Theater & Dance

 The new tree for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker" in progress. Unlike the former one, it's a drop-style tree that takes advantage of canvas panels that unfold for added height and drama.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre 'Nutcracker' to include new tree, fresh surprises

It’s become a tradition of sorts for artistic director Terrence Orr to freshen up his Pittsburgh-flavored “Nutcracker” from year to year.

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 The work of visual artist Natiq Jalil will be part of Holiday RAWk, presented by RAW: natural born artists Thursday at Mr. Smalls.

2Do this week, Nov. 29-Dec. 6: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Former PSO concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley performs; Chinese activist and author Chen Guangcheng reads; “Holiday RAWk” showcase; and more

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 Mt. Lebanon native Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara made for one handsome couple at their Nov. 22 wedding. The bride documented the whole affair on Instagram.

5 Things We Are Loving This Week, Nov. 28, 2015

Newlyweds Joe Manganiello of Mt. Lebanon and Sofia Vergara are asking asking guests to make donations in lieu of wedding gifts.

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 Laurie Klatscher, Alec Silberblatt  and Siovhan Christensen during a preview of "Chickens in The Yard" by Hatch Arts Collective.

Stage review: Quantum gets quirky with 'Chickens in the Yard'

The play touches down in Lawrenceville with themes of acceptance and family, as it inaugurates the theater company’s New Voices program.

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 The Village Theater Company board of directors announced that Carolina Pais-Barreto Beyers has been appointed executive director of the Sewickley-based nonprofit. The organization is building and operating the Vanguard Theater, a film art house and cultural venue.

Village Theater names executive director

The group is in the process of building the Vanguard Theater, slated to open in September 2016.

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 Mark Milovats.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

A listing of weekend events

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 Gabriel King, left, Patrick Jordan, Casey Cott and Brendan Griffin in barebones productions' "Small Engine Repair."

Stage review: Pals' reunion takes an outrageous turn in barebones play

Friends mix vulgarity with loyalty and a shocking agenda in “Small Engine Repair,” a presentation at the black box theater in Braddock.

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 British actor and director Kenneth Branagh stars in "The Painkiller," part of the Post-Gazette Critic's Choice theater tour in London.

Kenneth Branagh headlines 2016 PG London Theater Trip

The 2016 Post-Gazette Critic's Choice theater tour heads to London March 6-13, when the daffodils and magnolias will be in bloom.

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

Legendary soul group the Dramatics headline the Donald Patterson Jr. Keeping Soul Music Alive Awards tonight.

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 Ruben Graciani, chair of Point Park University's dance department.

Ruben Graciani settling in as head of Point Park dance department

Curriculum changes, community collaborations and choreographer commissions are just some of what he’s been up to in the past year.

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 Dancers perform Joan Wagman’s “RiseFallRiseFallRise” at Wood Street Galleries, Downtown, as part of 5 Performances a weekly series presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Dance preview: 5 Performances series brings diverse dance to Wood Street Galleries

The collaborative pop-up dance series began in October and runs through this weekend in the intimate gallery space Downtown.

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 Joniece Abbott-Pratt plays Nina in City Theatre's production of "Sunset Baby."

Stage review: City Theatre’s 'Sunset Baby' is a dynamic tale of family, love and loss

Dominique Morisseau’s drama runs through Dec. 13 at the South Side theater’s Hamburg Studio.

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 Billy Porter, center, with co-star Stark Sands, left center, and the "Kinky Boots" Angels. Pittsburgh native Porter is set to leave his Tony-winning role as drag queen Lola tonight.

Tony winner Billy Porter takes final bow in 'Kinky Boots'

We look back on Billy Porter’s journey to the heights of Broadway musical success and what’s next for the Pittsburgh native.

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 A poster for August Wilson's "Piano Lesson" at the August Wilson Center this weekend.

Stage review: Wilson's 'Piano Lesson' is in good hands with Playwrights

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre stages August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson” at the August Wilson Center.

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 John Rapson as Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith in "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder."

Stage review: 'Guide' a lighthearted, murderous romp at Benedum

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” is a musical to die for.

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 Livingston Taylor.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Swing dancing, Livingston Taylor, Poinsettias and Pointes and holiday bazaars are all on the agenda for the coming weekend.

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 Kiah Harrington-Wymer, left, would have played Mahari, and Logan Honsaker, right, would have played Sushil in “Jesus in India.”

