Theater & Dance


City Theatre cancels weekend performances of 'Grounded'

Actress Kelly McAndrew is forced to leave the solo play because of a family emergency.

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 From left, Alex Knell, Weston Blakesley, Randy Kovitz, Tony Bingham and Max Pavel in Quantum Theatre's "Pantagleize."

The Guide: What's Happening in Pittsburgh

The PG's listing of concerts, events and more in the week ahead.

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 Tony Bingham, left, Weston Blakesley in Quantum Theatre's "Pantagleize."

'Pantagleize' is a knock-down all-out farce

Quantum Theatre introduces an Allen Ginsberg-type character into a 1929 Michel de Ghelderode play.

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How do you pronounce 'Candida'?

Pittsburgh Public Theater will pronounce Shaw's play Shaw's way.

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 Jared McGuire is Eugene Marchbanks and Gretchen Egolf is in the title role of Candida in George Bernard Shaw's comedy "Candida."

Pittsburgh Public stages Shaw's 'Candida'

"Candida," opening today at Pittsburgh Public Theater, gives Ted Pappas his first crack at directing a George Bernard Shaw play.

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 Singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons.

The Hot List of activities for the coming weekend

See a Ghost, sing along to Talking Heads' Songs, celebrate Shakespeare or get colorful at Schenley Park. It's all happening this weekend.

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 The "Wolfgang" piece that will be presented by Point Park Conservatory Dance Company is choreographed by David Parsons and staged by Elizabeth Koeppen.

A real challenge for Point Park dancers

The Point Park Conservatory Dance Company's annual Byham Theater performance will feature works by dance masters and contemporary figures.

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 Basilio (Alejandro Diaz), left, watches as Kitri, (Alexandra Kochis), dances with Don Quixote portrayed by Steven Annegarn, center, and The Gypsy Girl, (Eva Trapp), right, in the first scene of the second act of "Don Quixote" at the Benedum.

PBT superb in its quest of 'Quixote'

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's "Don Quixote" tilts skyward with virtuosic dancing, rocket-propelled lifts and spectacular leaps.

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Anonymous donor funds PBT show

Thanks to an anonymous donor, PBT will move its mixed repertory program to the Benedum and feature all Pittsburgh premieres.

3 days ago


 Yvonne Hudson, in character as Mrs. Shakespeare, blows out the candles on a birthday cake for her “husband” during the Party With Mrs. Shakespeare event in celebration of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday at East Liberty Presbyterian Church on Saturday.

Celebrating Shakespeare's 450th birthday is no tragedy

Storytellers, actors and fight choreographers bring Shakespeare to life at his birthday bash.

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 Clockwise, David Ross, Kasey Mahaffy, LeRoy McClain and Annie Purcell star in “Partners,” about two couples, one heterosexual, one gay, at the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Stage reviews: Humana Festival spotlights premieres

For most, the biggest reason to visit Louisville would be the Kentucky Derby, but for theater, there's the annual Humana Festival.

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 Billy's Porter's new album, "Billy's Back on Broadway," comes out Tuesday.

After winning a Tony and a Grammy, Billy Porter still thrills them on Broadway, and now here comes an album

Pittsburgh-born artist Billy Porter is having a moment that includes his first album in 10 years.

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 John Witherspoon will perform at the Pittsburgh Improv Friday through Sunday.

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

"Open Mic Poetry Night," Prime Stage Theatre's celebration of Shakespeare, I Promise Now concert and comedian John Witherspoon are on tap.

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 Christine Schwaner and Alexandre Silva will be among the performers of PBT's "Don Quixote."

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre rides out the 44th season with 'Don Quixote'

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will close its 44th season with "Don Quixote," which will be performed with the PBT orchestra.

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 Singer-songwriter St. Vincent (Annie Clark).

The hot list of event for the coming weekend

Bunnies, Mac Miller, Earth Day events populate the weekend.

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 Alex Knell, left, Weston Blakesley, Randy Kovitz, Tony Bingham, Max Pavel in Quantum Theatre's "Pantagleize."

