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: Relatable Comedy Amuses in MEN ARE FROM MARS - WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, LIVE!BWW Review: Relatable Comedy Amuses in MEN ARE FROM MARS - WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, LIVE!
Posted: Sep. 9, 2018


BWW Review: GREY GARDENS Blossoms at the New HazlettBWW Review: GREY GARDENS Blossoms at the New Hazlett
Posted: Aug. 20, 2018


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BWW Review: XANADU Does at the Pittsburgh CLO CabaretBWW Review: XANADU Does at the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret
Posted: Oct. 24, 2017


BWW Review: WICKED Proudly Presents Autism-Friendly Performance in PittsburghBWW Review: WICKED Proudly Presents Autism-Friendly Performance in Pittsburgh
Posted: Feb. 5, 2018


BWW Review:  Learn to See 'The Beauty Underneath' in LOVE NEVER DIES at the BenedumBWW Review: Learn to See 'The Beauty Underneath' in LOVE NEVER DIES at the Benedum
Posted: Jan. 4, 2018


BWW Review: CLO's THE FULL MONTY Turns Up the Heat at the BenedumBWW Review: CLO's THE FULL MONTY Turns Up the Heat at the Benedum
Posted: Jul. 9, 2018


BWW Review: CLO's PERFECT WEDDING Rings Comedy BellsBWW Review: CLO's PERFECT WEDDING Rings Comedy Bells
Posted: May. 21, 2018


BWW Review: Relatable Comedy Amuses in MEN ARE FROM MARS - WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, LIVE!BWW Review: Relatable Comedy Amuses in MEN ARE FROM MARS - WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, LIVE!
September 9, 2018

Let's talk about sex.

BWW Review: GREY GARDENS Blossoms at the New HazlettBWW Review: GREY GARDENS Blossoms at the New Hazlett
August 20, 2018

A family of riches and elegance surrounded by the decrepit conditions of a deteriorating estate: the paradox is suitable for the equally paradoxical name of the property, Grey Gardens.

BWW Review: Hot Off the Press! THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE is a Hit!BWW Review: Hot Off the Press! THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE is a Hit!
August 9, 2018

Beat the drums because Thoroughly Modern Millie is a hit! As the nightcap to Pittsburgh CLO's 2018 summer season, Millieis nothing short of a flapper girl's dream and a theatergoer's desire.

BWW Review: CLO's THE FULL MONTY Turns Up the Heat at the BenedumBWW Review: CLO's THE FULL MONTY Turns Up the Heat at the Benedum
July 9, 2018

Before there was Magic Mike, there was The Full Monty. Based off the 1997 British film of the same name, The Full Montydebuted as a Broadway musical in 2000 and revealed just how far and how bare six unemployed men were willing to go to earn money again.

BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET! A Standing Ovation to Start CLO's Summer SeasonBWW Review: ON YOUR FEET! A Standing Ovation to Start CLO's Summer Season
June 14, 2018

The rhythm is gonna get you when you attend the first musical of the CLO's 72nd season. On Your Feet!, the real-life story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, is crammed with dozens of Latin-infused hits spanning more than three decades. The biomusical is hip, glitzy, extravagant, and theatrical, all the while maintaining a consistent storyline that offers welcomed depth and insight to the show.

BWW Review: And They're Off! Front Porch Theatricals Kicks Off Summer Season with A NEW BRAINBWW Review: And They're Off! Front Porch Theatricals Kicks Off Summer Season with A NEW BRAIN
May 29, 2018

A struggling writer is all too common a motif in literature - think Midnight in Paris, Sunset Boulevard, orSomething Rotten!. For Gordon Michael Schwinn, writing hit songs for a children's television show will be his legacy if he doesn't make a change, before it's too latebefore he needs A New Brain.

BWW Review: CINDERELLA is A Lovely Night at Heinz HallBWW Review: CINDERELLA is A Lovely Night at Heinz Hall
May 24, 2018

Missed your invitation to Harry and Megan's royal wedding? Fear naught, because as part of PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh, the story of Cinderella is as enchanting and regal as any British love story.

BWW Review: CLO's PERFECT WEDDING Rings Comedy BellsBWW Review: CLO's PERFECT WEDDING Rings Comedy Bells
May 21, 2018

A true comedy of errors filled with couples engaged and enraged in wedding jitters, Perfect Wedding at the CLO Cabaret is the madcap comedy of the summer that will make you think twice about saying, "I do."

BWW Preview: A SPARK Ignites in Pittsburgh this WeekendBWW Preview: A SPARK Ignites in Pittsburgh this Weekend
April 5, 2018

Surprising to an outsider, Pittsburgh's cultural scene is impressive for a city its size. Ranging from music to murals and everything in between, the Steel City has much to offer visitors and neighbors within its localized cultural mecca. Included in that mix is the Pittsburgh CLO, an organization that has been fostering musical theater in Pittsburgh since 1946.

BWW Review: 'You'll See' RENT At Heinz Hall this WeekBWW Review: 'You'll See' RENT At Heinz Hall this Week
March 28, 2018

To see a show, you must rent a seat. You become the temporary tenant occupying the vacant seat for a specified time. When the show is through, the lease is up. Unfortunately, Mark and Roger could never afford to see a show, let alone afford to pay last year's rent.

