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Review: Pittsburgh CLO's THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Produces an Unexpected Understudy at Be Photo Review: Pittsburgh CLO's THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Produces an Unexpected Understudy at Benedum Center
by Greg Kerestan - June 29, 2022

What did our critic think? This 'good musical about a bad musical' is full of surprises, and none greater than the Saturday matinee....
Review: NUNSENSE Proves a Hard Habit to Break at Saint Vincent Summer Theater Photo Review: NUNSENSE Proves a Hard Habit to Break at Saint Vincent Summer Theater
by Greg Kerestan - June 18, 2022

It may be a product of its time, but what a surprisingly weird, subversive show it can be....
BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES Burns Down the House at The Lamp Theater Photo BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES Burns Down the House at The Lamp Theater
by Greg Kerestan - June 14, 2022

What did our critic think? Split Stage continues to provide a haven for adult-oriented semi-pro theatre. The plot, overly convoluted by design, parodies eighties movie comedies with a 'let's save the rock venue' stream of cliches that get mercilessly savaged. Wannabe rocker Drew (Gabe DeRose) can't ...
BWW Review: BITES AND PINTS FESTIVAL Returns Live Music and Delicious Food to Kennywo Photo BWW Review: BITES AND PINTS FESTIVAL Returns Live Music and Delicious Food to Kennywood Park
by Greg Kerestan - June 14, 2022

What did our critic think? There are a few cultural institutions in the Pittsburgh area of which I'm not just a supporter, I'm an outright stan. Chief among these are the Pittsburgh CLO summer season, the annual farce at Saint Vincent Summer Theatre (more on that later this week), and the Bites and ...
BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS Sings Tight, Sweet Harmony at Benedum Center Photo BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS Sings Tight, Sweet Harmony at Benedum Center
by Greg Kerestan - June 09, 2022

Des McAnuff's once-revolutionary 'biopic musical' is still the best in its genre....
BWW Review: AIN'T TOO PROUD at Benedum Center Rocks the House Photo BWW Review: AIN'T TOO PROUD at Benedum Center Rocks the House
by Greg Kerestan - May 22, 2022

Des McAnuff's slick docudrama production style may not be anything new, but it still works like a charm....
BWW Review: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Blends Comedy and Crime at Pittsburgh Public Photo BWW Review: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Blends Comedy and Crime at Pittsburgh Public Theater
by Greg Kerestan - April 27, 2022

Ken Ludwig's farce-mystery hybrid works much better than you'd imagine....
BWW Review: HAMILTON at Benedum Center Photo BWW Review: HAMILTON at Benedum Center
by Greg Kerestan - February 28, 2022

At this point, writing a review of Lin-Manuel Miranda's almost infamously popular hip-hop musical feels redudant. It's Hamilton, people. Go see it....
BWW Review: PRETTY WOMAN Makes Dreams Come True at Benedum Center Photo BWW Review: PRETTY WOMAN Makes Dreams Come True at Benedum Center
by Greg Kerestan - February 03, 2022

It may not be a musical anyone especially asked for, but a winning cast and some splashy production makes this one a winner anyway....
BWW Review: OKLAHOMA! Shakes Up Expectations at Benedum Center Photo BWW Review: OKLAHOMA! Shakes Up Expectations at Benedum Center
by Greg Kerestan - January 06, 2022

You owe it to yourself to see the most divisive musical of the year... or maybe of the decade....
BWW Review: AN UNTITLED NEW PLAY BY JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE at City Theatre and THE THANKSG Photo BWW Review: AN UNTITLED NEW PLAY BY JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE at City Theatre and THE THANKSGIVING PLAY at Arcade Comedy Theater Sing the Praises of the Dramaturge
by Greg Kerestan - December 13, 2021

Pop culture is full of paeans to the composer or the playwright; just this past fall, Andrew Garfield starred in Tick Tick... Boom! on Netflix as the young Jonathan Larson. But outside of insider tell-alls, there's not a lot of focus on the behind the scenes creatives of the theatrical world, especi...
BWW Review: SUMMER at Benedum Center brings back the 'Last Dance' of the Disco Era Photo BWW Review: SUMMER at Benedum Center brings back the 'Last Dance' of the Disco Era
by Greg Kerestan - November 19, 2021

