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Welcome to the ‘Burgh Vivant archives. Here you can scroll through years of features and commentary on Pittsburgh arts & culture. Or search by keyword for segments on a particular company, organization, artist, restaurant, event, or performance.

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’!

Return, Forgetful Muse – a review of “Welcome to Moonside”

By Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant Dusk (Anna Failla) and Dawn (Saige Smith) have come with dire warnings for the Earth and beyond in Sean Collier’s “Welcome to Moonside,” an immersive theater piece staged inside the former Lava Lounge in the Southside. The aforementioned ghosts, Dusk and Dawn, whisk a select group of humans (i.e…. Read more »

French Exposures – a review of Tartuffe

Tiffany Raymond, ‘Burgh Vivant We sometimes assume classic theatre, by virtue of its age, will be stodgy or dated. However, Cup-A-Jo’s skillfully executed production of Moliere’s 1664 French satire, “Tartuffe” (adapted by Richard Wilbur), reminds us that in the right hands, the classics are just as fresh as any contemporary play. “Tartuffe” follows the wiles… Read more »

7 with Sue: JILL SOBULE

by Sue Kerr, ‘Burgh Vivant.     Welcome to the second edition of Seven with Sue, a Q&A series with local creators and artists. Each edition will ask seven questions (plus demographics) exploring the creator’s experience and views on all things arts and culture in Pittsburgh. The questions are crafted by our in-house Q&A contributor, Sue… Read more »

Salutations Dolores – a review of “Hello Dolly!”

By Claire DeMarco, ‘Burgh Vivant Dolly Gallagher Levi (Betty Buckley) is a middle-aged widow.  She supports herself in a myriad of ways but most importantly as a matchmaker in “Hello Dolly.” She likes to say she meddles in other peoples’ affairs but one might say she surpasses that adjective and progresses to “Budinski-level.” Her current… Read more »

Death and Lottery Numbers – a review of “Everybody”

by Tiffany Raymond, ‘Burgh Vivant  Vince Ventura and the folks at 12 Peers Theater uphold their mission to produce experimental work with their newest production, playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist, “Everybody.” There’s experimental, and there’s experimental done well. Any theatergoer knows that Venn diagram doesn’t always overlap.  As a production company, 12 Peers… Read more »

A Bud That Didn’t Bloom – a review of “Spring Awakening”

by Claire DeMarco, ‘Burgh Vivant Everybody has issues, especially a group of young adolescents in late 19th century Germany in rock opera retelling of Frank Wedekind’s “Spring Awakening.” Wendla (Victoria Buchtan) is curious about where babies come from.  Her mother (Barbara Burgess-Lefbevre, playing multiple roles) avoids the question, coming up with an innocuous explanation that… Read more »

Suicide is painless – a review of “‘night Mother”

Tiffany Raymond, ‘Burgh Vivant Marsha Norman’s 1978 Pulitzer Prize winning play, “‘night Mother,” recently crested its 40th birthday, and while some details are inevitably dated, the play’s themes are still relevant today. It’s a dark family drama centered on a middle-aged daughter, Jessie (Briauna Brownfield), a divorcee living with her aging mother, Thelma (Samantha A…. Read more »