Theater & Dance

 August Wilson's "Fences" is set in the Hill District circa 1957.

Viola Davis, Denzel Washington reportedly collaborating on 'Fences' movie

The Oscar-winning actor is slated to direct the film version of the Pittsburgh-set play by the late August Wilson.

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 Michael Polite, left, and Richard Taylor talk at a news conference Thursday announcing them as new members of the governing board of the August Wilson Center.

August Wilson Center reorganization effort aims to create financial, artistic success

Michael Polite and Richard Taylor are the newest governing board members; three more members will be named at the end of the year.

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 Bethel Park native Adam Schreck, a performer with "Second City: Fully Loaded," with Jo Feldman, will perform at the O'Reilly Theater, Downtown, this weekend.

Stage preview: Second City tour is homecoming for Bethel Park native Adam Schreck

Adam Schreck is living his “incomparable dream” as a member of the famed comedy troupe.

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Hot List: Weekend of Aug. 27-30

Fairs, jazz concerts, art festivals, Tim McGraw and free films round out the last weekend of the month.

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 This photo shows a mock-up of the exhibition "Humanae/I AM AUGUST" by Brazilian photographer Angelica Dass that will be on the facade of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture beginning Sept. 25.

August Wilson Center prepares for its next stage

The center on Liberty Avenue is showing signs of artistic life as it heads into an ongoing renewal phase.

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 Singer/actress Idina Menzel performs at the Benedum Center on Tuesday night.

Concert review: Idina Menzel nice, naughty, always entertaining at Benedum

The Tony-winning star of "Wicked" and singer of "Let It Go" takes the audience on an emotional ride.

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 In Florence, Fabrizio (Joshua Grosso) meets American Clara (Lindsay Bayer) and her mother Margaret (Becki Toth) in Front Porch Theatricals' "The Light in the Piazza" at the New Hazlett Theater.

Stage review: Passionate 'Light in the Piazza' brings the heat

Front Porch Theatricals’ second show of the summer brings to light talents familiar and new.

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 Idina Menzel returns to Pittsburgh Tuesday for a concert at the Benedum Center.

Concert preview: Idina Menzel brings big voice to Benedum

The Tony-winning star of “Wicked” and singer of “Let It Go” is in concert with stage favorites and songs “I feel in my heart.”

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 Volunteer coordinator Dee Meighan shows off Lamp Theatre renovations in March.

A star is reborn: Renovated Lamp Theatre reopens next week

A comedy revue at 7 p.m. Thursday will be the first act there. The theater closed in January 2005.

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Pittsburgh New Works Festival celebrates 25 years of staging new, one-act plays

Pittsburgh New Works Festival begins Sunday at Carnegie Stage, formerly Off the Wall Theater.

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Seneca Valley Academy of Choice dance students can obtain associate degree

Dance students at the Seneca Valley district’s cyber school will be able to receive a degree from Community College of Beaver County.

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Princeton Review ranks CMU No. 1 theater school

The rankings were based on a poll of students on select categories and college experiences.

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 Joshua Grosso, left, as Fabrizio Naccarelli, and Lindsay Bayer as Clara Johnson, in Front Porch Theatricals production of "The Light in the Piazza."

Stage preview: Troupe tackles classical, operatic score of 'Light in the Piazza' with gusto

Front Porch Theatricals didn’t go easy on itself when it decided to add a second musical to its usual summertime splash.

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 Punk rockers Social Distortion will play at Stage AE this weekend.

Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Social Distortion, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and lots of county fairs on tap for the coming weekend.

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 Falk Laboratory School teacher Becka Nazario Wright leads children in an exercise during a Shakespeare workshop at Hosanna House in Wilkinsburg.

Schooled by Shakespeare: Introducing young children to The Bard draws out creativity

Two Falk Laboratory School teachers teach the language of Shakespeare and introduce his characters to youngsters at day camps.

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 Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancers perform in annual "Ballet Under the Stars" engagement at Hartwood Acres on Sunday evening.

Dance review: PBT preps for Chicago trip with Hartwood Acres program

The performance was a chance for dancers to practice “Sandpaper Ballet” on stage before mounting it at the Chicago Dancing Festival next

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 Pittsburgh Opera's production of Verdi's 'Otello."  Danielle Pastin as Desdemona and  Carl Tanner as Otello.

Met Opera forgos blackface for 'Otello'

How important is it to be historically accurate with the appearance of the title character of Verdi’s “Otello”?

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2Do this week, Aug. 16-22: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Take Soul Line Dancing lessons, see the 1859 “Bird’s Eye View of Pittsburgh, Allegheny & Environs,” listen to Reggie Watkins and more.

