues East Liberty’‍s Kelly-Strayhorn Theater executive director, claiming she was fired for whistleblowing activities.

4 weeks ago


 The Allstar Refjudzi Band will perform with Archa Theater at "Lost and Found: Finding Refuge in Pittsburgh" this weekend at City of Asylum.

'Finding Refuge in Pittsburgh': Prague's Archa Theatre delves into the immigrant experience

A theater and music project at City of Asylum weaves stories around the trials and tribulations of new immigrants settling in Pittsburgh.

4 weeks ago


 Dave Matthews Band.

The Hot List of weekend events

The Butler Fair, Pennsylvania Rib Fest, WYEP Summer Music Festival, Great European Beerfest and Dave Matthews roll into town this weekend.

1 month ago



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