Dylan Shaffer

Dylan Shaffer Dylan is a modern writer, producer and theatregoer in the Pittsburgh region. In the theatrical realm, he has worked in production, marketing, box office and front of house, in addition to acting, directing and stage-managing. When he is not involved with shows, either in the Cultural District downtown or in the small-town theatres speckling western PA, Dylan keeps busy on the golf course, in the community and at new and exciting restaurants.


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BWW Review: FUN HOME Swaggers into Heinz HallBWW Review: FUN HOME Swaggers into Heinz Hall
Posted: Apr. 13, 2017


BWW Review: THE KING AND I Evokes Something WonderfulBWW Review: THE KING AND I Evokes Something Wonderful
Posted: Apr. 6, 2017


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: Mon River Arts Gets 'Serious' with LEGALLY BLONDEBWW Review: Mon River Arts Gets 'Serious' with LEGALLY BLONDE
Posted: May. 9, 2016


BWW Review: PUMP BOYS & DINETTES Brings Bluegrass to the BurghBWW Review: PUMP BOYS & DINETTES at CLO Cabaret
Posted: Feb. 6, 2017


BWW Review: COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA True and AuthenticBWW Review: COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA True and Authentic
Posted: Jul. 15, 2016


BWW Review: Hedwig Rocks to the Strum of Her Guitar in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCHBWW Review: Hedwig Rocks to the Strum of Her Guitar
Posted: Jan. 25, 2017


BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Struts Sex, Heels, and Acceptance to PittsburghBWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Struts Sex, Heels, and Acceptance to Pittsburgh
Posted: Sep. 21, 2016


BWW Review: FUN HOME Swaggers into Heinz HallBWW Review: FUN HOME Swaggers into Heinz Hall
April 13, 2017

Imagine growing up as a closeted lesbian with a closeted gay father. Try explaining that one to your mother. Through the life of daughter Alison, the Bechdel family's story comes to life in Fun Home.

BWW Review: THE KING AND I Evokes Something WonderfulBWW Review: THE KING AND I Evokes Something Wonderful
April 6, 2017

A journey to the Far East reveals extravagant sets, ornate costumes, and symphonic melodies in The King and I's return to Pittsburgh. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic has been delighting audiences for over half a century with the jokes that remain funny, orchestrations that endure beautifully, and themes that resonate contemporarily.

BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Offends and Entertains MasterfullyBWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Offends and Entertains Masterfully
February 27, 2017

With shirts clean and pressed, and haircuts precise, the cast of The Book of Mormon tapped back into my heart as they did when the tour stopped in Pittsburgh four years ago. Since then, much has changed, both with the cast and with the societal conscience, but one thing remains the same: the show is hysterical and offensive in every way.

BWW Review: PUMP BOYS & DINETTES Brings Bluegrass to the BurghBWW Review: PUMP BOYS & DINETTES Brings Bluegrass to the Burgh
February 6, 2017

A little country twang and some sweet pies are all this short musical comedy needs to charm to a little ol' Pittsburgh crowd. Pump Boys & Dinettes, as the title implies, follows the service guys of L.M. and Jim's Gas Stations and the waitress sisters at the Double Cupp Diner.

BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! Parodies GeniusBWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! Parodies Genius
February 1, 2017

The Renaissance was an era of rebirth, new ideas, and particularly in Elizabethan England, grand works of literature. Out of this era produced the cat's meow of writing, the overshadowing Bard, William Shakespeare, but what history doesn't quite tell us is that there were two other great writers of the day. Arguably, Nick and Nigel Bottom's words could compare only to those of Shakespeare's quill. Add in some spectacle, a soothsayer, and tap dancing and the musical Something Rotten! is born.

BWW Review: Hedwig Rocks to the Strum of Her Guitar in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCHBWW Review: Hedwig Rocks to the Strum of Her Guitar in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
January 25, 2017

Before Hedwig was the semi-known rock star she is today, she was a resident of East Berlin during the Cold War who found solace in American rock music. This influence led her West to America where she continued finding herself and her other half. It is this longing for her unknown other half that pushes her narrative six inches forward and gives this hero her quest. Through flashy lights and electric guitar, Hedwig and the Angry Inch brings a genderqueer rock story from East Berlin to Western Pennsylvania in over-the-top fashion.

BWW Preview: SOMETHING ROTTEN! a Premier Broadway Show Coming to PittsburghBWW Preview: SOMETHING ROTTEN! a Premier Broadway Show Coming to Pittsburgh
December 27, 2016

The Renaissance is vibrant, new, and alive in Something Rotten!, a fantastic and 'very new' musical redolent of the great works of theatre past. The show will have you laughing, crying, and quite possibly giving a standing ovation - in the middle of an act.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY Pays Homage to MovieBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY Pays Homage to Movie
November 25, 2016

Juxtaposing 1940 and 2016 America, you can easily pick out the undeniable differences that layer society, from technology to familial roles and everything in between. One thing that has remained constant over those 76 years is the unbridled joy of a child when they receive the pinnacle present on Christmas morning.