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 Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre principal dancer Yoshiaki Nakano in Mark Morris' "Sandpaper Ballet," which the company will perform at the Chicago Dancing Festival later this month and at "Ballet Under the Stars" at Hartwood Acres on Sunday. This weekend, PBT also will perform an excerpt from Mr. Nakano's work in progress.

Dance preview: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to perform at Hartwood Acres, Chicago Dancing Festival

PBT is preparing for its premiere performance in Chicago and a mainstage season rich with new additions to the repertoire.

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 Counting Crows along with lead singer, Adam Duritz, will return to Stage AE on Sunday.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Farm shows and county fairs fill up the weekend, along with shows by Counting Crows and Jimmy Buffett and benefit concerts.

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 Mark Clayton Southers with sons Marcus, 7, and Andre, 4.  Mr. Southers also has a daughter, Ashley, 21.

Pittsburgh Playwrights leader on the mend from serious car accident

Mark Clayton Southers chronicles dark and hopeful times during his grueling recovery.

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 Damien Martinez Coro and  Cynthia Castillo stand together in one of their studios at West Point Ballet in Coraopolis.

Dance dreams lead Cuban couple forward in Pittsburgh

Cynthia Castillo and Damien Martinez Coro came to America from Cuba and now are sharing their passion for ballet at their own dance school.

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 Adrian Arrieta, left, Kecia Lewis and Paige Faure bring a fairy tale to life in the national tour of "Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella," presented by Pittsburgh CLO at the Benedum through Sunday.

Stage review: Enchanting 'Cinderella' explores new possibilities

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical gets a makeover in the stunning touring production at the Benedum.

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Off the Wall postpones premiere of 'I Won’t Be in on Monday'

An illness in Anne Stockton’s family forces postponement of her one-woman show this weekend in Carnegie.

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 Adrian Arrieta, left, Kecia Lewis & Paige Faure in the national tour of "Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella," presented by Pittsburgh CLO at the Benedum Center Tuesday through next Sunday.

Stage preview: ‘Cinderella' engages ever after

Broadway’s Ella, Paige Faure, creates magic on stage while making the national tour a family outing, with her toddler son in tow.

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 Billy Porter and Steven Booth in "Kinky Boots" at Benedum Center.

'Kinky Boots' star Billy Porter set for new Broadway show with all-star cast

He’ll leave the show next year to join “Shuffle Along, or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Follows."

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2Do this week, Aug. 9-15: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Citiparks offers free Summer Soul Line Dancing lessons today and Saturday; author Mary Jo Sonntag appear at Carnegie Library on Tuesday.

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 Singer-songwriter Eleanor Friedberger will perform a free concert Friday at The Frick.

Hot List for weekend of Aug. 6, 2015

The 15th annual Three Rivers Storytelling Festival is just one of the activities on tap this weekend.

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 "Kinky Boots" star Billy Porter brought his Tony Award-winning role as Lola to the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh and brought down the house on opening night Tuesday.

Stage review: Billy Porter electrifies the hometown crowd in 'Kinky Boots'

In his Tony-winning role as Lola, the Broadway star feels the love in his triumphant return to the Pittsburgh stage.

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 Arcade Comedy Theater founders are, front: Kristy Nolen, left, Abby Fudor and Michael Rubino; back: Jethro Nolen and Randy Kirk.

Preview: Arcade Comedy Theater keeps the laughs coming

In its third year, Arcade Comedy Theater looks to grow its mixture of classes and offerings while expanding its audience.

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 Billy Porter in his Tony Award-winning role as Lola, the stylish drag queen of “Kinky Boots.”

Stage preview: Billy Porter comes home as star of 'Kinky Boots'

Tony- and Grammy Award-winning performer Billy Porter steps off Broadway to play his iconic role for friends and family in Pittsburgh.

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 Stephanie Rothenberg and Ben Carlson star in "The Sound of Music" at the Stratford Festival.

Stage reviews: A beloved musical and a Shakespeare comedy prove to be a comely pairing at Stratford

A Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and a bawdy Shakespeare comedy are not such an odd couple when you get to the heart of the matter.

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Stratford Festival wears a smile

During the height of tourism, the Canadian town rolls out a red carpet of friendliness for visitors.

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2Do this week, Aug. 2-9: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Start off the week with a free concert featuring the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra by the fountain at Highland Park.

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 Robert Randolph & the Family Band play The Feastival in McKees Rocks.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Lots of music, a gaming festival, comedy and even a Regatta on tap for the coming weekend.

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