Theater & Dance


 Volunteer coordinator Dee Meighan shows off efforts to renovate The Lamp Theatre in March.

The Lamp Theatre opens to smiles in Irwin

More than 200 tickets were sold for the performance Aug. 27.

about 13 hours ago


 The production of "Educating Rita," opening this weekend, will continue as planned.

PICT cancels 'The Tempest' due to funding shortfall

Current play "Educating Rita" will go on, but the theater company said the remainder of the season was being reassessed by the board.

about 20 hours ago


 From left, David Cabot as Elliot Patterson, and Cary Anne Spear as Anna Patterson in rehearsal for The Rep's "The Country House."

Stage preview: The family's the thing in The Rep's 'The Country House'

The Rep presents the local premiere of a dramedy by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies.

1 day ago


 Chris Jamison will appear Saturday at the Kickoff and Rib Festival at Heinz Field.

Hot List of events for the Labor Day weekend

Rib fest at Heinz Field, Gateway Clipper is $1 for kids, final First Fridays at the Frick, make cool stuff at Festival of Combustion ...

1 day ago


 PICT Classic Theatre's "Educating Rita" opens Thursday at Charity Randall Theatre in Oakland. The play by Willy Russell stars Karen Baum as Rita and  Martin Giles as Frank.

Stage preview: 'Educating Rita' a lesson in frugality

The play starring Martin Giles and Karen Baum takes the place of the more populous “Saint Joan” on PICT’s schedule.

2 days ago


 Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancers  Luca Sbrizzi and Alexandra Kochis perform at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as part of the Chicago  Dancing Festival's culminating event, "Dancing Under the Stars," last Saturday night.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre gets on the grid in Chicago

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre brings Mark Morris’ “Sandpaper Ballet” to the Chicago Dancing Festival.

2 days ago


 Alton Brown of the Food Network's "Good Eats" brings his live show to the Benedum Center as part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series.

2015-16 Trust Presents runs gamut from 'India in Focus' events to 'Evil Dead' musical to The Tenors

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series brings an eclectic mix of genres to the Pittsburgh Cultural District.

1 day ago


25th New Works Festival draws plays from all over

The city’s festival of new plays brings together writers worldwide with local theater companies to produce a dozen world premieres.

3 days ago


 Paul Organisak in October 2013, at a news conference as the Pittsburgh exhibition of the Rubber Duck was coming to a close.

Man instrumental to bringing rubber duck to Pittsburgh leaves Cultural Trust

Paul Organisak, 53, vice president of programming for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, resigns to rest and recharge

4 days ago


2Do this week, Aug. 30-Sept. 5: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

The Wilson/Barnes/Throckmorton Trio,  PSO’s “Neighborhood Week,” and a Festival of Combustion all scheduled for the coming week.

5 days ago


 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.

6 days ago


 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.

1 week ago


 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.

1 week ago


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.

1 week ago


 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.

1 week ago


 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.

1 week ago


 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.

1 week ago


 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.”

1 week ago


 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.

2 weeks ago


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.

2 weeks ago


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.

2 weeks ago


Princeton Review ranks CMU No. 1 theater school

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

2 weeks ago


 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.

2 weeks ago


 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.

2 weeks ago


 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.

2 weeks ago


 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

2 weeks ago


 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”?

2 weeks ago


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.

2 weeks ago


 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.

3 weeks ago


 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.

3 weeks ago


 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.

3 weeks ago


 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.

3 weeks ago


 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.

3 weeks ago


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.

3 weeks ago


 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.

3 weeks ago


 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."

3 weeks ago


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.

3 weeks ago


 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.

4 weeks ago


 "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.

1 month ago


 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.

1 month ago



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