The Vivant Vault

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.

Review – COMPANY, Pittsburgh Public Theater


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Lonnie The Theatre Lady is in good COMPANY in this review with ‘Burgh Vivant cohort Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli – or is she?  The work of one individual in particular may be what sets these two ‘Burgh Vivants apart – and his initials are Stephen Sondheim!  COMPANY, directed by Ted Pappas, plays through February 23rd at… Read more »

Review – UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL, 12 Peers Theater


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“An enthralling performance” unfolds UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL, playing through February 26th at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater, produced by 12 Peers Theater.  Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli and Lonnie The Theater Lady weigh in on the intricate journey crafted by actor Randy Kovitz that spans the globe and is described as an “existential detective story.” 

Review: SHREK THE MUSICAL, Pittsburgh Musical Theater


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Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli and Lonnie The Theatre Lady discuss SHREK THE MUSICAL from Pittsburgh Musical Theater, playing at The Byham Theater through February 16th.

COLLEEN PETRUCCI – General Manager & Conservatory Director, Pittsburgh Musical Theater


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Pittsburgh Musical Theater opens 2014 with SHREK THE MUSICAL this weekend at The Byham!  So what better time to get acquainted with PMT’s General Manager and Conservatory Director, Colleen Petrucci!  Learn what brought this musical maven to her post at PMT, get a peek at the company’s season line-up, and an inside look at PMT’s… Read more »

Review – MADAGASCAR, Quantum Theatre (1/31 – 2/16/14)


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“A puzzle… riveting!” says ‘Burgh Vivant Michael ‘Buzz” Buzzelli of Quantum Theatre’s latest production MADAGASCAR by J.T. Rogers, directed by Sheila McKenna.  Buzz and Lonnie the Theatre Lady review the mysteries (and the marble!) that this unique play offers.  MADAGASCAR stars Helena Ruoti, Larry John Meyers, and Melinda Helfrich – and who has the distinction… Read more »

Preview – First Season Menu 2014, LIDIA’S ITALY PITTSBURGH


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LIDIA’S ITALY PITTSBURGH provided a feast for the senses last week with the premiere of its FIRST SEASON MENU 2014 – the first season being spring.  And hey, who isn’t optimistic that it will be here soon?  But for sumptuous flavors that comfort in the cold and give a nod to warmer times ahead you… Read more »

JOHN SHEPARD, Director, Actor, Professor – Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse


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This week on ‘Burgh Vivant we’re talking HEADS with director John Shepard!  HEADS opens Jan 31st and plays through Feb 16th, produced by The REP at Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse. John also discusses his career in Pittsburgh and approach to teaching directing.  Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete, unedited interview in audio… Read more »

Preview: MADAGASCAR, Quantum Theatre (1/31 – 2/16)


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Director Sheila McKenna gives a sneak peek into the mysteries of MADAGASCAR, on set at the Carlyle building, downtown Pittsburgh, opening January 31st and playing through February 16th, produced by Quantum Theatre.  

RANDY KOVITZ – Actor, Fight Choreographer, Writer, Director


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To simply state that this week’s guest Randy Kovitz is an actor doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of this dynamic artist.  I addition to being a writer, director, and fight choreographer, he’s performed in numerous stage works on Broadway and beyond, film and television in Los Angeles, yet he may just love Pittsburgh… Read more »

Review – THE MOUNTAINTOP, City Theatre (1/18 – 2/9)


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Exciting, evocative, emotionally impactful… just a few words used by ‘Burgh Vivant’s resident reviewers Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli and Lonnie the Theatre Lady to describe City Theatre’s current production of THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall, directed by Peter Flynn.  Though they may disagree on the theme, they most certainly agree on the quality of this theatrical… Read more »