Theater & Dance

 Shirley Ratner says as a kid, she wanted to be a baseball player and an actress.

Newsmaker you should know / Greensburg actress heard call of stage at early age

Shirley Ratner of Greensburg is performing in “A Life’s Work” through Sunday at the Latrobe Art Center.

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 Rod Brogan.

Stage preview: 'The Night Alive' dawns at City Theatre

The acclaimed Conor McPherson play “The Night Alive” launches Tracy Brigden’s 15th season leading the South Side theater.

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Theater notes: New hip-hop musical 'I.D.' tracks humanity's roots

New Horizon Theater presents the Penn State Centre Stage commission at Falk School in Oakland.

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 Classical Guitar Master Pablo Villegas will play with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra this weekend.

The Hot List of weekend events, Oct. 8-11

Classical guitarist Pablo Villegas, country singer Kip Moore and soul singer Marsha Ambrosius all hit town this weekend.

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 Spider-Man fights back as Loki attempts to use his mind tricks in "Marvel Universe Live!"

Preview: Marvel heroes assemble for Consol Energy Center show

The Avengers assemble to take on arch villain Loki in the arena-sized “Marvel Universe Live!”

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 Michael Brown.

Stage review: When it comes to praise for 'Altar Boyz,' raise it

The CLO Cabaret production forms newcomers and veterans into a charismatic boy band in the award-winning musical.

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 Anna Thompson is part of the dance duo Slowdanger. The dancers will present a work in progress called "Memory 4" Friday, at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater's Alloy Studios in Friendship.

Kelly-Strayhorn Theater's fall lineup rich with dynamic dance

Executive director Janera Solomon aims to produce a win-win situation for artists and audiences with a diverse KST Presents series.

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 Philadanco will perform at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture on Friday. The performance is a Pittsburgh Dance Council presentation and marks the company's first time here in several years.

Dance preview: Philadanco to bring message of diversity to August Wilson Center

The Dance Council performance on Friday will mark the first time the Philadelphia-based dance company has toured here in several years.

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 The national tour of "The Drowsy Chaperone" played Pittsburgh in 2008. Point Park's Conservatory Theatre Company has added the musical to its 2015 schedule.

'Chicago' out, 'The Drowsy Chaperone' in for Point Park's musical theater season

With the Broadway revival of “Chicago” heading out on tour, “Chaperone” is the conservatory theater’s choice as its March show.

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 The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble

Dance review: A ravishing display from Nrityagram Dance Ensemble at India in Focus festival

With “Samyoga: An Ode to Love,” the troupe officially opened the Cultural Trust’s six-week festival on Saturday at the Byham Theater.

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 Last year's "Off the Record" explored "Mysteries of Pittsburgh." This year's skewering of local newsmakers takes place Thursday at the Byham Theater, Downtown.

Stage preview: With fall comes the seasonal satire of 'Off the Record'

“Off The Record XV: ’Burgh Man!” dishes up fun at the expense of the Pittsburgh region’s newsmakers.

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 Steve Hackman leads the next installment of FUSE@PSO Tuesday night at Heinz Hall.

2Do this week, Oct. 4-10: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Chamber Music Pittsburgh opens season with Emerson String Quartet, FUSE@PSO features Coldplay, “The Forgotten History of Pittsburgh Jazz.”

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 Pittsburgh Public Theater production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" directed by Pamela Berlin runs through Oct. 25 at the O'Reilly Theater. Here, Otto Frank, played by Randy Kovitz, left, dances with his daughter Anne, played by Remy Zaken, during a Sept. 20 photo session.

Stage review: Pittsburgh Public Theater adds a moving chapter to Anne Frank's legacy

The award-winning “The Diary of Anne Frank” receives a raw and radiant revival by the Downtown theater company.

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 The boys of "Choir Boy":  From left, David (Mel Holley), Junior (LaTrea Rembert), Pharus (Tru Verret-Fleming), Bobby (Justin Lonesome) and AJ (Lamont Walker II).

Stage review: Songs speak to the soul of The Rep's intense 'Choir Boy'

Loyalty and identity are among the topics tackled in the coming-of-age story set at an all-black prep school in the drama “Choir Boy.”

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 Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy of the  Nrityagram Dance Ensemble will premiere a new work, "Songs of Love & Longing."

Dance preview: Nrityagram Dance Ensemble on tap for India in Focus series

This weekend “Samyoga: An Ode to Love” comes to the Byham Theater to open Pittsburgh Dance Council’s 2015-16 season.

