Greg Kerestan

Greg Kerestan A long-time BWW regular, Greg Kerestan is proud to join the staff of his favorite website. Greg is a graduate of Duquesne University and Seton Hill University, where he studied both theatre and English. In his spare time, Greg works as a part-time actor and full-time playwright, lyricist and composer.


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BWW Review: ALADDIN Is A New Take on an Old-Fashioned Genre at the BenedumBWW Review: ALADDIN Is A New Take on an Old-Fashioned Genre at the Benedum
Posted: Aug. 29, 2018


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BWW Review: JANE EYRE Steps In and Out of Darkness at PICTBWW Review: JANE EYRE Steps In and Out of Darkness at PICT
Posted: Apr. 13, 2018


BWW Review: Say Hello to HARVEY at St. VincentBWW Review: Say Hello to HARVEY at St. Vincent
Posted: May. 30, 2018


BWW Review: TITANIC Sets Sail at Pittsburgh CLOBWW Review: TITANIC Sets Sail at Pittsburgh CLO
Posted: Jun. 26, 2018


BWW Review: THE GREAT GATSBY Goes Melodrama at Heritage PlayersBWW Review: THE GREAT GATSBY Goes Melodrama at Heritage Players
Posted: Jun. 1, 2018


BWW Review: BRIGADOON at CLO Is a Highland FlingBWW Review: BRIGADOON at CLO Is a Highland Fling
Posted: Jul. 20, 2018


BWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Raises the Dead at Pittsburgh PublicBWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Raises the Dead at Pittsburgh Public
Posted: Feb. 6, 2018


BWW Review: HAMLET Amps Up the Antic Disposition at Pittsburgh PublicBWW Review: HAMLET Amps Up the Antic Disposition at Pittsburgh Public
Posted: Apr. 30, 2018


BWW Review: ALADDIN Is A New Take on an Old-Fashioned Genre at the BenedumBWW Review: ALADDIN Is A New Take on an Old-Fashioned Genre at the Benedum
August 29, 2018

The recent Disney smash feels like it's eighty years old rather than less than ten- but in this case, that's a good thing.

BWW Review: LEADING LADIES Drags Up, But Never Drags, at St. VincentBWW Review: LEADING LADIES Drags Up, But Never Drags, at St. Vincent
August 7, 2018

'Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, dudes dressed up as chicks.'

BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Brings Cartoons to Life at CLOBWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Brings Cartoons to Life at CLO
July 31, 2018

After a more realistic, but less interesting, live-action film, Pittsburgh CLO returns to the original- and cartoons in general- for inspiration.

BWW Review: BRIGADOON at CLO Is a Highland FlingBWW Review: BRIGADOON at CLO Is a Highland Fling
July 20, 2018

A sentimental, old-fashioned musical can be corny and slow in the wrong hands, but this production is as fresh as the heather on the hill.

BWW Review: Old Habits Die Hard in NUNSENSE at St. VincentBWW Review: Old Habits Die Hard in NUNSENSE at St. Vincent
July 11, 2018

The success of the 'Nunsense' franchise may be a bizarre fluke, but there's no denying the charm of Gregg Brandt's production.

BWW Review: TITANIC Sets Sail at Pittsburgh CLOBWW Review: TITANIC Sets Sail at Pittsburgh CLO
June 26, 2018

There's a lot going on in Maury Yeston and Peter Stone's musical epic, but the payoff is well worth the effort.

BWW Review: THE GREAT GATSBY Goes Melodrama at Heritage PlayersBWW Review: THE GREAT GATSBY Goes Melodrama at Heritage Players
June 1, 2018

A talented cast give their all, but Simon Levy's adaptation of the Great American Novel seems unsure of what it wants to be.

BWW Review: Say Hello to HARVEY at St. VincentBWW Review: Say Hello to HARVEY at St. Vincent
May 30, 2018

You couldn't write a play like this today, but with the right, light touch, you can still get an immensely entertaining evening out of it.

BWW Review: HAMLET Amps Up the Antic Disposition at Pittsburgh PublicBWW Review: HAMLET Amps Up the Antic Disposition at Pittsburgh Public
April 30, 2018

Is Hamlet mad or sane? Should Denmark be ruled by the melancholy Dane, or by Claudius? Ted Pappas's production bravely casts all accepted answers into uncertainty.

