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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. When not working for Social Security Disability, Greg freelances as an actor, writer and composer. His past musicals include "In Control," "Night of the Living Musical," and "Tink!," which won Outstanding Family Musical at the 2016 New York Musical Festival.




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BWW Review: Manual Cinema's FRANKENSTEIN at City Theatre Is The World's Artsiest Driv PhotoBWW Review: Manual Cinema's FRANKENSTEIN at City Theatre Is The World's Artsiest Drive-In Movie
Posted: Oct. 6, 2020


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BWW Review: DOWNSTAIRS Isn't the Play You'd Expect at City Theatre PhotoBWW Review: DOWNSTAIRS Isn't the Play You'd Expect at City Theatre
Posted: Jan. 23, 2020


BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Makes for Wintry Summer Fun at PICT Classic The PhotoBWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Makes for Wintry Summer Fun at PICT Classic Theatre
Posted: Feb. 18, 2020


BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Pittsburgh Public Theatre Doesn't Reinvent, But PhotoBWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Pittsburgh Public Theatre Doesn't Reinvent, But Doesn't Have To
Posted: Feb. 3, 2020


BWW Review: Prime Stage's THE OUTSIDERS Stays Golden at the New Hazlett PhotoBWW Review: Prime Stage's THE OUTSIDERS Stays Golden at the New Hazlett
Posted: Mar. 9, 2020


BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL Is Sadly Still Relevant at Split Stage PhotoBWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL Is Sadly Still Relevant at Split Stage
Posted: Feb. 13, 2020


BWW Review: Two VERY Different Christmas Treats at Pittsburgh Public (PITTSBURGH LIGH PhotoBWW Review: Two VERY Different Christmas Treats at Pittsburgh Public (PITTSBURGH LIGHTS AND LEGENDS) and Arcade Comedy Theater (THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS)
Posted: Dec. 18, 2019


BWW Review: Manual Cinema's FRANKENSTEIN at City Theatre Is The World's Artsiest Driv PhotoBWW Review: Manual Cinema's FRANKENSTEIN at City Theatre Is The World's Artsiest Drive-In Movie
Posted: Oct. 6, 2020


BWW Review: Manual Cinema's FRANKENSTEIN at City Theatre Is The World's Artsiest Drive-In Movie
October 6, 2020

Is it a play? Is it a movie? Is it a dance show? Who cares, it's 'Frankenstein!'

BWW Review: Prime Stage's THE OUTSIDERS Stays Golden at the New Hazlett
March 9, 2020

Scott P. Calhoon's dreamlike staging of the S. E. Hinton classic finds moments of beauty and adrenaline in the sometimes clumsy prose of a young adult classic.

BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Makes for Wintry Summer Fun at PICT Classic Theatre
February 18, 2020

This may be Shakespeare's dumbest play, but Alan Stanford's production is still smarter than just about anything else you'll see this year.

BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL Is Sadly Still Relevant at Split Stage
February 13, 2020

I had a conversation with the cast and director of a local production of Cabaret a few days ago, about how theatre changed with the advent of the Internet. The visual presentation and iconic look of shows became much more relevant, much more permanently associated with shows, once photographs and video were as easy to find as cast recordings. You'll rarely if ever see a Cabaret that doesn't exist in the shadow of the Sam Mendes production, or someday a Hamilton without some of the iconic visual and performance signifiers. I'm not even calling it design laziness or plagiarism: the shows of today simply exist in a more tangible, permanent form than they did before the late 1990s. With that said, there's something to be said for productions that take some of those iconic elements and ignore them, crafting something different instead. Split Stage's production of Next to Normal reinvents one of the central characters, and it changes the entire piece.

BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Pittsburgh Public Theatre Doesn't Reinvent, But Doesn't Have To
February 3, 2020

There are enough fresh touches in this staging of an iconic musical to keep you from getting bored, but enough familiarity to keep you forever on the verge of singing along.

BWW Review: DOWNSTAIRS Isn't the Play You'd Expect at City Theatre
January 23, 2020

Something is definitely wrong in Theresa Rebeck's claustrophobic dramedy- but who, or what, is it?