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City Theatre festival celebrates Young Playwrights

One-act plays by six middle school and high school writers will be presented as professional productions.

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 Tony DeSare will appear at Heinz Hall for three concerts this weekend.

Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Tony DeSare, Arlo Guthrie, Yellowjackets and pianist Elena Uulyanova are in town.  An Italian Festival and farm tour are also scheduled.

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 Exterior of the Duquesne University's new Genesius Theater.

Red Masquers inaugurate Duquesne University's new campus theater

The $5.5 million black box Genesius Theater opens Thursday with “Death of a Salesman.”

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Funders rescue PICT's 'Oliver Twist,' but company lays off staff

Five full-time staffers have lost their jobs, but the play and PICT Classic Theatre will go on.

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 Alan Standford, PICT's executive and artistic director, “The generous response we’ve received to our appeal is confirmation that PICT has a place in this community and in the hearts of many people. I'm not saying it is going to be easy, but I'm excited for next season."

PICT raises funds to continue theater season

After canceling two shows due to a funding shortfall, the December production of "Oliver Twist" will go on despite staffing casualties.

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 Melessie Clark, left,  as "Dulcy", and LaMar Darnell Fields as "Gordon."

Stage review: A 1920s Kaufman-Connelly farce gets an update at Pittsburgh Playwrights

Company founder and artistic director Mark Clayton Southers continues his comeback with an opening-night appearance.

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Dance review: Texture's 'Timescape' reaches a new level of maturity

Texture Contemporary Ballet displayed passion honed to an effortless confidence.

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 David Montgomery.

Preview: A duel of storytellers ready to unfold at The Moth Mainstage

Hosting this year’s Moth storytelling hour in Pittsburgh is Adam Gopnik, an author, essayist and staff writer for The New Yorker magazine.

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 Jonathan Winsby, Alexis Gordon in "Carousel" at the Stratford Festival.

Stage reviews: Stratford's 'Carousel,' 'Oedipus Rex' take a few wrong turns;

A visit to the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, finds the works of The Bard hold up the best.

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 Fiona Reid as Sarah Bernhardt and Ben Sanders as Michaud, with Jenny L. Wright as These Destroyers (background), in "The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt."

Stage reviews: Shaw Festival a smorgasbord of theater

The Shaw Festival offers a little something for everyone from “The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt” to “Pygmalion.”

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2Do this week, Sept. 27-Oct. 3: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Music in the Great Space series, RADical Days and Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks are all on the agenda for the coming week.

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 An art installation titled “Humanae/I AM AUGUST” was unveiled Friday on the facade of the August Wilson Center, Downtown. The work consists of 150 portraits of Pittsburghers taken by Brazilian photographer Angelica Dass. The backdrop of each photo matches the person’s skin tone.

August Wilson Center marks its rebirth

Artists, community leaders and friends of the center answered the call to pose for portraits featured on its exterior.

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  Texture Contemporary Ballet dancers will bring "Timescape" to the New Hazlett Theater Sept. 25-27.

Dance preview: Texture Contemporary Ballet to ponder time in latest program

A revived work and two new pieces will make up “Timescape,” to be staged at the New Hazlett Theater tonight through Sunday.

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Council supports Irwin employees working on Lamp Theatre

Irwin council President Peggie Watson objected to continuing work on the theater renovation, but the majority of council members disagreed.

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 Dennis Kerr, 65, plans to retire from his day job next year and devote himself full time to acting.

Newsmaker you should know / Greensburg man, mental health administrator displays passion for community theater

Over his lifetime, Dennis “Chip” Kerr has performed in nearly 70 shows at a number of theaters.

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 Tommy Tune

Pittsburgh performance by Tommy Tune rescheduled

A sold-out performance by the 10-time Tony Award-winner, which was to open the Trust Cabaret season Oct. 5, has been rescheduled for May 2.

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 From left, Keith Hines as Nick Massi, Aaron De Jesus as Frankie Valli, Drew Seeley as Bob Gaudio and Matthew Dailey as Tommy DeVito star in the tour of "Jersey Boys" at the Benedum Center through Oct. 4.

Stage review: Oh what a night for return of 'Jersey Boys' to Benedum

The long-running tour delivers the finely crafted pop tunes of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons to the Benedum Center stage.

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 Pittsburgh Public Theater production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" directed by Pamela Berlin opens September 24 and runs through October 15, 2015 at the O'Reilly Theater.  Here  Anne, played by Remy Zaken writes in her diary.

