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: THE TROJAN WOMEN: A LOVE STORY, Carnegie Mellon School of Drama


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Nancy’s back on the “BV” for a martini and a discussion on THE TROJAN WOMEN: A LOVE STORY, playing through November 22nd at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. www.drama.cmu.edu

Review: AVENUE Q, University of Pittsburgh Stages


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It’s pandemonium and puppetry as Burgh Vivant’s Nancy Mimless reviews AVENUE Q – at University of Pittsburgh Stages through November 23rd, 2014. www.play.pitt.edu

Review: STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, Prime Stage Theatre Co.


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Lonnie The Theatre Lady examines the duality of the STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE at Prime Stage. AND – does Lonnie need some help getting in touch with her evil alter ego?? Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete, unedited interview in audio podcast for more, and see STRANGE CASE OF… Read more »

Review: THE BRASS ROOTS


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A tip o’ the hat and a toot o’ the horn to THE BRASS ROOTS on their inaugural performance at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial on October 18th. Get Matt Murchison’s review here and hear more from The Brass Roots at www.thebrassroots.com

Review: A CHORUS LINE, Pittsburgh Musical Theater


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‘Burgh Vivant’s Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli reviews Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s A CHORUS LINE, October 2014.

Review: 21, Pittsburgh Playhouse Conservatory Company


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‘Burgh Vivant contributor and die-hard Pittsburgh Pirates fan Nancy Mimless reviews 21, a world premiere musical about the life of baseball legend Roberto Clemente, at the Pittsburgh Playhouse Conservatory Company, playing now through October 26th, 2014. Photos by Jeff Swensen. www.pittsburghplayhouse.com

Review: HEROES AND VILLAINS, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, PNC Pops


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Miss Music Nerd is back on ‘Burgh Vivant tonight to talk about the HEROES AND VILLAINS concert at Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s PNC Pops! Learn the compelling history of the score to Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, how old you should be before you see THE OMEN, and how Sheena Easton brought us back to BOND. Plus – a… Read more »

Review: THE SMALL ROOM AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS, Off The Wall Productions


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Lonnie The Theatre Lady sits down for a large martini on the top of the desk to talk about THE SMALL ROOM AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS at Off The Wall Theater – its heart-pounding suspense, and a performance she’ll never forget! October 17 through November 1st, 2014. www.insideoffthewall.com

Preview: Pittsburgh Musical Theater, 2014 – 2015 season


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Whats new at Pittsburgh Musical Theater this season? Executive Artistic Director Colleen Petrucci is joining us for happy hour to tell us all about it! Get the full scoop on the 2014-2015 season here, and at www.pittsburghmusicals.com

Review: STOP KISS, University of Pittsburgh Stages


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‘Burgh Vivant’s newest contributor Nancy Mimless stops in for a drink and a conversation on STOP KISS, produced by University of Pittsburgh Stages, written by Diana Son, directed by Brittany Coyne. STOP KISS. GO. ENJOY. Through October 12th, 2014. www.play.pitt.edu