BWW Review: WAITRESS, a Delicious Treat for the SensesBWW Review: WAITRESS, a Delicious Treat for the Senses
March 7, 2018

Sugar. Butter. Flour. Welcome to the kitchen where Jenna (Desi Oakle) is baking up a fresh pie. She works tirelessly every day baking new pies and serving at Joe's Diner, only to have her abusive husband Earl (Nick Bailey) take her sweet earnings at the end of every shift. This all changes when Jenna discovers she is pregnant with Earl's baby.

BWW Review: Deborah Cox is Queen of the Night in THE BODYGUARDBWW Review: Deborah Cox is Queen of the Night in THE BODYGUARD
March 2, 2018

Explosive and suspenseful, The Bodyguard, the musical, offers a modern take on the 1992 silver screen classic starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. The stage version, touring across America but stopping in Pittsburgh this week, stars Canadian R&B artist Deborah Cox and features thrilling theatrics that accompany the melodrama.

BWW Review: WICKED Proudly Presents Autism-Friendly Performance in PittsburghBWW Review: WICKED Proudly Presents Autism-Friendly Performance in Pittsburgh
February 5, 2018

There's a land that you've heard of, once in a lullaby. It's a land of witches and wizards, talking animals and munchkins, and sorcery and dreams. Wicked transports audiences to the Land of Oz where the untold story of its witches unfold on stage in the most elaborate of fashions. The show is in Pittsburgh for a three-week stop and offered an incredible autism-friendly performance as well (more on that a little later).

BWW Review:  Learn to See 'The Beauty Underneath' in LOVE NEVER DIES at the BenedumBWW Review: Learn to See 'The Beauty Underneath' in LOVE NEVER DIES at the Benedum
January 4, 2018

Ten years after the epic conclusion of The Phantom of the Opera, we find ourselves on the shores of the Atlantic- an ocean away from the Paris Opera House where years prior Christine, Raoul, and the Phantom would meet for an explosive encounter in the lair. Christine and Raoul would flee together, leaving the Phantom to the mercy of the encroaching mob. It is the most recognizable love triangle in musical theatre- one that ends in the questionable disappearance of the Phantom. But Andrew Lloyd Weber could not let the Phantom's love and story end there; thus gives us the basis for the sequel Love Never Dies.

BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE Raises Voices and Spirits at the BenedumBWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE Raises Voices and Spirits at the Benedum
November 17, 2017

Celie never knew much about a good life. Her sparse moments of joy were shared with her sister Nettie. As a teenager, her father impregnated her - twice - and gave the baby away each time. Celie became a part of a package deal with a cow and was forced into an abusive marriage. Through all this, supported by feminism and a mysterious God, Celie is able to persevere and continue on her unsuspecting quest to produce the colors of the rainbow in The Color Purple.

BWW Review: XANADU Does at the Pittsburgh CLO CabaretBWW Review: XANADU Does at the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret
October 24, 2017

Take a trip back to the 80s, where Australian accents abounded in California and Greek muses littered the earth; where short shorts and cross dressing was the norm; and where Sonny Malone is inspired to create the greatest roller disco since antiquity.

BWW Review: It's Roctober at the Benedum with SCHOOL OF ROCKBWW Review: It's Roctober at the Benedum with SCHOOL OF ROCK
October 19, 2017

Washed up and slowly approaching middle age, rocker Dewey Finn (Rob Colletti) is living on his best friend's couch, stuck in his glory days in a college band. He finds himself strapped for cash and soon devises a plan to win the Battle of the Bands, enlisting, of course, the famous School of Rock band, which is comprised of prep school children rocking gnarly licks on the guitar, riffing vocal solos, and pounding drum beats.

BWW Review: Front Porch Theatrical's BIG FISH Makes a Major SplashBWW Review: Front Porch Theatrical's BIG FISH Makes a Major Splash
August 21, 2017

The Allegheny River is not well known for its bountiful aquatic yielding, but travel just a little bit further north to the New Hazlett Theatre in Pittsburgh's North Side for a once-in-a-lifetime catch. Front Porch Theatrical's imagining of Big Fish synthesizes the best of Pittsburgh theatre into a musical that abounds with whimsical fantasies and heart-wrenching moments.

BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Jams Out at the BenedumBWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Jams Out at the Benedum
August 9, 2017

Imagine a room filled with four of the greatest rising stars of the music industry today. It's hard to think of only four standout artists, but on December 4, 1956 in a small auto shop-turned-recording studio, Sam Phillips, owner of Sun Records, found himself in the company of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. Million Dollar Quartet chronicles this impromptu recording session with four of the hottest artists of the time, taking liberties and dramatizing the one act musical to make a plot of a single night worthy of a Broadway stage.

BWW Review: CLO's NEWSIES Out and On a MissionBWW Review: CLO's NEWSIES Out and On a Mission
July 20, 2017

In a news story, the lede is the captivating opening paragraph, the exciting exposition that locks the reader's eyes to the text and incites them to continue on. The Disney musical Newsies finds its lede in leading paperboy Jack Kelly (Joey Barreiro), an unknowing hero who rallies his fellow paperboy troops to strike and protest Joseph Pulitzer's increased newspaper bundle cost of 10 cents. Delivering that with 1899 styles of dress, heavy New York accents, and large dance numbers, Mr. Barreiro and the cast of Disney's Newsies create a hot-off-the-press energized performance.



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