Clarion play cancellation generates national discussion on diversity, casting decisions

The university’s production of “Jesus in India” blew up in controversy, but not because of the use of profanity and sexual activity.

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 Laurie Klatscher, Alec Silberblatt, Siovhan Christensen in "Chickens in the Yard" by Hatch Arts Collective.

Stage previews: Barebones in overdrive; Quantum stages coop

‘Small Engine Repair,’ barebones productions

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 Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens display their heavy brass medallions, presented in New York Monday for their induction into the Theater Hall of Fame.

Pittsburgh’s Stephen Flaherty among nine inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in New York

The Flaherty-Ahrens team was joined by Tony Kushner, Julie Taymor and the late Roger Rees among others honored at the ceremony.

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 Pittsburgh Public Theater offers a colorful take with its adaptation of "A Servant to Two Masters," running through Dec. 6 at the O'Reilly Theater.

Stage review: Pittsburgh Public Theater serves up a feast of a farce with 'Servant to Two Masters'

The oft-adapted 1740s farce finds its footing on the whimsical turntable set at the O’Reilly Theater.

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 FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2014 file photo, Jason Biggs arrives at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Biggs will be joined by other performers in “The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway" the 15th annual benefit which gets actors, writers and directors to come up with six original short plays over the course of a day. The show starts at 8 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 16. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Benefit draws Jason Biggs, Julia Stiles and Kesha onstage

“The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway” challenges writers, directors and actors to create and perform new plays in day for a good cause.

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 Director  Darko Tresnjak.

Stage preview: Director's guide to a Tony-winning show as it goes on tour

The farcical operetta “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” arrives in Pittsburgh with some tweaks from the Broadway version.

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

Poets Yona Harvey and Malcolm Friend, spoken word artist Ursula Rucker, the experimental documentary “#blackmendream” and more.

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 Attack Theatre will premiere "Remainder | Northside" at the New Hazlett Theater.

Dance review: Attack Theatre takes audiences into children's imaginations in 'Remainder | Northside'

Dancers spent 18 months engaging with children in North Side schools and youth groups, asking them about their lives and aspirations.

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 Logan Honsaker, a junior acting major at Clarion University, was to play the part of Sushil, a character that Jesus would have met in India, in this musical adaption of “Jesus in India.”

Playwright defends withdrawing work from Clarion

The author defends his action as reflecting the fact that “people of color are not simply replaceable.”

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 Kiah Harrington-Wymer, left, would have played Mahari, and Logan Honsaker would have played Sushil in the play “Jesus in India.”

Clarion University actors stunned over cancellation of 'Jesus in India'

Playwright Lloyd Suh won’t allow his play to be performed because the actors aren’t Asian.

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 Clarion University students rehearse a scene from “Jesus in India” before the production, originally scheduled to run Nov. 18-22, was canceled.

Clarion University forced to cancel play over actors’ race

Student actors had rehearsed for weeks for a production of  “Jesus in India” with Caucasians playing the parts of Indian characters.

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 Attack Theatre's "Remainder | Northside" will be at the New Hazlett Theater this weekend.

Hot List of events for the coming weekend

The Dark Star Orchestra honors The Dead, Boz Skaggs hits town, so does Christian singer Chris Tomlin and the Benedum celebrates chocolate.

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 Mark Clayton Southers walks through a scene during a dress rehearsal in May for a production of August Wilson's "Fences."

Pittsburgh's Mark Southers to lead August Wilson Festival in Columbus

Southers is in the midst of producing the 10 plays — nine set in the Hill District — that comprise August Wilson's century cycle.

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 Joniece Abbot-Pratt plays Nina during a scene from the Pittsburgh City Theatre's rendition of Dominique Morisseau's "Sunset Baby."

Stage preview: Past sins surface in City Theatre's 'Sunset Baby'

Dominique Morisseau’s play about a strong woman’s confrontational reunion with her activist father opens at the South Side theater.

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 The Duquesne University Tamburitzans perform in city council chambers in March.

Tamburitzans embrace change as group separates from Duquesne University

The multicultural dance and music ensemble will perform its latest show, “New Horizons,” this weekend at West Mifflin Area Middle School.

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 Attack Theatre will premiere "Remainder | Northside" Nov. 13-14 at the New Hazlett Theater.

