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BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET! A Standing Ovation to Start CLO's Summer Season BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET! A Standing Ovation to Start CLO's Summer Season
by Dylan Shaffer - 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GREAT GATSBY Goes Melodrama at Heritage Players BWW Review: THE GREAT GATSBY Goes Melodrama at Heritage Players
by Greg Kerestan - June 01, 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: Say Hello to HARVEY at St. Vincent BWW Review: Say Hello to HARVEY at St. Vincent
by Greg Kerestan - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: And They're Off! Front Porch Theatricals Kicks Off Summer Season with A NEW BRAIN BWW Review: And They're Off! Front Porch Theatricals Kicks Off Summer Season with A NEW BRAIN
by Dylan Shaffer - 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 lateā€¦before he needs A New Brai... (more...)
BWW Review: CINDERELLA is A Lovely Night at Heinz Hall BWW Review: CINDERELLA is A Lovely Night at Heinz Hall
by Dylan Shaffer - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: CLO's PERFECT WEDDING Rings Comedy Bells BWW Review: CLO's PERFECT WEDDING Rings Comedy Bells
by Dylan Shaffer - 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."... (more...)
BWW Review: HAMLET Amps Up the Antic Disposition at Pittsburgh Public BWW Review: HAMLET Amps Up the Antic Disposition at Pittsburgh Public
by Greg Kerestan - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WHITE CHIP White-Knuckles Towards Sobriety at City Theatre BWW Review: THE WHITE CHIP White-Knuckles Towards Sobriety at City Theatre
by Greg Kerestan - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: JANE EYRE Steps In and Out of Darkness at PICT BWW Review: JANE EYRE Steps In and Out of Darkness at PICT
by Greg Kerestan - April 13, 2018

Alan Stanford's masterful adaptation of an often-grim Bronte novel balances melodrama with humanity, horror with levity.... (more...)
BWW Review: UP AND AWAY Sweetly Skewers Superheroes at CLO Cabaret BWW Review: UP AND AWAY Sweetly Skewers Superheroes at CLO Cabaret
by Greg Kerestan - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: 'You'll See' RENT At Heinz Hall this Week BWW Review: 'You'll See' RENT At Heinz Hall this Week
by Dylan Shaffer - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: HEISENBERG Teases Profundity at Pittsbugh Public BWW Review: HEISENBERG Teases Profundity at Pittsbugh Public
by Greg Kerestan - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: WAITRESS Flips the Script at the Benedum BWW Review: WAITRESS Flips the Script at the Benedum
by Greg Kerestan - March 08, 2018

Even without big-name stars, 'Waitress' proves itself to be the right show at the right time.... (more...)
BWW Review: WAITRESS, a Delicious Treat for the Senses BWW Review: WAITRESS, a Delicious Treat for the Senses
by Dylan Shaffer - March 07, 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 Jenn... (more...)
BWW Review: Deborah Cox is Queen of the Night in THE BODYGUARD BWW Review: Deborah Cox is Queen of the Night in THE BODYGUARD
by Dylan Shaffer - March 02, 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 theat... (more...)
BWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Raises the Dead at Pittsburgh Public BWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Raises the Dead at Pittsburgh Public
by Greg Kerestan - February 06, 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: WICKED Proudly Presents Autism-Friendly Performance in Pittsburgh BWW Review: WICKED Proudly Presents Autism-Friendly Performance in Pittsburgh
by Dylan Shaffer - February 05, 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 Pit... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ABSLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY Walks a Tightrope at City Theatre BWW Review: THE ABSLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY Walks a Tightrope at City Theatre
by Greg Kerestan - February 01, 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.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Learn to See 'The Beauty Underneath' in LOVE NEVER DIES at the Benedum BWW Review: Learn to See 'The Beauty Underneath' in LOVE NEVER DIES at the Benedum
by Dylan Shaffer - January 04, 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, l... (more...)
BWW Review: THE HUMANS Gets Weird on Multiple Levels at Pittsburgh Public BWW Review: THE HUMANS Gets Weird on Multiple Levels at Pittsburgh Public
by Greg Kerestan - 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: Chekh... (more...)
BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE Raises Voices and Spirits at the Benedum BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE Raises Voices and Spirits at the Benedum
by Dylan Shaffer - 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, sup... (more...)
BWW Review: XANADU Does at the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret BWW Review: XANADU Does at the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret
by Dylan Shaffer - 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.... (more...)
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...)