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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 – UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL, 12 Peers Theater


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“An enthralling performance” unfolds UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL, playing through February 26th at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater, produced by 12 Peers Theater.  Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli and Lonnie The Theater Lady weigh in on the intricate journey crafted by actor Randy Kovitz that spans the globe and is described as an “existential detective story.” 

Review: SHREK THE MUSICAL, Pittsburgh Musical Theater


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Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli and Lonnie The Theatre Lady discuss SHREK THE MUSICAL from Pittsburgh Musical Theater, playing at The Byham Theater through February 16th.

Review – MADAGASCAR, Quantum Theatre (1/31 – 2/16/14)


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“A puzzle… riveting!” says ‘Burgh Vivant Michael ‘Buzz” Buzzelli of Quantum Theatre’s latest production MADAGASCAR by J.T. Rogers, directed by Sheila McKenna.  Buzz and Lonnie the Theatre Lady review the mysteries (and the marble!) that this unique play offers.  MADAGASCAR stars Helena Ruoti, Larry John Meyers, and Melinda Helfrich – and who has the distinction… Read more »

Preview – First Season Menu 2014, LIDIA’S ITALY PITTSBURGH


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LIDIA’S ITALY PITTSBURGH provided a feast for the senses last week with the premiere of its FIRST SEASON MENU 2014 – the first season being spring.  And hey, who isn’t optimistic that it will be here soon?  But for sumptuous flavors that comfort in the cold and give a nod to warmer times ahead you… Read more »

Preview: MADAGASCAR, Quantum Theatre (1/31 – 2/16)


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Director Sheila McKenna gives a sneak peek into the mysteries of MADAGASCAR, on set at the Carlyle building, downtown Pittsburgh, opening January 31st and playing through February 16th, produced by Quantum Theatre.  

Review – THE MOUNTAINTOP, City Theatre (1/18 – 2/9)


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Exciting, evocative, emotionally impactful… just a few words used by ‘Burgh Vivant’s resident reviewers Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli and Lonnie the Theatre Lady to describe City Theatre’s current production of THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall, directed by Peter Flynn.  Though they may disagree on the theme, they most certainly agree on the quality of this theatrical… Read more »

Review – SOUTH SIDE STORIES, City Theatre (1/8- 1/26)


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Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli and Lonnie the Theatre Lady are back in their first review of the new year! The dynamic duo discusses SOUTH SIDE STORIES by Tammy Dixon, directed by Matt Morrow, and playing at CITY THEATRE now through January 26th. Parking chairs, pierogies, and pubs – Pittsburgh, this play’s for you! Hear their favorite… Read more »

GoodTaste! Pittsburgh’s first annual PITTSBURGH BREW ‘N CHEW


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No tap was left unturned when ‘Burgh Vivant loosed contributors Lonnie Jantsch and Andy Coleman on the Monroeville Convention Center January 11th for the first annual Pittsburgh Brew ‘N Chew event presented by GoodTaste! Pittsburgh.  The debonair duo sampled beers from numerous breweries, both local and national in this tour de force of fun and… Read more »

Review – WELL, Off The Wall Productions


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Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli and Lonnie the Theatre Lady are getting along WELL over this barrier-bending play by Lisa Kron, and directed by Melissa Hill Grande.  WELL features Daina Michelle Griffith, Virginia Wall Gruenert, Tony Bingham, Alan Bomar Jones, Linda Haston, Susie McGregor-Laine, and plays until December 28th at Off the Wall Theater in Carnegie.

Review – IL MEGLIO DEI DUE MONDI, Lidia’s Pittsburgh


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‘Burgh Vivant revisits LIDIA’S PITTSBURGH for Il Meglio dei due Mondi – “The Best of Both Worlds” – a 4-course beer pairing dinner arranged by General Manager Adam Greiner and Executive Chef Jeremy Voytish.  The flavors were bursting – and so were the comments from guest contributor, comedian Missy Moreno!  Get the dish on the… Read more »