The Vivant Vault

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: BOEING BOEING, Pittsburgh CLO


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“A first class flight that never loses altitude” says Lonnie The Theatre Lady of Pittsburgh CLO’s latest production BOEING BOEING, playing through April 26th at the CLO Cabaret. Catch the review here, PLUS – scorpions on a plane!

Review: DOG IN THE MANGER, University of Pittsburgh Stages


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Nancy’s back on ‘Burgh Vivant with her thoughts on DOG IN THE MANGER at University of Pittsburgh Stages, playing through February 22nd, www.play.pitt.edu. Just what is a “skookum” production? Find out here!

Review: A CHASTE MAID IN CHEAPSIDE, Duquesne Red Masquers


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How many times can we say “hilarious?”  Nancy unravels the plot of Duquesne Red Masquers’ A CHASTE MAID IN CHEAPSIDE, by Thomas Middleton, directed by John Lane, playing through February 14, www.duqredmasquers.com.  A hilarious review with hilarious outtakes (and poor Kate Hepburn!).

Review: BRAHMAN/I, Quantum Theatre


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‘Burgh Vivant’s Lonnie The Theatre Lady discusses BRAHMAN/I from Quantum Theatre, by Aditi Brennan Kapil, playing through February 22, www.quantumtheatre.com

Review: MY FAIR LADY, Pittsburgh Public Theater


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“My EXCELLENT Lady” – Our fair Theatre Lady, Lonnie Jantsch and Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli discuss Pittsburgh Public Theater’s MY FAIR LADY, directed by Ted Pappas, playing through February 22, 2015.

Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID, Pittsburgh Musical Theater


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Lonnie The Theatre Lady and Nancy Mimless team up for a trip “under the sea” to talk about Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, playing through February 1st at The Byham Theater. www.pittsburghmusicals.com

Review: OR, Off The Wall Productions


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“A perfectly timed, hilariously executed farce” says ‘Burgh Vivant’s Lonnie the Theatre Lady of OR by Liz Duffy Adams, directed by John Shepard, playing through January 10 at Off The Wall Productions, www.insideoffthewall.com Watch and listen to the review here and let us know what YOU think!

Review: GREAT EXPECTATIONS, PICT Classic Theatre


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PICT Classic Theatre puts the “great” in GREAT EXPECTATIONS, according to ‘Burgh Vivant’s Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli. Catch his review here and GREAT EXPECTATIONS at PICT Classic Theatre through December 20th, 2014. AND – who else do we know besides Ms. Havisham who’s been wearing the same outfit for years??

Review: STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Barebones Productions


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Lonnie The Theatre Lady gives us her best “Stellaaaa!” and her review of STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE from Barebones Productions, playing at The New Hazlett Theater through December 6th, 2014. www.barebonesproductions.com

Review: EVITA, Stage 62


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No crying for Argentina! Nancy Mimless stops in for cocktail hour to sing about EVITA, at Stage 62 through November 23rd. www.stage62.com