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BWW Review: It's Roctober at the Benedum with SCHOOL OF ROCK BWW Review: It's Roctober at the Benedum with SCHOOL OF ROCK
by Dylan Shaffer - 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 ba... (more...)
BWW Review: EQUUS Isn't Horsing Around at Pittsburgh Public BWW Review: EQUUS Isn't Horsing Around at Pittsburgh Public
by Greg Kerestan - October 10, 2017

Peter Shaffer's genre-busting psychodrama gets a bracing production, featuring a revelatory change of pace by Daniel Krell.... (more...)
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...
by Greg Kerestan - October 04, 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, fe... (more...)
BWW Review: Front Porch Theatrical's BIG FISH Makes a Major Splash BWW Review: Front Porch Theatrical's BIG FISH Makes a Major Splash
by Dylan Shaffer - 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Jams Out at the Benedum BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Jams Out at the Benedum
by Dylan Shaffer - August 09, 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 L... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: My Way Tributes Sinatra at St. Vincent BWW REVIEW: My Way Tributes Sinatra at St. Vincent
by Greg Kerestan - August 08, 2017

Classy, frothy, smooth and swingin', this Sinatra revue feels like a cruise ship nightclub show in the best possible way.... (more...)
BWW Review: CLO's NEWSIES Out and On a Mission BWW Review: CLO's NEWSIES Out and On a Mission
by Dylan Shaffer - 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 paperbo... (more...)
BWW Review: SEE HOW THEY RUN at St. Vincent Continues a Beloved Summer Tradition BWW Review: SEE HOW THEY RUN at St. Vincent Continues a Beloved Summer Tradition
by Greg Kerestan - July 13, 2017

If you've ever wondered what a farce by Agatha Christie would be like, St. Vincent's annual summer farce will satisfy your curiosity- not to mention showcase all the local favorites in their triumphant returns.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: IN THE HEIGHTS Exudes Hot Caribbean Flair BWW REVIEW: IN THE HEIGHTS Exudes Hot Caribbean Flair
by Dylan Shaffer - 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: MISS ABIGAIL'S GUIDE Blends Laughs with Love at CLO Cabaret BWW Review: MISS ABIGAIL'S GUIDE Blends Laughs with Love at CLO Cabaret
by Greg Kerestan - July 06, 2017

In lesser hands, this Off-Broadway two-hander would be nothing but a long comedy sketch. But the never-a-dull-moment CLO Cabaret and a bona fide triple threat celebrity wring gold and unexpected emotional depth from the lightweight piece.... (more...)
BWW Review: Blasphemy is Fun in AN ACT OF GOD at Pittsburgh Public BWW Review: Blasphemy is Fun in AN ACT OF GOD at Pittsburgh Public
by Greg Kerestan - June 28, 2017

Marcus Stevens finally finds a role he can truly sink his teeth into, in this fluffy but unexpectedly dark Biblical farce.... (more...)
BWW Review: Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID Makes a Splash BWW Review: Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID Makes a Splash
by Dylan Shaffer - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and Pittsburgh BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and Pittsburgh
by Dylan Shaffer - June 03, 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE? Mines Humor, Heartbreak at St. Vincent BWW Review: WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE? Mines Humor, Heartbreak at St. Vincent
by Greg Kerestan - May 30, 2017

When the tunes are this infectious and the cast this endearing, little things like plot and characterization are secondary concerns.... (more...)
BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING Steams Up Heinz Hall BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING Steams Up Heinz Hall
by Dylan Shaffer - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: TARZAN at PMT Anchored by Strong Performances, Lots of Rope BWW Review: TARZAN at PMT Anchored by Strong Performances, Lots of Rope
by Greg Kerestan - May 10, 2017

Disney's jungle tuner is all about stunts and spectacle, and PMT's production delivers both, with some spectacular singing thrown in.... (more...)
BWW Review: 4.48 PSYCHOSIS Haunts Carnegie Stage BWW Review: 4.48 PSYCHOSIS Haunts Carnegie Stage
by Dylan Shaffer - May 08, 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... (more...)
BWW Review: Binge-Watching DEATH OF A SALESMAN at Pittsburgh Public BWW Review: Binge-Watching DEATH OF A SALESMAN at Pittsburgh Public
by Greg Kerestan - May 02, 2017

As blasphemous as it sounds, Arthur Miller's classic American tragedy is almost as good as peak television.... (more...)
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: MEDEA Finds Reality Amidst Shadows and Sprites at Seton Hill BWW Review: MEDEA Finds Reality Amidst Shadows and Sprites at Seton Hill
by Greg Kerestan - April 05, 2017

Parsing the real from the unreal, and the cathartic from the callous, makes Melissa Hill Grande's production of the Greek tragedy a unique, almost interactive, viewing experience.... (more...)
BWW Review: DADDY LONG LEGS Blends the Sweet and Strange at Pittsburgh Public BWW Review: DADDY LONG LEGS Blends the Sweet and Strange at Pittsburgh Public
by Greg Kerestan - March 22, 2017

A fantastic directorial interpretation and a dazzling cast bring lightness and charm to a deeply unusual, almost unbalanced, romantic comedy.... (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: A Practically Perfect TWELFTH NIGHT at Pittsburgh Public BWW Review: A Practically Perfect TWELFTH NIGHT at Pittsburgh Public
by Greg Kerestan - February 09, 2017

Shakespeare's remix of his own work gets masterfully refitted as full-on farce in Ted Pappas's production.... (more...)