Stage preview: Anne Frank's memory lives on at Pittsburgh Public Theater

“Spring Awakening’s” Remy Zaken stars in the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning play about the teen who became a symbol of lives lost during WWII.

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 DJ Rekha will get the street part going at the Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District  Friday, part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust India in Focus festival.

India in Focus: Six weeks of cultural events

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s showcase of arts from the Republic of India opens with a Gallery Crawl Friday in the Cultural District.

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 Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Playwrights season opener, George S. Kaufman's "Dulcy" - Melessie Clark, left,  as "Dulcy", and LaMar Darnell Fields as "Gordon"

Stage preview: Screwball comedy 'Dulcy' unleashed

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company goes for laughs with the 1921 play by a pair of locals: George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly.

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 Patty Griffin will sing at the Byham Theater at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

“Jersey Boys,” Swedish metal band Ghost, Toby Keith and Patty Griffin all roll into town this weekend.

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Stage reviews: New Works shows varied

There’s no apparent pattern to the second and final pair of New Works Festival programs, running through the weekend. Variety is its spice.

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 Michael James (Matthew).

Meet CLO Cabaret's Altar Boyz

The five actors who play members of the musical’s title boy band answer questions about themselves and their characters.

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 Dormont native and Broadway composer Stephen Flaherty will be part of the Theater Hall of Fame's class of 2015.

Theater Hall of Fame names Dormont native Stephen Flaherty to its 2015 class

The Broadway composer, whose works include “Ragtime,” will be inducted on Nov. 16 with longtime lyricist Lynn Ahrens.

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 From Quantum Theatre’s "The Winter’s Tale."

Quantum Theatre’s version of Shakespeare's 'The Winter’s Tale' delightfully makes something old something new

The opera-dance production, performed in the theater in Downtown’s Union Trust Building, embellishes the Bard’s classic story.

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 The band Television performs at the Carnegie Music Hall Friday.

2Do this week, Sept. 20-26: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Opera’s Rising Stars, Burkina Faso dance troupe at Kelly-Strayhorn, “Humanae/I AM AUGUST” opens at August Wilson Center ...

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 Playwright August Wilson in the Hill District on Bedford Avenue in front of his childhood home.

Denzel Washington to produce August Wilson plays for HBO

The Pittsburgh playwright’s 10-play “Pittsburgh Cycle” (or “Century Cycle”) documents the African-American experience in the 20th century.

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 Ashley Williams, Gail Novak Mosites, Raquel Winnica Young, Dane Toney, Anthony William and Kaitlin Dann in "The Winter's Tale."

Review: Production, opera star in 'The Winter's Tale'

“The Winter’s Tale,” a collaboration between Quantum Theatre, Chatham Baroque and Attack Theatre, recalls the pasticcio tradition.

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'Flashdance' musical back on Oct. 25

“Flashdance the Musical” plays Heinz Hall for only one performance on Oct. 25.

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 The photography of Nandini Valli Muthiah will be on display at the Wood Street Galleries, Downtown, as part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's India in Focus showcase. RADical Days include the Sept. 25 Gallery Crawl that kicks off the programming.

RADical Days open doors to local culture

It’s the season for free admissions to local attractions such as the Pittsburgh Zoo, Carnegie Museum and Phipps Conservatory.

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 Quantum Theatre’s  "The Winter’s Tale."    Scott Pauley (Theorbo, Chatham Baroque), Rebecca Belczyk (Perdita), Dan Kempson  (Florizel) .

Quantum Theatre's 'Winter's Tale' blends dance, song and opera

“The Winter’s Tale” is reimagined in collaboration with Chatham Baroque and Attack Theatre at the Union Trust Building’s rotunda theater.

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 Rocky Bleier performed a one-man show about his life Tuesday night at Heinz Hall. A portion of the proceeds benefitted the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.

Review: Steeler Rocky Bleier relives his glory days in a play with humor and heart

In “The Play” at Heinz Hall, the running back during the 1970s Super Bowl runs delivers his own life story from the perspective of 40 years.

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 Oscar winning actress and comedian Mo'Nique will perform at the Pittsburgh Improv on Friday and Saturday.

2Do this week, Sept. 13-19: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, opera singer Amanda Van Story Lewis, and comedian Mo’Nique on the schedule for the coming week.

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Fall 2015: Things to do & see in Pittsburgh

See some of the best of what’s happening in Pittsburgh during this fall season including the arts, concerts, festivals and more.

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PICT Theatre faces month-end funding deadline

The theater company hopes a flurry of fundraising will solve its cash-flow problem.

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