Attack Theatre channels North Side people, places in new work

Over the past 18 months, the dance company tapped into the North Side neighborhood for inspiration for “Remainder | Northside.”

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 Ailey II artistic director Troy Powell.

Ailey II returns to Pittsburgh for one-night engagement at August Wilson Center

The 12-member ensemble — a training company for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater — will stage a mixed repertory program here tonight.

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 During a rehearsal of the play “Good Kids” in Bellefield Hall, Chloe, played by Bri Ana Wagner, talks with Tanner, played by Tanner Prime, as he drives her home.

Pitt play spurred by Steubenville rape case helps with ‘uncomfortable conversation’

Sexual assault on campus a timely focus of “Good Kids,” a play presented by  the Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh’s Stages the­ater group.

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 Poster art by Vanessa German for August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson" at the August Wilson Center.

Stage preview: Director finds 'The Piano Lesson' key to his recovery from accident

Mark Clayton Southers directs as Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company continues its second journey through August Wilson’s 10-play cycle.

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 Stephanie Block will perform at the Cabaret at Theater Square at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

2Do this week, Nov. 8-14: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

“My People Social” at Kelly-Strayhorn, editor of  “Guantánamo Diary” reads at City of Asylum, special tour of Harmonist buildings and more.

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Lights go up on Lamp Theatre’s first fully staged dramatic production

Summary of Hollywood’s biggest films inaugurates the stage of the renovated movie house in Irwin.

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 Sir Thomas Allen and Sari Gruber appear in Pittsburgh Opera's performance of Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte."

Opera preview: For Pittsburgh Opera's 'Cosi fan tutte,' Sir Thomas Allen dons two hats

Sir Thomas Allen, whose story inspired “Billy Elliot,” will play Don Alfonso and direct the Mozart opera at the Benedum Center.

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 Singer Alfio performs at the Byham Theater on Saturday.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

The circus rolls into town, bellydancers cavort, Alfio sings and “West Side Story” returns to Heinz Hall.

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 Joniece Abbot-Pratt stars in City Theatre's take on Dominique Morisseau's "Sunset Baby."

Theater notes: City Theatre opening 'Sunset Baby'

Father-daughter story “Sunset Baby” centers on a smart and sexy hustler.

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 Daina Michelle Griffith as Smeraldina and Jimmy Kieffer as Truffaldino perform in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s latest production, “A Servant to Two Masters.”

Stage preview: Public Theater takes a turn at comic mayhem

“A Servant of Two Masters” includes juicy roles, audience participation and a lot of moving parts for Ted Pappas’ 50th as a Public director.

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 Aakash Odedra.

Dance preview: India in Focus series continues with Aakash Odedra's 'Rising'

East meets West in a fresh way in Aakash Odedra’s “Rising,” in which his own solo choreography shares the stage with three others.

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 Karla Boos, in her 25th year leading Quantum Theatre, was awarded the Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement prize for Established Artist.

Quantum leader and documentarian awarded $15,000 arts prizes

Karla Boos of Quantum Theatre and multidisciplinary artist Brett Kashmere will receive the Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards.

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 Abby Lee Miller of Lifeetime's "Dance Moms," leaves federal court in Downtown Pittsburgh Monday after pleading not guilty to federal fraud charges.

'Dance Moms' star pleads not guilty to bankruptcy fraud charges in Pittsburgh

Abby Lee Miller, formerly of Penn Hills and the owner of Abby Lee Dance Co. in Penn Hills, filed for bankruptcy in 2010.

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 Mariya Surnana Klose works with Roscoe the pig in the Klose's mixed animal act for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus "Legends" show at Consol Energy Center.

These little piggies went to the circus

Ringling Bros.circus introduces pigs as new entertainment for its “Legends” show opening in Pittsburgh Wednesday.

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 Anastasia Hill and Benedict Cumberbatch in National Theatre Live's "Hamlet."

Shows on the go: Some productions appearing on new platforms

Consumers can follow the path of new technology to creative platforms for experiencing entertainment.

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 Ellis Mcenroe, 9, tries on her bee costume for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

Dreams of 'The Nutcracker' danced in their heads

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre students tried on their costumes for the first time for their December performances of “The Nutcracker.”

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2Do this week, Nov. 1-7: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Mezzo-soprano Marianne Cornetti sings, jazz trombonist Reggie Watkins plays, and comedian Sheryl Underwood performs.

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