While I have my music-nerd quibbles, this is pretty damn good for a non-union touring production....
BWW Review: SLOW FOOD at Pittsburgh Public Theater is Sartre Meets Seinfeld in a Gree Photo BWW Review: SLOW FOOD at Pittsburgh Public Theater is Sartre Meets Seinfeld in a Greek Restaurant
by Greg Kerestan - October 14, 2021

Hell is other people's favorite restaurant in Wendy MacLeod's quirky date-night comedy....
BWW Review: A BROADWAY CELEBRATION Brings the Music Back at Heinz Field Photo BWW Review: A BROADWAY CELEBRATION Brings the Music Back at Heinz Field
by Greg Kerestan - July 24, 2021

It's hard to argue with the line-up for Pittsburgh CLO's star-studded concert anniversary....
BWW Review: PIXELATED Rocks the BITES AND PINTS FESTIVAL at Kennywood Park Photo BWW Review: PIXELATED Rocks the BITES AND PINTS FESTIVAL at Kennywood Park
by Greg Kerestan - June 30, 2021

You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone, and that includes live event entertainers at your local theme park....
BWW Review: THE CATASTROPHIST at City Theatre Blurs Genres and Experiments with Perce Photo BWW Review: THE CATASTROPHIST at City Theatre Blurs Genres and Experiments with Perception
by Greg Kerestan - April 07, 2021

Part play, part TED Talk, and part experimental film, Lauren M. Gunderson blends biography, science and fiction into a heady brew....
BWW Review: SOME ENCHANTED EVENING from Pittsburgh Festival Opera Photo BWW Review: SOME ENCHANTED EVENING from Pittsburgh Festival Opera
by Maria Nockin - February 15, 2021

On February 14, 2021, Valentine’s Day, Pittsburgh Festival Opera presented seven singers in a romantic concert entitled Some Enchanted Evening.  James Lesniak and Robert Frankenberg provided thoughtful and supportive piano accompaniment and Festival Opera Board members added charming love stories....
BWW Review: WILD at Quantum Theatre May Be Dated, But It's Not Outdated Photo BWW Review: WILD at Quantum Theatre May Be Dated, But It's Not Outdated
by Greg Kerestan - December 03, 2020

Sure, this espionage thriller may be treading old ground, but that's just because nothing has changed....
BWW Review: Manual Cinema's FRANKENSTEIN at City Theatre Is The World's Artsiest Driv Photo BWW Review: Manual Cinema's FRANKENSTEIN at City Theatre Is The World's Artsiest Drive-In Movie
by Greg Kerestan - October 06, 2020

Is it a play? Is it a movie? Is it a dance show? Who cares, it's 'Frankenstein!'...
BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT to Pittsburgh Proves Music's Power Photo BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT to Pittsburgh Proves Music's Power
by Dylan Shaffer - March 11, 2020

As a universal language, music can cross cultures, borders, and time. The Band's Visit does just that, capturing the power of music and sharing its unyielding effects on love with a Pittsburgh audience....
BWW Review: Prime Stage's THE OUTSIDERS Stays Golden at the New Hazlett Photo BWW Review: Prime Stage's THE OUTSIDERS Stays Golden at the New Hazlett
by Greg Kerestan - March 09, 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 The Photo BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Makes for Wintry Summer Fun at PICT Classic Theatre
by Greg Kerestan - 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 Photo BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL Is Sadly Still Relevant at Split Stage
by Greg Kerestan - 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 vi...
BWW Review: The Heat is on in MISS SAIGON Photo BWW Review: The Heat is on in MISS SAIGON
by Dylan Shaffer - February 06, 2020

How quickly can you fall in love? Can these emotions be distinguished as true love or are they lust and infatuation disguised as such?...
BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Pittsburgh Public Theatre Doesn't Reinvent, But Photo BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Pittsburgh Public Theatre Doesn't Reinvent, But Doesn't Have To
by Greg Kerestan - February 03, 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....