"Off the Record XIII: All the 'Burgh's a Stage" took Shakespeare as its inspiration Thursday night, and the bard would have been proud of the dialogue that was served on a skewer. The annual benefit for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank was presented by the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh and SAG-AFTRA at the Byham Theater, and it will live on in memory as one of the best yet.
KDKA's Ken Rice opened the musical satire for the 10th year with a humorous monologue and introduced mayoral candidate Bill Peduto, who delivered the pre-buttal with surprising comic timing. A talented cast of singers and dancers lampooned all that made the news this year, for better or worse, from the new parking system to the fabled Orie sisters.
Applauding the efforts of producer Chris Rawson, director Greg Lehane and writers Dan Majors and Bill Toland, both from the Post-Gazette, were food bank CEO Lisa Scales, county Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Linda Dickerson, Peter Leo, PG cartoonist Rob Rogers, Rob Boulware and Lynn Cullen.
First Published October 14, 2013 8:00 PM