Theater & Dance

 Jeremy Kushnier as Iago and Teagle F. Bougere as Othello in Pittsburgh Public Theater's "Othello."

Stage review: "Othello" is moored in a gripping staging

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s “Othello” brings the Bard’s classic tragedy to life.

about 3 hours ago

 Daina Michelle Griffith and Jonathan Visser in a scene from "Jacques Brel."

Stage preview: PICT extends 'Jacques Brel' run before opening show

Director Alan Stanford approaches the circa-1960s musical revue with the idea that each song is a miniplay performed by singer-storytellers.

about 3 hours ago

 Laurence Glasco,  a professor in the History Department at the University of Pittsburgh, pays tribute to August Wilson during a 70th birthday celebration of the author at the Hill House Association's Kaufmann Center in the Hill District on Saturday. The event was part of WQED's August Wilson Education Project.

August Wilson 70th birthday celebrations abound

Monday is the 70th birthday of the Pittsburgh-born playwright many now refer to as the American Shakespeare.

1 day ago

2Do this week, April 26-May 2: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Trio Novis Mundi, organist Eric Plutz and Ronny Love and the Sensational Sounds of the Drifters perform here this week.

2 days ago

 Artist Leslie Ansley with her commissioned work that was used for the poster of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company's "Fences."

Pittsburgh Playwrights' 'Fences' inspires local artist

Leslie Ansley is the first poster artist commissioned by Pittsburgh Playwrights for its second undertaking of August Wilson’s Century Cycle.

about 15 hours ago

PICT adds three shows to 'Jacque Brel' after scheduled run sells out

The Downtown Series musical revue will be performed at the Trust Arts Education Center April 29-May 9.

2 days ago

 Michelle Coben as Peter Pan with the Darling children -- Jillian Ferguson, Brecken Farrell and Benjamin Godley-Fisher -- in the Pittsburgh Musical Theater production at the Byham Theater.

Stage Review: When it gets rolling, PMT's 'Peter Pan' takes flight

Pittsburgh Musical Theater announces its 2015-16 season with the theme, Magical Movie Musicals.

4 days ago

 Jeremy Kushnier, here as Iago in Pittsburgh Public Theater's "Othello," was nominated for a Drama Desk Award as outstanding actor in a musical for "Atomic"

Pittsburgh Public Theater's Iago, Jeremy Kushnier, among Drama Desk Award nominees; 'An American in Paris' has 12 nominations

The musical “Hamilton” leads the way with 13 nominations. The Drama Desk Awards ceremony is May 31.

4 days ago

 Michelle Coben plays the title role of "Peter Pan" for Pittsburgh Musical Theater.

Stage preview: Director Michael Licata pilots 'Peter Pan' for Pittsburgh Musical Theater

The director finds leads to share his vision of the boy who never grows up and the girl who knows she must.

5 days ago

 April 27 would have been the 70th birthday of August Wilson.

Weekend events across Pittsburgh to honor August Wilson's 70th birthday

Here is a lineup of events honoring the late playwright.

6 days ago

 Pittsburgh Youth Ballet students in George Balanchine's "Stars & Stripes."

Dance recitals pop up all over region

So much to do, so little time to dance. Here is a list of performances by the schools and studios nurturing Pittsburgh’s dance talent.

6 days ago

Broadway awards season heats up

Musicals including “Fun Home,” “Something Rotten!” and “An American in Paris” open this month to make the deadline for awards nominations.

6 days ago

 Pontus Lidberg Dance artists with a Japanese-style Bunraku puppet in "Snow," performed last weekend at Byham Theater as part of the Pittsburgh Dance Council's 2014-15 season.

Dance review: Pontus Lidberg treats Pittsburgh to fresh twists on past works

The Swedish choreographer presented “Snow” and “Written on Water” at Byham Theater as part of the Pittsburgh Dance Council’s 2014-15 season.

1 week ago

Cirque du Soleil cancels planned Pittsburgh performances

The performances were scheduled from Aug. 26 to Sept. 27.

6 days ago

 Spouses Edgar, played by Sam Tsoutsouvas, left, and Alice, played by Helena Ruoti pull Alice's cousin Kurt into their battles in Kinetic Theatre's production of "The Dance of Death."

Stage review: ‘Dance of Death' marries tragedy, comedy in tale of warring spouses

Kinetic Theatre’s play by August Strindberg, adapted by Conor McPherson, examines an ultimate fight to the death between husband and wife.

1 week ago

 Dorrance Dance will be at Byham Theater in April 2016 as part of the Pittsburgh Dance Council's 2015-16 season.

Pittsburgh Dance Council has diverse lineup for 2015-16 season

Next season’s lineup is packed with cultural diversity, a nod to Andy Warhol and the first tap act the Dance Council’s featured in a decade.

1 week ago

 Alexandra Kochis in "La Bayadere."

