Theater & Dance


 August Wilson, left, and Todd Kreidler, the playwright's friend and protege who is directing "How I Learned What I Learned."

Public Theater supplements August Wilson's 10-play cycle with "How I Learned What I Learned"

With this Pittsburgh premiere, the Public has now produced every play by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson.

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American theaters' fascination with Wilson on display

The Pittsburgh Public Theater exhibits its collection of production art from plays by the award-winning Pittsburgh writer.

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 Disney On Ice presents Princesses and Heroes comes to Consol Energy Center this weekend.

The hot list of events for the coming weekend

The Home & Garden show opens, Disney On Ice brings princesses to town and the crazy Q Ball to benefit Quantum Theatre hits town.

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 Tim Hartman as the Monster in Pittsburgh Public Theater's "Young Frankenstein." Makeup is done by Christopher Patrick

Tim Hartman has a super duper time in ‘Young Frankenstein’

The veteran actor is going green and loving it for the Pittsburgh Musical Theater show.

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 Virginia Wall Gruenert and Ken Bolden in Off the Wall's "Ghosts."

Stage review: Off the Wall's adaptation of Ibsen's 'Ghosts' is fresh but rushed

The theater group in Carnegie concentrates on the modern aspects of the agendas presented in Henrik Ibsen’s “Ghosts”

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 The ensemble finale in Point Park's "The Boy Friend."

Stage reviews: Local college plays are a pleasure

Productions at Carnegie Mellon University, Point Park University and the University of Pittsburgh showcase theatrical talent.

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Dance review: Attack Theatre divides, conquers in 'Between'

Dancers split the George R. White Studio in the Strip District into two worlds and moved between them in the most evocative ways.

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 Principal Julia Erickson and former Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancer Robert Moore in "Petite Mort" by Jiri Kylian.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents 'bucket list' program in 'PBT Premieres'

The lineup will include works by Jiri Kylian, Mark Morris and Jerome Robbins that will be danced in Pittsburgh for the first time.

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 Sari Gruber starred in Miami-based Florida Grand Opera's production of Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte."

Opera reviews: Pittsburgh sopranos shine in Florida operas

Palm Beach Opera produced the world premiere of Ben Moore’s “Enemies, A Love Story,” which featured local soprano Danielle Pastin.

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2Do this week, March 1-8: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink speaks at Carnegie Music Hall Monday night; the PSO’s ’Play N’at“ series concludes Tuesday.

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 Siovhan Christensen, left, and Karen Baum are part of the cast of the PICT Classic Theatre play "For the Tree to Drop."

Stage review: 'For the Tree to Drop' looks at brutality physical and otherwise

Lissa Brennan’s play at PICT Classic Theatre explores themes of power, domination and rebellion set in the 1860s Old South.

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 Randy Civico Rivas and Taimy Miranda Ruiz de Villa rehearse for performances with the Malpaso Dance troupe at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty.

Dance preview: Malpaso kicks off U.S. tour at Kelly-Strayhorn Theater

Works by Malpaso co-founder Osnel Delgado and renowned American choreographer Trey McIntyre will be on the program in Pittsburgh.

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 Alejandro Diaz as the Prince, left, hands a rose to Alexandra Kochis as the Beauty in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre production of "Beauty and the Beast."

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre stages 'Beauty and the Beast' for sensory-sensitive audience

Specially adapted performance gives those with sensory sensitivities a chance to experience a theater production.

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 Robin Abramson, left, and Ariel Woodiwiss portray Simone and Devon, sisters from blue-collar Buffalo who reunite on Martha's Vineyard where Simone works for a wealthy family in "Elemeno Pea" at City Theatre.

Stage preview: Trappings of the wealthy is focus of 'Elemeno Pea' at City Theatre

The work was inspired by a summer that playwright Molly Smith Metzler spent on Martha's Vineyard, a strange new world to her.

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 Buckwheat Zydeco performs at Club Cafe Friday night.

The Hot List of events for the weekend of Feb. 26

Performances on tap include Chatham Baroque, Buckwheat Zydeco, Pittsburgh Moth Grandslam and ArcAttack.

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 Meggie Cansler sings "Beautiful"  from "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical" to a packed Byham Theater Wednesday during a preview  of the 2015-16 PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh season.

Broadway's 'Beautiful' and 'Gentleman's Guide' are headed to Pittsburgh

The Broadway Across America 2015-16 season includes newcomers “The Bridges of Madison County” and “Matilda” and the return of “Jersey Boys.

