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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: THE UNDERPANTS, Little Lake Theatre Company


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Lonnie The Theatre Lady and Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli get a hold of THE UNDERPANTS at Little Lake Theatre. Lonnie schools us on our “innerer schweinehund” and Buzz may be inspired to write his own play about undergarments! Plus – a case of mistaken identity after the show. Did Lonnie laugh herself blind?? Hear the review… Read more »

Review – INKY, Off The Wall Productions


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Lonnie The Theatre Lady discusses INKY by Rinne Groff, directed by Ingrid Sonnichsen, featuring Tony Bingham, Abby Quatro, and Adrienne Wehr. INKY plays at Off The Wall Performing Arts Center through May 17th. www.insideoffthewall.com

Review: PANTAGLEIZE, Quantum Theatre


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This “farce to make you sad” had our ‘Burgh Vivant contributors falling over themselves – and their martinis!  Quantum Theatre’s PANTAGLEIZE, adapted by Jay Ball, directed by Jed Allen Harris, runs through April 27th.  Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete interview in audio podcast for more!

Review – GROUNDED, City Theatre


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Lonnie The Theatre Lady and Mike ‘Buzz” Buzzelli share a cocktail and discuss GROUNDED at the City Theatre, playing through May 4th, written by George Brant, directed by Jenn Thompson.  Production photos by Kristi Jan Hoover.  AND: Why does Buzz think awards are frivolous?  What special souvenir does he always take home from the beach?… Read more »

Review: LES MISÉRABLES, Pittsburgh Musical Theater


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‘Burgh Vivant contributor Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli discusses the “palpable hit” from Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Les Misérables.  Actors and production values are praised as Buzz and host Brian Edward improvise their own renditions of Les Miz numbers and examine France’s oldest, and perhaps most popular, profession.  Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete interview in… Read more »

Review – STRAIGHTENING COMBS, Off The Wall Theater


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‘Burgh Vivant contributors Lonnie The Theatre Lady and Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli spend cocktail hour discussing the “honest, moving, and courageous” STRAIGHTENING COMBS, written and performed by Kim El, with Nia Washington, directed by Linda Haston.  STRAIGHTENING COMBS plays in repertory at Off The Wall Theatre in Carnegie, and returns April 4th, 5th, and 6th. www.insideoffthewall.com

Review: BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK, The REP, Pittsburgh Playhouse


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‘Burgh Vivant’s Mike “Buzz” can barely contain himself (or his martini) as he delivers “high praise” for BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK playing at The Rep, directed by Tomé Cousin.  This “madcap” satire of Old Hollywood’s glamour days sends Buzz and host Brian Edward down memory lane, and urges them to ponder their own… Read more »

Review: TRIBES – City Theatre


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“A thought provoking play” by Nina Raine, directed by Stuart Carden – Mike Buzzelli and Lonnie The Theatre Lady review TRIBES at City Theatre.  Which actor made the set “shine,” and just whose story is it anyway?  Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete interview in audio podcast to hear more on TRIBES playing… Read more »

Review – A FEMININE ENDING, Off The Wall Productions


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It’s A FEMININE ENDING at Off the Wall Theater, and that’s only the beginning!  Lonnie The Theater Lady reviews the comedy by Sarah Treem (who HOUSE OF CARDS fans will recognize as a writer on the series), and directed by Matt M. Morrow.  Hear Lonnie’s top 3 reasons to see the show, and listen to… Read more »

Review – COMPANY, Pittsburgh Public Theater


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Lonnie The Theatre Lady is in good COMPANY in this review with ‘Burgh Vivant cohort Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli – or is she?  The work of one individual in particular may be what sets these two ‘Burgh Vivants apart – and his initials are Stephen Sondheim!  COMPANY, directed by Ted Pappas, plays through February 23rd at… Read more »