BWW Review: THE WHITE CHIP White-Knuckles Towards Sobriety at City TheatreBWW Review: THE WHITE CHIP White-Knuckles Towards Sobriety at City Theatre
April 25, 2018

Addiction drama is passe, author/main character Sean says. But here, in Sean Daniels's three-person dramedy, the journey from addiction to recovery is a journey well worth taking.

BWW Review: JANE EYRE Steps In and Out of Darkness at PICTBWW Review: JANE EYRE Steps In and Out of Darkness at PICT
April 13, 2018

Alan Stanford's masterful adaptation of an often-grim Bronte novel balances melodrama with humanity, horror with levity.

BWW Review: UP AND AWAY Sweetly Skewers Superheroes at CLO CabaretBWW Review: UP AND AWAY Sweetly Skewers Superheroes at CLO Cabaret
April 12, 2018

The five-person, three-musician comedy is a throwback, both to the Golden Age of comic books and the absurd silliness of 1990s family comedy.

BWW Review: HEISENBERG Teases Profundity at Pittsbugh PublicBWW Review: HEISENBERG Teases Profundity at Pittsbugh Public
March 27, 2018

The Pittsburgh Public production of Simon Stephens's play is a tug of war, both between its two characters and between light comedy and weighty drama.

BWW Review: WAITRESS Flips the Script at the BenedumBWW Review: WAITRESS Flips the Script at the Benedum
March 8, 2018

Even without big-name stars, 'Waitress' proves itself to be the right show at the right time.

BWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Raises the Dead at Pittsburgh PublicBWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Raises the Dead at Pittsburgh Public
February 6, 2018

Vaudeville, burlesque and television variety shows may be dead, but Ted Pappas uses the classic Sondheim musical to exhume the bodies and bring them roaring back to life.

BWW Review: THE ABSLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY Walks a Tightrope at City TheatreBWW Review: THE ABSLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY Walks a Tightrope at City Theatre
February 1, 2018

There are some things it's hard to joke about, but the tasteful crime tragicomedy of James Lecesne's one-man show somehow holds it together.

BWW Review: THE HUMANS Gets Weird on Multiple Levels at Pittsburgh PublicBWW Review: THE HUMANS Gets Weird on Multiple Levels at Pittsburgh Public
November 20, 2017

If you want to discuss mystery, and I think we need to at this point, there are two essential tropes that must be considered. First, we have Chekhov's gun- if a seemingly important thing is brought up, even casually, near the beginning, it will prove to be important by the end. (Case in point: Chekhov introduces a gun early in Hedda Gabler, and somebody gets shot by the end of the evening.) Second, we have the opposite of Chekhov's gun, the red herring- sometimes, a seemingly important thing is brought up, even casually, to divert attention and create misdirection from what is truly important. (Case in point, Sigmund Freud stated that anything longer than it is wide represented a phallic icon, but justified his own smoking by stating 'sometimes, a cigar can be just a cigar,' not emblematic of anything else.)

BWW Review: EQUUS Isn't Horsing Around at Pittsburgh PublicBWW Review: EQUUS Isn't Horsing Around at Pittsburgh Public
October 10, 2017

Peter Shaffer's genre-busting psychodrama gets a bracing production, featuring a revelatory change of pace by Daniel Krell.

BWW Review: Dying is Easy, Comedy Hard at City Theatre's A FUNNY THING...BWW Review: Dying is Easy, Comedy Hard at City Theatre's A FUNNY THING...
October 4, 2017

Putney and McGeever both nail the sitcom rhythms of their dialogue, Putney channeling Kristin Bell's frayed-around-the-edges perkiness while McGeever strongly recalls Jesse Tyler Ferguson's squirmy tragicomedy in cult classic The Class. The rapport between the two of them is realistically uneasy, feeling alternately welcome and pathetic in both antagonistic and romantic moments. As directed by Joshua Kahan Brody, the balance never slides to firmly for too long to the 'funny' or 'dour' side of the sadcom scale, assisted by the intermittent interjections of Kendra McLaughlin's taciturn Geena.

BWW REVIEW: My Way Tributes Sinatra at St. VincentBWW REVIEW: My Way Tributes Sinatra at St. Vincent
August 8, 2017

Classy, frothy, smooth and swingin', this Sinatra revue feels like a cruise ship nightclub show in the best possible way.



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