BWW Review: Two VERY Different Christmas Treats at Pittsburgh Public (PITTSBURGH LIGHTS AND LEGENDS) and Arcade Comedy Theater (THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS)
December 18, 2019

It wouldn't be Christmas without offerings for both young and old... plus one neither for the very young NOR the very old.

BWW Review: LES MISERABLES at Benedum Center Doesn't Reinvent an Old Standard, But Spruces It Up a Bit
December 2, 2019

People get VERY worked up about their precious Les Miserables- case in point, I saw a seven-year-old boy two rows in front of me, dressed in a full Javert costume at the Benedum stop of the national tour. It is so well-known and so well-loved that even if you're not a theatre person you probably know at least a few of the best-known songs, like 'On My Own' and 'Bring Him Home' from constant media saturation. Others you'd recognize from reference and parody: nearly every send-up of musicals from the 1980s on has spoofed 'One Day More' and its increasingly complex but rousing counterpoint.

BWW Review: FOREVER PLAID is Heavenly at Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret
November 15, 2019

The line between parody and nostalgia has never been slimmer than in this slick, funny and beautifully sung production of America's weirdest favorite show.

BWW Review: BUBBLE BOY Is Low-Budget, Scrappy Fun at Arcade Comedy Theater
September 21, 2019

None of us will likely ever get to see Starkid live, but Acade Comedy Theater's loose-limbed musical farce is the next best thing.

BWW Review: THE LION KING is an Old Cat, but a Good One, at Benedum Center
September 15, 2019

I can't quite explain why this is the most successful musical of all time, but I can't deny that it works.

BWW Review: Pittsburgh CLO's ROCK OF AGES at Benedum Center Is (Almost) Just Like Paradise
July 25, 2019

Leave your thinking caps and your good taste at home. Just go for the hairspray-scented ride, people.

BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at ST VINCENT SUMMER THEATRE
July 5, 2019

Though a part of me misses the annual summer farce usually staged at this time, it's hard to fault Gregg Brandt for staging one of the most crowd-pleasing musicals of all time

BWW Review: Pittsburgh CLO's GREASE Is Still the Word at Benedum Center
June 16, 2019

Though the actual libretto is long past its expiration date, there's no denying that this nostalgic throwback is a great musical revue if nothing else.

BWW Review: BILLY KIDD: BRIDGING THE GAP Fuses Magic, Comedy, Surrealism at Liberty Magic
June 13, 2019

It's something of a cliche to compare magicians to Harry Potter, especially youthful, energetic British ones. Luckily, Billy Kidd bears no resemblance whatsoever to the fabled boy wizard; no, she's more of a female Daniel Radcliffe. (Anyone who has seen Radcliffe in ANYTHING other than his most famous role knows the kind of joyfully off-kilter blend of enthusiasm and weirdness this comparison should bring to mind.) Headlining at the Cultural Trust's Liberty Magic cabaret theatre, Billy Kidd manages to fuse sleight of hand, comedy and theatre into something unique and unforgettable.

BWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Tour Is So Big/So Small
May 29, 2019

Pasek and Paul's teen musical sensation has style, substance and a great cast, though the score is sometimes a little generic.

BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT Is Farcical Fun at Prime Stage
May 9, 2019

It's the Bard more or less as you know and love him... but with a dash of Jerry Lewis.

BWW Review: A DOLL'S HOUSE PART 2 Goes Round in Circles at Pittsburgh Public
March 20, 2019

Henrik Ibsen's characters go HBO mumblecore in this electric reimagining of the classic melodrama.

BWW Review: Crime Only Sometimes Pays in Split Stage's BONNIE AND CLYDE
February 15, 2019

This Frank Wildhorn crime romp is a quirky production of an imperfect show, but buoyed by solid, charismatic and untraditional performances from the central duo.

BWW Feature: It's Valentine's Weekend in Pittsburgh! Go See a Show!
February 12, 2019

With the weekend of romance upon us, here are some shows you might want to attend- plus the restaurant option that best suits each event.



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