Quantum brings modern touches to '20s farce 'Pantagleize'

A farce that targeted militarism in the 1920s is reimagined for a contemporary audience in a Quantum Theatre world premiere.

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Arena 'Dinosaurs' show to return

"Walking with Dinosaurs" returning for Consol in first North American tour since 2007.

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 Kelly McAndrew is the Pilot in "Grounded" at City Theatre.

Taut performance elevates City Theatre’s ‘Grounded’

Kelly McAndrew’s intense performance is at the confluence of war, humanity and technology in the solo play at City Theatre.

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 An animatronic Brachiosaurus and his offspring from the  "Walking With Dinosaurs" arena show that returns to Consol Energy Center this summer.

Updated 'Walking With Dinosaurs' returns to Consol this summer

This is the first North American tour since 2007 of the show that boasts 10 species of animatronic creatures.

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 Director Cameron Knight watches as actors Maggie Ryan and Patrick Cannon rehearse “Blue Sapphire” during the Bricolage Urban Scrawl or “B.U.S. 9” at the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side on Saturday.

At the Bricolage Urban Scrawl, it's 24 hours to showtime

Six short plays are created in 24 hours. A visit to the Saturday afternoon rehearsals shows the frenzy.

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Soprano bails out Met with a 'doubleheader'

Rising soprano Kristine Opolais performed leading roles in two different Puccini operas within 18 hours.

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 Sean Jones and his quartet will hold a CD release party at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Cabaret at Theater Square.

2Do this week, April 6-12: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

The PSO presents "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II," trumpeter Sean Jones and his quartet perform, Turkish folk and contemporary music ...

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 The picture room at Sir John Soane’s house museum in London houses the famous Hogarths, then opens to reveal architectural drawings and the Nymph, plus a view down into a Gothic chamber.

London: More than a theater city

There's a lot more to see in London than all the noted theater.

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 Paint camels look different than other camels: chocolate brown in color with white spots. Several will perform at this weekend’s Shrine Circus, and rides will be offered to audience members.

Shrine Circus comes to town

The circus that raises money for free hospital care for children celebrates its 65th year.

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 Joshua Elijah Reese and Rita Reis were two of the actors featured in B.U.S. -- Bricolage Urban Scrawl. The ninth annual new-play event is April 5-6, 2014.

Bricolage Urban Scrawl is a mad scramble to create new plays in 24 hours

Bricolage is in its ninth year of presenting six new one-acts that take shape in 24 hours.

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 Kara Mikula stars as in  Pittsburgh CLO's world premiere of "Judge Jackie Justice: Trials of Love."

'Judge Jackie Justice' to hold court a little longer

Stage Notes: CLO Cabaret's "Judge Jackie Justice: Trials of Love" is extended through May 11.

2 weeks ago


 Cedric the Entertainer will perform at the Pittsburgh Improv..

The hot list of events for the coming week

PSO features Mandy Patinkin, Phantogram hits town and Cedric the Entertainer comes to the Waterfront.

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 Students at Ken & Jean's Dance Studio recital perform "Great Balls of Fire." Let us know about your recital to make the 2014 PG listing.

Calling for dance recitals

For the eighth year the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will publish a list of dance recitals by local studios.

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 Winners of Pittsburgh's 2014 August Wilson Monologue Competition. From left, ShaQjuan Tyler, Lawrence White and Shawndasia Collins.

3 rise above tough competition in August Wilson monologue contest

Monday night, 26 Pittsburgh high school students competed in the sixth annual August Wilson Monologue Competition at Point Park University.

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 Brad Patsy as Javert and Peter Matthew Smith as Jean Valjean in Pittsburgh Musical Theater's "Les Miserables" at the Byham Theater through April 6.

'Les Miserables' delivers clarity, conviction

Pittsburgh Musical Theater's production does justice to the popular musical "Les Miz."

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 Titania, the fairy queen (James Tucker), fondles the ears of the transformed Bottom (Chris Myles) in the all-male Propeller company’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Stage Review: Shakespeare, High and Low

Shakespeare in London, high and low: our critic weeps at the National Theater's "King Lear," laughs at Propeller's "Midsummer."

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 Hugh Masekela, South African activist and musician, will play at 7 p.m. today at the New Hazlett Theater.

