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Inside dish on interviews, editorials, events listings, musings from the minds of BV’s contributors, viewer mail, and other bits of fabulousness — It all goes into The Shaker, ‘Burgh Vivant’s bacchanalian bulletin board. Saddle up to the bar, and get ready for another round of what’s shakin’!

Love, Labor and Loss – a review of “Shakespeare’s Will”

  By Michael “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant On the night of his funeral, Anne Hathaway (Sheila McKenna) recounts her love, labors and her losses in Vern Thiessen’s “Shakespeare’s Will.” She tells the tale of meeting young William Shakespeare, her future husband, at the fair in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the town where the two grew up. She details… Read more »

Hail to thee, Blithe Spirit – a review of “Blithe Spirit”

By Michael “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant The Condomines are hosting an unusual dinner party. Charles (Eric Leslie) and Ruth (Stacey Rosleck) have invited the Dr. & Mrs. Bradman (Rick Bryant and Aleta Richmond) and the eccentric Madame Arcati (Ina Block) to hold a séance in Noël Coward’s “Blithe Spirit.” Charles, a skeptic, is researching mediums… Read more »

Fleeced – a review of “Not Medea”

By Michael “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh In 431 B.C., Euripides shocked theater-goers in Athens with a sympathetic portrayal of one of Greece’s great mythological characters, Medea, a woman who decides to enact vengeance after her husband spurns her for another woman. But playwright Allison Gregory revisits this story in a unique and unusual way in “Not… Read more »

Inked in Blood – a review of “Evil Dead: The Musical”

by Tiffany Raymond, ‘Burgh Vivant  Pittsburgh Musical Theater brings “Evil Dead: The Musical” to life – or is that to death? “Evil Dead: The Musical” (book and lyrics by George Reinblatt) was first performed in 2003. It’s an amalgamation of the four-film series written and directed by Sam Raimi, which spanned 1978 to 1992. Not… Read more »

Opposites attack – a review of “True West”

By Tiffany Raymond, ‘Burgh Vivant In a city where people are oddly resistant to crossing bridges, it’s easy to wonder if a drive to Braddock for theater is worth your time. Barebones Productions unequivocally affirms the answer is a resounding “Yes!” with their newest production, Sam Shepard’s “True West.” Their Black Box Theater is an… Read more »

Soap Opera on Steroids – A review of “A Comedy of Tenors”

By Claire DeMarco, ‘Burgh Vivant Add three tenors, one wife, two girlfriends, and a hotel bellhop who sings. Multiply misunderstandings, mistaken identities, assumed infidelities. Divide loyalties among friends and partners. Subtract any semblance of sanity. And you have a formula for disaster in Ken Ludwig’s zany “A Comedy of Tenors!!!” In 1936, Henry Saunders (Dewayne… Read more »