Dance review: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre closes season with 'La Bayadere'

PBT wrapped its 45th anniversary season with a challenging, grandiose classic set in ancient India.

1 week ago

2Do this week, April 19-25: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Musician Madeleine Peyroux, the PSO presents “Celebrate Wilkinsburg,” Friends of the August Wilson Center present “August Wilson’s Women”...

1 week ago

 Sharon Washington and Kevin R. Free in "Dot" at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Lexington, Ky.

Stage reviews: Humana Festival plays reflect news headlines

Humana Festival of New American Plays explores Midwestern housewives gone wild, coping with aging parents and gay subplots galore.

1 week ago

 Roxy MtJoy and Bob Rak are new directors of the Little Lake Theatre.

Venerable Little Lake Theatre in North Strabane gets new leadership

Sunny Disney Fitchett and husband Rob Fitchett are leaving; Roxy MtJoy and Bob Rak will take their place.

1 week ago

 Greggory Brandt.

New Saint Vincent theater director has Broadway background

In his new role, Greggory Brandt hopes to make the summer theater known outside of the area and attract more families and young people.

1 week ago

 Rendering of exterior of new annex building at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Strip District campus. The company expects to break ground on the project this summer.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre plans $20 million campaign for expansion, endowment

The expansion is expected to generate a 40 percent increase in enrollment in the next three-plus years.

1 week ago

 Pontus Lidberg Dance members will perform  "Snow," at Byham Theater as part of the Pittsburgh Dance Council's 2014-15 season.

Dance preview: Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg has a universe to create at the Byham

Pontus Lidberg Dance makes its Pittsburgh debut on Saturday.

1 week ago

 Mark Staley as Kurt, left, and  Helena Ruoti, as Alice in the Kinectic Theatre production of "Dance of Dealth."

Preview: Expect verbal fireworks from Kinetic's 'Dance of Death'

Andrew Paul returns with a new adaptation of an August Strindberg

1 week ago

 Teagle F. Bougere as Othello (front) and Jeremy Kushnier as Iago in the Pittsburgh Public Theater production of "Othello."

Preview: Musical theater veteran Jeremy Kushnier takes a spin as Iago in PPT's 'Othello'

The Public’s Iago is the original Ren in Broadway’s “Footloose” and a veteran of “Jersey Boys” and “Rent.”

1 week ago

 Robert Fairchild, center, Brandon Uranowitz and Max von Essen star in "An American in Paris" on Broadway.  Pittsburgh CLO's Van Kaplan is a lead producer for the show, based on the 1951 movies that won an Academy Award for Best Picture.

Behind the scenes of Broadway's 'An American in Paris'

Pittsburgh CLO executive producer Van Kaplan is a lead producer on the new musical, which also features several local actors.

1 week ago

 Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope in "An American in Paris."

Stage review: 'An American in Paris' is gorgeously staged and danced

The new Broadway musical of a beloved movie with Pittsburgh roots melds ballet and musical theater with innovative staging.

1 week ago

 Leading producer Van Kaplan meets the press as “An American in Paris” officially opens at Broadway’s Palace Theatre on April 12.

Q&A with Pittsburgh CLO's Van Kaplan, lead producer on Broadway's 'An American in Paris'

The benefits of the CLO’s Broadway affiliations: “The more we are connected to the industry, the more opportunities that are given to us.”

1 week ago

 Mark Conway Thompson, left, and James FitzGerald both portray the central character of Senhor Jose in Quantum Theatre's production of "All the Names."

Stage review: Quantum maps a mesmerizing, mysterious journey in 'All the Names'

“All the Names” is classic Quantum — unconventional place, staging and script, plus a bemused audience.

1 week ago

 Renee Rabenold, right, who shepherded the Eyeball Art table during the kickoff press conference for the EQT Children's Theater Festival, helps Tyamarie, 5, put on her headband today.  The eyeball art will be situated in Katz Plaza during the festival.

EQT Children’s Theater Festival returns to Cultural District in May

The Festival features international theater and hand-on art installations.

2 weeks ago

 Ballet great Mikhail Barishnikov, with Lisa Rinehart, is smiling and on the run to catch the official opening of the ballet-heavy “An American in Paris," which premiered Sunday evening.

Celebrities SEEN at the premiere of Broadway's 'An American in Paris'

The star-studded red carpet at the Palace Theatre on April 12 included celebrities from all realms of entertainment.

2 weeks ago

 The new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Stage Reviews: A sampling of five shows from a tour of London theater

The wide range includes four plays, including the ready-for-Broadway “Shakespeare in Love,” and the Kinks musical “Sunny Afternoon.”

2 weeks ago

 Christopher Budzynski in "La Bayadere."

Dance preview: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to close season with 'La Bayadere'

The drama-packed piece set in ancient India features 100-plus roles, making it among the largest ballets PBT has staged to date.

