THE PLAY’S THE THING, as Shakespeare wrote and the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown, Somerset County, annually proves. As the Post-Gazette’s Mary Thomas reports, the Mountain Playhouse, an old log gristmill set beside a small lake in the Laurel Highlands, is a professional summer stock theater that is one of only eight of its kind left in the nation — and this year it is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The roots of its history were planted in a roadside sandwich shop that became the Green Gables Restaurant and the theater was established to attract more customers. Its anniversary season kicks off June 17 with a musical comedy. Bravo, 75 times over!
THE BOYS OF SUMMER in Pittsburgh have not had a great start to their season, but already the Pirates have made Major League Baseball history. On Tuesday night, playing the San Francisco Giants with the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Starling Marte hit a ball that bounced off the wall in right field for what seemed like a double, but he daringly kept running to third. When the throw to third base went awry, the Pirate ran home only for the umpire to call him out at the plate. But was he? Pirates manager Clint Hurdle didn’t think so and called for a review. For 1 minute and 14 seconds, the crowd at PNC Park was in suspense, but then came the ruling: Safe! The Pirates’ walk-off 2-1 victory was a first in baseball’s new age of video review. That play was the thing.
IT’S SPRING, but already Steelers football is prominently back in the news, thanks to the National Football League draft held Thursday through Saturday. The Steelers had some help going into the draft from Bill Nunn Jr., a part-time scout for the team. Mr. Nunn died Tuesday at the age of 89 after suffering a stroke at the team’s South Side training facility two weeks before. As part of the Steelers organization for 46 years, he made NFL history by opening opportunities for black players and staff and in the process helped find the team some of its greatest stars. Super bravo to his memory.