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: THE COLOR PURPLE Raises Voices and Spirits at the BenedumBWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE Raises Voices and Spirits at the Benedum
Posted: Nov. 17, 2017


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BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING Steams Up Heinz HallBWW Review: DIRTY DANCING Steams Up Heinz Hall
Posted: May. 25, 2017


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


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


BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Jams Out at the BenedumBWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Jams Out at the Benedum
Posted: Aug. 9, 2017


BWW REVIEW: IN THE HEIGHTS Exudes Hot Caribbean FlairBWW REVIEW: IN THE HEIGHTS Exudes Hot Caribbean Flair
Posted: Jul. 10, 2017


BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and PittsburghBWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and Pittsburgh
Posted: Jun. 3, 2017


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.

BWW REVIEW: IN THE HEIGHTS Exudes Hot Caribbean FlairBWW REVIEW: IN THE HEIGHTS Exudes Hot Caribbean Flair
July 10, 2017

Flags of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Mexico adorn the balconies and railings of the barrio in Lin-Manuel Miranda's 2008 musical In The Heights. The show, which won the Tony that year for Best Musical, brings a Hispanic flair to the Benedum stage through the accents, language, and styles of dances, uncommonly seen by a Pittsburgh audience as part of the Pittsburgh CLO's 2017 summer season.

BWW Review: Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID Makes a SplashBWW Review: Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID Makes a Splash
June 16, 2017

Hold your breath, because the Pittsburgh CLO is about to dive right into the water and take you under the sea! Disney's The Little Mermaid, based closely off the 1989 animated film, returned to the Benedum Center on Tuesday evening and continues with performances running through next week.

BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and PittsburghBWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and Pittsburgh
June 3, 2017

With the fighting over and the French Tricolour waving high, Paris finds itself beginning to stand straight again after a battering war. Adam Hochberg (Etai Benson) and Jerry Mulligan (McGee Maddox), two former United States soldiers who fought in the war, stake their claim in the City of Lights in 1945, both for varying reasons. Add on top of this a beautiful young dancer who has caught the eyes of more than her dance instructors, and An American in Paris is born.

BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING Steams Up Heinz HallBWW Review: DIRTY DANCING Steams Up Heinz Hall
May 25, 2017

It's the classic story of Baby and her family vacation to Kellerman's resort. The sun is hot, the family activities are campy, and the dancing is dirtier than ever. The staged version of the 1987 movie of the same name, Dirty Dancing is a surprisingly sensational show.

BWW Review: 4.48 PSYCHOSIS Haunts Carnegie StageBWW Review: 4.48 PSYCHOSIS Haunts Carnegie Stage
May 8, 2017

When you walk into the black box Carnegie Stage, the impressive and overpowering rear wall of text smacks you in the face. In front, on the stage, a scene from a dystopian mental hospital with an old spring bed and metal frame, a broken and dirty bathtub, and torn hospital curtains. This becomes the haunting backdrop for Sarah Kane's eerie 4.48 Psychosis.

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.



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