2 weeks ago

Mt. Lebanon Readers Theater group plays classics at senior centers

Members give voice to classic literature, plays and even radio shows, sitting around a table, reading the lines.

2 weeks ago

 Cameron Knight plays "The Registrar," in Quantum Theatre's production of "All the Names."

Theater preview: Quantum Theatre and Mattress Factory join forces for 'All the Names'

Quantum Theatre’s Karla Boos gathers a team including the Mattress Factory’s Barbara Luderowski to create a one-of-a-kind experience.

2 weeks ago

 Michael Brewer (Asa Trenchard), Marsha Mayhak (Florence Trenchard) and Tim Colbert (Lord Dundreary) rehearsing a scene from "Our American Cousin."

Carlow stages 'My American Cousin' in honor of Abraham Lincoln

Director Steve Fatla chooses to not have Lincoln shot during “Our American Cousin.”

2 weeks ago

 Comic Suzanne Westenhoefer.

Hot List for the weekend beginning April 9

Theater galore, “WordPlay” at Bricolage, comic Suzanne Westenhoefer, banjo duo Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Slow Art Day and more ...

2 weeks ago

 Samuel Pergande as Johnny and Jenny Winton as Penny in the tour of "Dirty Dancing" playing the Benedum Center in April.

Stage review: 'Dirty Dancing' steps up to its promise late in the game

Accomplished dancers and set design elevate the stage adaption of the 1987 movie.

2 weeks ago

 Dancer Taylor Knight in the latest Pillow Project, "(a) Long Here." As he performs on each evening of the 16-night exhibit, videos of his performances on the previous nights will be projected around him.

Dance preview: The latest Pillow Project to explore time through dance

Through dance, music and visual art, Pillow Project hopes to lead a discussion about time and what gives it value over the course of 16

2 weeks ago

 Samuel Pergande as Johnny and Gillian Abbott as Baby in "Dirty Dancing -- The Classic Story on Stage."

Stage preview: Screenwriter took her time bringing 'Dirty Dancing' to stage

Eleanor Bergstein, a former dirty dancer herself, says her popular 1987 movie “was always meant to be live theater.”

3 weeks ago

 Ralph Fiennes as John Tanner in Shaw's "Man and Superman" at the National Theatre.

Stage Reviews: National Theatre stages two plays of wit, passion

London theater stages sparkle with productions of “Beautiful Forevers” and “Man and Superman.”

3 weeks ago

2Do this week, April 5-11: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Pianist Leslie Amper, jazz composer and cornetist Rob Mazurek,  Slow Art Day at the Carnegie, Geri Allen & the Timeline Tap Quartet ...

3 weeks ago

 The cover of Pantone's "Fashion Color Report Spring 2015," with an pastel illustration by Dennis Basso.

5 Things We Are Loving This Week

Spring awash in pastels; a trio of award-winning movies out on DVD; teasers for “Halo 5” and “Spectre”; Swing Pittsburgh in the groove.

3 weeks ago

Circus preview: Brian Miser has been a human cannonball for 14 years

The Shrine Circus returns to Pittsburgh with a human cannonball and elephants in tow.

3 weeks ago

 Rapper Earl Sweatshirt.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

“Jesus Christ Superstar” at Stage Right; Earl Sweatshirt at Mr. Smalls and Pure Prairie League plays Jergel’s Rhythm Grille.

3 weeks ago

 Ryan Everett Wood as Beast and Jillian Butterfield as Belle in the colorful production of "Disney’s Beauty and the Beast" at Heinz Hall through April 5.

Stage Review: 'Beauty and the Beast' returns to cast its timeless spell

The talented touring company rides a wave of enduring appeal into Heinz Hall.

3 weeks ago

 Julia Warner, left, is a teen introduced to religion by her film-obsessed classmate played by Christopher Larkin in City Theatre's "Oblivion."

Stage Review: City Theatre's 'Oblivion' puts hipsters' liberal values to the test

A daughter’s religious awakening triggers family crises in Carly Mensch’s funny, polished script.

4 weeks ago

 Laurie Klatscher, left, and Cary Anne Spear portray twin sisters and former rich party girls in The Rep's production of "Endless Lawns."

Stage Reviews: 'Endless Lawns,' 'Dinah' take advantage of intimate settings

The Rep explores the exile of the rich while Pittsburgh Playwrights presents the last years of blues singer Dinah Washington.

4 weeks ago

 Members of Union Tanguera perform "Nuit Blanche."

Dance review: Union Tanguera heats up Byham Theater with fancy footwoork

The Argentinian-French tango company brought its show “Nuit Blanche” here as part of the Pittsburgh Dance Council’s 2014-15 season.

4 weeks ago

 Tyler Scherer.

Stage preview: 'Beauty and Beast' tour brings home Point Park grad

“Beauty and the Beast” comes to Heinz Hall on its national tour with a Pittsburgh native in tow.

1 month ago


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