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 – ROCKY HORROR SHOW, Brisbane Management Group (10/16-10/31)


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It’s that time of year again: Pumpkin flavored vodka and Rocky Horror.  ‘Burgh Vivant contributor Andy Coleman discusses a very original take on this cult classic, presented by Brisbane Management, and directed by Lisa Ann Goldsmith, with musical direction by Lisa Harrier.  We hope your leather dominatrix boots are made for walkin,’ because this particular… Read more »

Review – VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, City Theatre (10/12-11/3)


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By the end of this review, you will know these names and the order in which to say them!  Lonnie the Theater Lady gives her take on the 2013 Tony Award-winning play VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, by Christopher Durang, directed by Tracy Brigden, playing at City Theatre Oct. 12th – Nov. 3rd…. Read more »

VIRGINIA WALL GRUENERT – Artistic Director, Off The Wall Productions


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Get a peek inside Off The Wall, Pittsburgh’s Regional Theater Company!  Artistic Director Virginia Wall Gruenert reveals the origins of Off The Wall Productions, and her inspirations as an actress and playwright.  Impressed?  Intrigued?  See this dynamic company in action with its production of “The Zero Hour” by Madeleine George, directed by Robyne Parrish, Oct… Read more »

JAMES MICHAEL SHOBERG – Artistic Director, Rage of the Stage Players


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Rage of the Stage Players has its own special tassel on the edge of Pittsburgh fringe theatre, and this week Artistic Director James Michael Shoberg puts back a martini with host Brian Edward and reveals what special qualities set Rage apart from the rest. PLUS – get an inside look at the upcoming premiere of… Read more »

REVIEW: “Accomplice” – Little Lake Theatre Company


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Who doesn’t love a good british murder farce?  Lonnie stops by the ‘Burgh Vivant bar to share her thoughts on “Accomplice,” the riotous comedy now playing at Little Lake Theatre.  She tries her best not to reveal any of the play’s many surprises, but dishes plenty on playwright Rupert Holmes.  “Accomplice” runs through Oct. 12th… Read more »

REVIEW: “Our Town,” Pittsburgh Public Theater


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Lonnie “the theater lady” shares her thoughts on “Our Town,” performing Sept 26 through Oct 27 at Pittsburgh Public Theatre, directed by Ted Pappas.  No single script has plagued Lonnie’s extensive theater-going history more than this well-known American classic.  Will the Public’s production change her tune?

JOE WOS – Executive Director & Founder, ToonSeum


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We all want to be Snoopy, but most of us are just scraping by as Charlie Brown. This week on ‘Burgh Vivant, Executive director and founder of Pittsburgh’s ToonSuem Joe Wos describes how cartoons reflect all of us – the good, the bad, and the funny. Find out why our fair city is the birthplace… Read more »

MICHAEL BUZZELLI – Author, Comedian, Columnist

MICHAEL BUZZELLI - Comedian, Author, Columnist

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The laughs are inevitable as comedian and author Michael Buzzelli sits down for a cocktail to promote his new book and discuss the mechanics of humor. It’s one of ‘Burgh Vivant’s most riotous interviews to date! Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete unedited interview in podcast to catch all the hilarity including Mike’s… Read more »