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 Asakir (Laurel Semerdjian), speaks with her nephew Sumeida (Adam Bonanni) about a family blood feud, in Pittsburgh Opera's production of "Sumeida's Song."

Opera review: Second Stage Project meets challenge of ‘Sumeida’s Song’

Pittsburgh Opera’s production of Mohammed Fairouz’s piece takes place at the company’s Strip District headquarters.

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 The playwrights of the plays announced Wednesday for the upcoming City Theatre season are Conor McPherson, Dominique Morisseau and Laura Eason.

Three plays to make their Pittsburgh debuts at City Theatre next season

Along with the plays, Sister is back at the South Side theater, this time for Easter. The remaining three plays be announced in April.

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 Michele de la Reza and Peter Kope performing "Between."

Attack Theatre thrives on artistic challenges

Attack celebrates its 20th year with “Between,” a piece that grew from a musical nugget to a risky place between dance, music and theater.

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 A scene from one of the works created for last year's Bricolage Urban Scrawl, featuring Ange Vesco and Karen Baum.

Theater roundup: Bricolage readies 10th Urban Scrawl; Off the Wall to stage 'Ghosts'

Six works will make their debuts courtesy of Bricolage’s 10th annual B.U.S., a marathon of writing, producing and performing.

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 "The Phantom of the Opera" company performs "Masquerade."

Stage review: Freshened 'Phantom of Opera' still enchants

New touches such as a treacherous descent and a “Masquerade” amid mirrors add sparkle to the long-running musical theater experience.

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 Ayad Akhtar, the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Disgraced," coming to Pittsburgh Public Theater March 10-April 10, 2016.

Pittsburgh Public Theater announces new season

The wide-ranging 2015-16 season includes a historical drama, a 1700s-era comedy, a classic musical and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

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Dance review: Bodiography's Maria Caruso gets personal in poignant farewell performance

She will continue to be with the company behind the scenes, focusing on the artistic and business sides of Bodiography Contemporary Ballet.

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 The Maxo Vanka mural "The Battlefield." The mural at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale is among those that will be explored in a talk by Sylvia Rhor at Panza Gallery on Friday: "Vanka in Context: Pittsburgh's Mural Culture in the Early 20th Century."

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

Shakespeare is in the parks, Beethoven is on the Bluff and ArcAttack is at the Hillman Center.

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 Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad "swims" during her one-woman play that re-creates her 111-mile Cuba-to-Key West swim in September 2013.

Diana Nyad turns her record swim into a one-woman stage show

The first person to swim across the Florida Straits without a shark cage is wading into a new challenger — theater.

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 Maria Caruso.

Dance preview: Bodiography director brings life experiences to stage in last solo work

Maria Caruso turns this weekend’s Bodiography performance at the Byham Theater into a farewell of sorts.

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'Snowflakes in the Cemetery' ballet to focus on campus violence

Based on real-life events, a Bodiography work written and composed by Theo Teris will reflect the way some young women react when abused.

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 Renovation work continues in April 2014 by volunteers at the Lamp Theatre in Irwin.

Irwin awards contracts for Lamp Theatre project

Work on the landmark theater could start in March; the Lamp closed 10 years ago.

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 Production technician Dave Kann, left, and pyrotechnician Michael Berg rig the famous chandelier with special effects during preparations for Thursday afternoon's performance of Phantom of the Opera at the Benedum Center. Performances continue through March 1 of the all-new production.

'The Phantom of the Opera' chandelier is prepped to meet its fate in Pittsburgh

The production of “Phantom” now at the Benedum Center has been redesigned from top to bottom, including hidden pyrotechnics.

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 Siovhan Christensen and Linda Haston in "For the Tree to Drop."

PICT play rooted in Greek tragedy

“For the Tree to Drop,” a new play by Lissa Brennan inspired by “Antigone,” is the first offering in PICT’s Downtown Series.

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 Former Pittsburgher Alaska 5000 brings glam to the 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Tour, which plays Byham Theater Tuesday.

Preview: Drag Race Tour a homecoming for 2 queens

RuPaul’s Drag Race 2015 Battle of the Seasons Condragulations Tour rolls into the Byham on Tuesday.

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Stage notes for the week of Feb. 19

What’s on stage at CMU School of Drama, Pitt Theatre Arts, New Horizon Theater and Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.

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 David Bromberg will perform at the Rex Theater.