BWW Review: Questionable High from HAIRBWW Review: Questionable High from HAIR
November 14, 2016

It's a complicated time in a confusing culture for members of the New York City Hair tribe; the Vietnam War has brought a counterculture revolution that vexes many of these youthful Americans. Still, as an audience member watching the conflicted free spirits, I felt more confused about the overall production than any individual characters felt about their choices.

BWW Interview: Josh Tolle 'takes what he got' in KINKY BOOTSBWW Interview: Josh Tolle 'takes what he got' in KINKY BOOTS
September 23, 2016

Not every actor on tour can say that they are fortunate enough to wake up each morning and go to sleep each night in their own bed. For Josh Tolle, however, the luxury of his home just north of Pittsburgh has been a welcomed rest, if only for one tour stop.

BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Struts Sex, Heels, and Acceptance to PittsburghBWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Struts Sex, Heels, and Acceptance to Pittsburgh
September 21, 2016

What is the most beautiful thing in the world? Nature? Love? Food? What if I told you that for some, the answer was shoes? That is the exact mantra the Price family has passed down though the generations and unto the most recent heir, Charlie. When it comes his turn to take over the family shoe business, he is conflicted: stuck somewhere between the ill-fated triangle of paternal expectations, fiance demands, and personal validation.

BWW Review: COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA True and AuthenticBWW Review: COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA True and Authentic
July 15, 2016

A 1950's house, complete with a rotary phone and tube radio, a milkman and rude jock, a sexist husband and loving wife, is the setting for Come Back, Little Sheba, the superb first play written by William Ingeandproduced by The Summer Company. Centering around Lola and Doc Delaney, a married couple of a couple decades, Come Back, Little Sheba delves into what it means to grow old and how to maintain a grasp on young beauty.

BWW Review: DAMN YANKEES a Hit Out of The ParkBWW Review: DAMN YANKEES a Hit Out of The Park
July 7, 2016

Baseball players doing pirouettes is not a typical pregame warm-up many major leaguers have, but that certainly doesn't stop the cast of Pittsburgh CLO's Damn Yankees from dancing their shoes off from left field to right, or rather, stage left to right. With bats in hand and led by a headstrong female reporter, the men of the Washington Senators deliver a power-packed, energized dance routine in 'Shoeless Joe' that reflects the charisma and passion displayed throughout the entire show.

BWW Review: CLO's CHICAGO Good, GrandBWW Review: CLO's CHICAGO Good, Grand
June 20, 2016

Divas and divos laced in black are strutting across a Pittsburgh stage and bringing the scandalous stories of Chicago's Cook County jail to life...sometimes death. Chicago, the 1975 American musical set during the roaring 20's, is on stage at the Benedum through Sunday, June 26 and is being presented by the CLO for the first time.

BWW Review: CLO Kicks Off Season with MATILDABWW Review: CLO Kicks Off Season with MATILDA
June 3, 2016

A British encounter of a younger kind is sweeping the stage on 7th Street in downtown Pittsburgh. Matilda, the Broadway and West End hit musical about a superlative young girl with extraordinary knowledge and wit, opens the Pittsburgh CLO's summer season at the Benedum Center.

BWW Review: Pittsburgh CLO Invites Audiences to Journey THE 39 STEPSBWW Review: Pittsburgh CLO Invites Audiences to Journey THE 39 STEPS
May 31, 2016

A murder. A mystery. A few laughs with your wine and cheese. All of these are offered at the CLO Cabaret Theatre, where for the next few months, audiences can witness The 39 Steps on stage.

BWW Review: Prime Stage's THE GIVER Stays True to NovelBWW Review: Prime Stage's THE GIVER Stays True to Novel
May 18, 2016

Imagine yourself in middle school again. It's quite difficult to fully embody the memory, seeing as how most of us were considerably shorter and much more ignorant about the world; but Prime Stage's production of The Giver provides visible introspection of ourselves through the character of Jonas, the 12-year-old protagonist superbly portrayed by Capa sixth grader Will Sendera.

BWW Review: Mon River Arts Gets 'Serious' with LEGALLY BLONDEBWW Review: Mon River Arts Gets 'Serious' with LEGALLY BLONDE
May 9, 2016

It's not too often that Elizabeth, Pennsylvania is fortunate enough to see real talent grace its stage. Mon River Arts' production of Legally Blonde delivers a surprisingly high-energy performance, coupled with remarkable vocals and excellent use of the Grand Theatre's space.

BWW Review: Barebones' CUCKOO'S NEST Brings New Hazlett to Life, Insanity, DeathBWW Review: Barebones' CUCKOO'S NEST Brings New Hazlett to Life, Insanity, Death
April 25, 2016

The New Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh's Allegheny Center is always an eclectic experience. The black box theater allows for companies and productions to make the space their own, and that is exactly what Barebones Productions did with the Dale Wasserman play, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

BWW Review: BARBER OF SEVILLE Amuses and DelightsBWW Review: BARBER OF SEVILLE Amuses and Delights
April 11, 2016

Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! It's hard not to sing his name over and over again as the barber did effortlessly in Pittsburgh Opera's production. Having produced the show twelve times in its history, Pittsburgh Opera delivered a captivating twist on the Rossini classic, The Barber of Seville.



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