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.

VIRGINIA WALL GRUENERT – Artistic Director, Off The Wall Productions

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 »

REVIEW: “Our Town,” Pittsburgh Public Theater

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?

Ben Dunigan – Curator of Horticulture, Phipps Conservatory

The “post-mortem” on Phipps Conservatory’s rare CORPSE FLOWER!  ‘Burgh Vivant host Brian Edward catches up with Phipps Curator of Horticulture, Ben Dunigan during the Corpse Flower’s ultra-limited once-per-decade 48 hour bloom period.  If you missed it, catch the exotic plant in action here – as well as the scoop on the flower’s unique attributes, horror… Read more »