The Hot List of events for the weekend of Feb. 19

The Pittsburgh Symphony, David Bromberg and the Steeltown Jazz Storytellers are among those performing this weekend.

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7 students win Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest

The 21st annual contest drew about 1,100 entrants, representing some 95 southwestern Pennsylvania schools.

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 Lisa Ann Goldsmith, left, Tony Bingham and Kelly Trumbull in Pittsburgh CLO's "Boeing Boeing."

Stage review: CLO Cabaret lets the farce fly in 'Boeing Boeing'

CLO Cabaret sets the stage — and doors — for French playwright Marc Camoletti’s sexy romp about an American juggling three stewardesses.

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 Chris Mann, the former "Voice" contestant now playing the title character in the tour of "The Phantom of the Opera," has joined forces with Dr. Rudolph Tanzi on the "Remember Me" campaign with a video to benefit the Cure Alzheimer's Fund.

Actor/singer Chris Mann promotes Alzheimer's research

The national tour’s Phantom campaigns to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease through music and sharing how it has touched families.

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City calendar: 02/16/15

A look at upcoming events for the week ahead.

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 Chris Mann and Katie Travis as the Phantom of the Opera and Christine Daae.

Actors' appreciation of 'Phantom' is no masquerade

There are 52 actors and musicians in the touring production of “Phantom of the Opera” that reinvents the spectacle of the Broadway show.

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 Pittsburgh Playwright August Wilson gets star treatment in "August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand," a joint production between PBS's "American Masters" series and Pittsburgh's WQED Multimedia.

TV Review: 'American Masters' documentary ably captures playwright, poet

August Wilson discusses his craft in his own words in the PBS series.

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 Actress Phylicia Rashad, left, filmmaker Sam Pollard and executive producer Darryl Ford Williams discuss the life and legacy of "America's Shakespeare," August Wilson.

PBS, WQED celebrate master playwright August Wilson

From growing up in Pittsburgh’s Hill District to writing his 10-play cycle, playwright August Wilson is profiled on “American Masters.”

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 Fawzi Haimor, assistant conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, will give a lunchtime talk on Thursday.

2Do this week, Feb. 15-21: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

New Horizon Theater’s “The Meeting” (Malcom X and MLK), PSO’s Play N’at chamber music series, Jerusalem Quartet lands in Carnegie Music

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21st Shakespeare Monologue & Scene contest names finalists

The annual competition for grades 4-12 will have its Showcase of Finalists Monday at Pittsburgh Public Theater’s O’Reilly Theater.

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Dance preview: Amateurs to dance cheek to cheek on Valentine's Day at Steel City Classic DanceSport competition

The event has drawn more than 1,000 entries this year—- and competitors ages 8 through 70-plus from across the country.

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 Laura Lee Brautigam and Philip Winters in "Prussia: 1866."

Stage Review: 'Prussia: 1866' a delirious romp at The Rep

The farce set during a Prussian victory celebration reveals social and historical contexts amid a frenzy of amorous mayhem.

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 The cast of CLO Cabaret's "Boeing Boeing," from left: Amanda Pulcini, Tony Bingham, Kelly Trumbull, Conor McCanlus, Elizabeth Ruelas and Lisa Ann Goldsmith.

Preview: '60s-era farce 'Boeing Boeing' puts three flight attendants at the controls

Comedy at CLO Cabaret is based on the Tony-winning revival.

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Theater Festival in Black and White kicks off

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company's Theater Festival in Black and White: Multicultural Edition will showcase Pittsburgh writers.

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Palace Theatre fundraiser gets the red carpet treatment

The theme for the annual event is Hollywood Parties Through the Years, with the proceeds supporting the historic theater.

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Baldwin Players become South Hills Players in theater move

The performing group takes on a new name, new venue for 2015 season.

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 Backwards Bob at Monster Truck Jam.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Monster trucks, Jackie Evancho and a zombie Valentine dinner mixer on the slate for this weekend.

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 "Disgraced" at Lyceum Theatre on Broadway: Gretchen Mol, left, Hari Dhillon, Karen Pittman, Josh Radnor.      Production Credits: Kimberly Senior (Direction) John Lee Beatty (Set Design) Jennifer Von Mayrhauser (Costume Design) Ken Posner (Lighting Design) Jill DuBoff (Sound Design)  Other Credits: Written by: Ayad Akhtar

Stage review: 'Disgraced' boils over with fear and emotion

“Disgraced” on Broadway revolves around hot-button topics such as ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, marriage, violence and terrorism.

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