2Do this week, March 30-April 5: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Green living advocate Vanessa Farquharson speaks at Pitt, Irish novelist, memoirist and poet Edna O'Brien speaks at Carlow University ...

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 Just before the performers from the Cirque Du Soleil production "Varekai" finished their publicity event at the Strip District Primanti's, Toni Haggerty, right, gets a kiss from "The Guide."

Review: 'Varekai' the best Cirque show yet

Cirque du Soleil's "Varekai," a take on the Greek myth of Icarus, soars.

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Audience takes center stage this weekend at 'Her Things: An Interactive Estate Sale'

Ayne Terceira is perfectly willing to talk about her show, “Her Things: An Interactive Estate Sale.” But she doesn’t want to say too much.

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Women artists gather at Hazlett for SWAN Day

The event featuring local artists from many entertainment disciplines is in its sixth year.

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 Talia Akiva is one of the actresses portraying young Cosette in Pittsburgh Musical Theater's production of "Les Miserables."

PMT opens 'Les Miz' at the Byham

Broadway veteran and Sewickley native Peter Matthew Smith stars as Jean Valjean at the Byham Theater.

3 weeks ago


 Jake Shimabukuro.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

PSO performs; Ukulele musician Jake Shimabukuro hits town; Trumpet legend Hugh Masekela performs.

3 weeks ago


 Kelly McAndrew performs a scene as The Pilot during a rehearsal of The Pittsburgh City Theatre's production of "Grounded."

City Theatre pushes kill button with 'Grounded'

City Theatre lands the award-winning solo play about one of those who kill -- a drone operator -- and the effects on her psyche.

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 'Cirque du Soleil: Varekai'

Cirque's 'Varekai' gets new wings for arena tour

The move from a tent to an arena show changes the experience but not the concept of the Cirque show about a stranger in a strange land.

3 weeks ago


 Maria Becoates-Bey and Kelly Trumbull in "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark."

In a fine 'Vera Stark,' comedy jousts with a dark theme

"Vera Stark" blends screwball comedy and race relations across 70 years into an ambitious, unmissable mix of comedy, pathos and mystery.

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Storytelling finals Wednesday

The Moth and WESA host Pittsburgh's second GrandSLAM championship at 8 p.m. Wednesday at The New Hazlett Theatre.

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 Alan Obuzor and Amanda Summers for Texture Contemporary Ballet.

Strong performance closes Texture's third season

Sophistication palpated throughout “Shades of Light,” which closed the season for Texture Contemporary Ballet.

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 Mark Ivanir, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken in 2012’s “A Late Quartet.” The film featured Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131, which will be part of a Monday performance by Chamber Music Pittsburgh.

2Do This Week, March 23-29: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Third annual Bach b-day bash, four Pittsburgh poets at East End Book Exchange, SUNSTAR: Tribute to Ladies of Jazz at the Kelly Strayhorn ...

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 Texture Contemporary Ballet performs at 8 tonight at the New Hazlett Theater in Allegheny Square East. There will be other performances at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Texture Contemporary Ballet dancing its way up in Pittsburgh

Founded in 2011, the ballet will be presenting "Shades of Light" at the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side this weekend.

4 weeks ago


 Tome Cousin.

Director relishes Hollywood history lesson in Rep play

Life of Hollywood's golden era actress Theresa Harris is portrayed in the latest theater production from The Rep at Pittsburgh Playhouse.

4 weeks ago


 Newsboys.

Hotlist of events for the coming weekend

Goings-on this weekend include "Pittsburgh Batman," CMU's 3-D "CLOUDS" and rappers at the Benedum.

4 weeks ago


 Mike Birbiglia.

Comedian sleepwalks back to Pittsburgh

Mike Birbiglia brings his "Thank God for Jokes" tour to the Byham Theater tonight.

4 weeks ago


 Alan Obuzor and Amanda Summers in rehearsal for Texture Contemporary Ballet.

Texture Ballet finds inspiration in music

Texture Contemporary Ballet will perform a trio of works in its upcoming show "Shades of Light," which opens Friday at the New Hazlett.

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