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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: I AM A CAMERA, Duquesne Red Masquers


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Buzzelli’s back with his musings on I AM A CAMERA, produced by Duquesne Red Masquers, written by John Van Druten. Learn how this tale unfolds against the backdrop of World War II Berlin, and how a mild mannered commentary can unravel into uncontrollable laughter from one bad Liza Minnelli impression. See I AM A CAMERA… Read more »

Review: SOUVENIR, The REP, Pittsburgh Playhouse


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Lonnie The Theatre Lady is on ‘Burgh Vivant tonight talking about SOUVENIR, by Stephen Temperley, directed by Tome Cousin, produced by The REP, playing at The Pittsburgh Playhouse now through October 12th. All of your burning questions are answered here: who is Florence Foster Jenkins? How do you get to Carnegie Hall? And what kind… Read more »

Review: DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY, CLO Cabaret


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Burgh Vivant’s Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli keeps it fresh with a review of DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY, playing at the CLO Cabaret, Downtown Pittsburgh, September 4th through October 12th, 2014. www.pittsburghclo.org

Review: OF MICE AND MEN, The REP


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Of mice, men, and martinis! Lonnie the Theatre Lady is back on ‘Burgh Vivant this evening to discuss OF MICE AND MEN, directed by Robert A. Miller, playing at Pittsburgh Playhouse’s The REP, September 5 – 21, 2014. www.pittsburghplayhouse.com

Review: OBSERVE THE SONS OF ULSTER MARCHING TOWARDS THE SOMME


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March on – and take a to-go cup! ‘Burgh Vivant’s Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli stops in for a cocktail and a conversation on OBSERVE THE SONS OF ULSTER MARCHING TOWARDS THE SOMME, written by Frank McGuinness, directed by Matt Torney, playing at PICT Classic Theatre, September 4th through 20th. www.picttheatre.org

Review: TAMARA, Quantum Theatre


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Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli talks TAMARA tonight on ‘Burgh Vivant! Which character (or characters) did Buzz follow? And what had him winded before the end of Act One? Find out here – and for yourself at Quantum Theatre’s TAMARA, by John Krizanc, directed by John Shepard, playing through September 14th at Rodef Shalom Congregation. www.quantumtheatre.com

Review: SIDE SHOW, Stage 62


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‘Burgh Vivant’s Lonnie The Theatre Lady and Michael “Buzz” Buzzelli talk about the musical “extravaganza” that is SIDE SHOW by Stage 62, performing through July 27th at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie.

Review: THE LOST TRAVELER, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble


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Miss Music Nerd (in her debut ‘Burgh Vivant appearance) comes out for a cocktail to discuss the opening performance of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s 2014 season, THE LOST TRAVELER – a “spellbinding” experience that touched the very core of what it means to be human! When was the last time YOU experienced a “gesamtkunstwerk?”… Read more »

DINNER ON THE FARM – Brooklyn Brewery MASH Tour at Blackberry Meadows


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This week ‘Burgh Vivant doffs the tuxedo and martinis on a trip to Blackberry Meadows Farm for DINNER ON THE FARM, part of Brooklyn Brewery’s MASH Tour and a festive roster of events in Pittsburgh June 21st through 28th 2014. Host Brian Edward and Lonnie The Theatre Lady indulge in a feast prepared in collaboration… Read more »

Review: HOPE AND GRAVITY, City Theatre


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Burgh Vivant’s Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli and Lonnie The Theatre Lady talk HOPE AND GRAVITY at the City Theatre, by Michael Hollinger, directed by Tracy Brigden. What did Lonnie smuggle into the theatre? What caused a feud between Buzz and a fellow theatre-goer? Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete unedited review in audio podcast… Read more »