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BWW Review: FUN HOME Swaggers into Heinz Hall BWW Review: FUN HOME Swaggers into Heinz Hall
by Dylan Shaffer - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE KING AND I Evokes Something Wonderful BWW Review: THE KING AND I Evokes Something Wonderful
by Dylan Shaffer - April 06, 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, an... (more...)
BWW Review: FOREVER PLAID Hits a High Note at the Lamp BWW Review: FOREVER PLAID Hits a High Note at the Lamp
by Greg Kerestan - March 09, 2017

The classic musical/cabaret hybrid takes audiences back to a different era in both music and comedy.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Offends and Entertains Masterfully BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Offends and Entertains Masterfully
by Dylan Shaffer - 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... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ROYALE at City Theatre Showcases the Power of Sports and Theatre in 75 Brilliant Minutes BWW Review: THE ROYALE at City Theatre Showcases the Power of Sports and Theatre in 75 Brilliant Minutes
by Mike Mekus - February 09, 2017

THE ROYALE at City Theatre follows the story of Heavyweight Champion boxer Jay Johnson as he deals with racial inequity and impacting African-American culture with his success.... (more...)
BWW Review: PUMP BOYS & DINETTES Brings Bluegrass to the Burgh BWW Review: PUMP BOYS & DINETTES Brings Bluegrass to the Burgh
by Dylan Shaffer - February 06, 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! Parodies Genius BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! Parodies Genius
by Dylan Shaffer - February 01, 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: Hedwig Rocks to the Strum of Her Guitar in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH BWW Review: Hedwig Rocks to the Strum of Her Guitar in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
by Dylan Shaffer - 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 pu... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LION IN WINTER at PICT Classic Theatre Provides Entertaining Night Led By Veteran Performer BWW Review: THE LION IN WINTER at PICT Classic Theatre Provides Entertaining Night Led By Veteran Performer
by Mike Mekus - December 19, 2016

Few things are as riveting as watching an actor or actress that demands an audience's attention 100% of the time while they are onstage/onscreen. Immediately, I think of Patti LuPone in Gypsy. Granted, Mama Rose is a role that's designed to be all-consuming, but LuPone was raved about as being mesme... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY Pays Homage to Movie BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY Pays Homage to Movie
by Dylan Shaffer - 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 Ch... (more...)
BWW Review: Questionable High from HAIR BWW Review: Questionable High from HAIR
by Dylan Shaffer - 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 p... (more...)
BWW Review: HAND TO GOD at City Theatre is Wickedly Funny and Surprisingly Human BWW Review: HAND TO GOD at City Theatre is Wickedly Funny and Surprisingly Human
by Mike Mekus - October 05, 2016

Showcasing demonic puppets, sex with students, and religous overtones works wonderfully in City Theatre's HAND TO GOD... (more...)
BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Struts Sex, Heels, and Acceptance to Pittsburgh BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Struts Sex, Heels, and Acceptance to Pittsburgh
by Dylan Shaffer - 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 busi... (more...)
BWW Review: WIG OUT! at the REP Showcases as Much Humor as it Does Heart in Stunning Depiction of Drag Queen Community BWW Review: WIG OUT! at the REP Showcases as Much Humor as it Does Heart in Stunning Depiction of Drag Queen Community
by Mike Mekus - September 13, 2016

The REP at the Pittsburgh Playhouse began its 2016-2017 season with a bang, producing a bold and unapologetically poignant piece of theatre featuring an incredibly diverse cast with an important social message.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ODD COUPLE Hits Close to Home at St Vincent BWW Review: THE ODD COUPLE Hits Close to Home at St Vincent
by Greg Kerestan - August 16, 2016

From this famous play sprung the modern sitcom fully-formed, but it's a little darker than you might remember.... (more...)
BWW Review: COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA True and Authentic BWW Review: COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA True and Authentic
by Dylan Shaffer - 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 IngeĀ andĀ produced by The Summer Company. Centering around Lola and Doc Delaney, a married coupl... (more...)
BWW Review: DAMN YANKEES a Hit Out of The Park BWW Review: DAMN YANKEES a Hit Out of The Park
by Dylan Shaffer - July 07, 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 fema... (more...)
BWW Review: CLO's CHICAGO Good, Grand BWW Review: CLO's CHICAGO Good, Grand
by Dylan Shaffer - 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 presente... (more...)
BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING Is Stark, Spooky at Split Stage BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING Is Stark, Spooky at Split Stage
by Greg Kerestan - June 14, 2016

Barbara Burgess-Lefebvre's eerie production of the impressionist musical takes the show back to its roots, for better and for worse.... (more...)
BWW Review: CLO Kicks Off Season with MATILDA BWW Review: CLO Kicks Off Season with MATILDA
by Dylan Shaffer - June 03, 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: Pittsburgh CLO Invites Audiences to Journey THE 39 STEPS BWW Review: Pittsburgh CLO Invites Audiences to Journey THE 39 STEPS
by Dylan Shaffer - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: Back to School with TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING and STONE SOUP at Playhouse Jr. BWW Review: Back to School with TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING and STONE SOUP at Playhouse Jr.
by Greg Kerestan - May 25, 2016

The acclaimed university's children's theatre double feature explores the wide variety of possibilities for family entertainment.... (more...)
BWW Review: Prime Stage's THE GIVER Stays True to Novel BWW Review: Prime Stage's THE GIVER Stays True to Novel
by Dylan Shaffer - 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, t... (more...)
BWW Review: Mon River Arts Gets 'Serious' with LEGALLY BLONDE BWW Review: Mon River Arts Gets 'Serious' with LEGALLY BLONDE
by Dylan Shaffer - May 09, 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: Barebones' CUCKOO'S NEST Brings New Hazlett to Life, Insanity, Death BWW Review: Barebones' CUCKOO'S NEST Brings New Hazlett to Life, Insanity, Death
by Dylan Shaffer - 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.... (more...)