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Reviews & Features

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.

‘Burgh Vivant’s growing network of contributors brings you their reviews and features of Pittsburgh’s cultural events, performances, restaurants, and more! See the video highlights here, or follow the links to “The Full Martini” for a fabulous full-length edition of each review, uncensored and uncut. Have a review of your own? Give us your critiques in the comments section!

Review: CRY IT OUT, City Theatre


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Tonight, Burgh Vivants Lonnie the Theater Lady and Brian Edward discuss CRY IT OUT by Molly Smith Metzler, directed by Kim Weild, performing at City Theatre through March 22, 2020. For tickets and more information, visit www.citytheatrecompany.org

Review: THE WOLVES, Conservatory Theatre Company, Pittsburgh Playhouse


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Lonnie the Theater Lady stops in for a cocktail and a chat about the “sometimes tense, completely riveting” production of THE WOLVES, by Sarah DeLappe, directed by Rachel Stevens, at the Conservatory Theatre Company of Pittsburgh Playhouse. THE WOLVES continues through March 8, 2020. Tickets and more information here.

Review: HAIR, Pittsburgh Musical Theater


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Lonnie the Theater Lady is back on ‘Burgh Vivant tonight to talk about Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s “thoroughly enjoyable, nearly perfect production” of HAIR, directed by Ken Gargaro, performing through February 2, 2020. For tickets and more information, visit www.pittsburghmusicals.com 

Review: THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Arcade Comedy Theater


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A “quirky, unexpected” take on Christmas is Arcade Comedy Theater’s production of THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS according to Lonnie the Theater Lady. Written by Anthony Neilson and directed by Jethro Nolen, THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS continues through December 21, 2019. For tickets and more information, visit www.arcadecomedytheater.com

Review: FOREVER PLAID, Pittsburgh CLO


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“A lighthearted, nostalgic stroll down memory lane:” Lonnie the Theater Lady talks Pittsburgh CLO’s FOREVER PLAID, performing at the Greer Cabaret Theater through December 29th. For tickets or more information, visit www.pittsburghclo.org. 

Review: CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, City Theatre


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Lonnie the Theater Lady rocks out to CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, by Lauren Yee, directed by Marti Lyons, performing at City Theatre through October 6, 2019. For tickets and more information, visit www.citytheatrecompany.org

Review: GEM OF THE OCEAN, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company


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Lonnie the Theater Lady is back on ‘Burgh Vivant tonight to talk about Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company’s production of GEM OF THE OCEAN, by August Wilson, directed by Andrea Frye, and presented in association with the August Wilson House. The production continues through September 22, 2019. For tickets and more information, visit www.pghplaywrights.org   

Review: FUN HOME, Front Porch Theatricals


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There’s plenty to unpack about Front Porch Theatricals’ production of FUN HOME – and Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli and Brian Edward are on it.  Adapted from the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, directed by Spencer Whale, FUN HOME continues at The New Hazlett Theater through August 25, 2019. For tickets and more information, visit www.frontporchpgh.com 

Review: CABARET, Little Lake Theatre


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Lonnie the Theater Lady and ‘Burgh Vivant host Brian Edward reminisce about the decadent Kit Kat Club over martinis and discuss CABARET at Little Lake Theatre through August 25th, directed by Art DeConciliis. For tickets and more information, visit www.littlelake.org. 

Review: LOOKING FOR VIOLETA, Quantum Theatre


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A “beautiful, moving, powerful world premiere” – Lonnie the Theater Lady talks Quantum Theatre’s LOOKING FOR VIOLETA, performing through August 25, 2019. For tickets and more information, visit www.quantumtheatre.com