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 – 2 PIANOS 4 HANDS, City Theatre Company


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Dueling pianos – and dueling opinions!  Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli and Lonnie the Theatre Lady duke it out over 2 PIANOS 4 HANDS playing at City Theatre through December 22nd.  If you saw it, let us know whose corner of the ring YOU’RE in.  Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete, unedited interview in podcast… Read more »

Review – MRS. BOB CRATCHIT’S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE, Little Lake Theatre Company


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The laughs and the martinis flow simultaneously as Lonnie the Theatre Lady, festively festooned, recounts the rollicking riot that is MRS. BOB CRATCHIT’S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE, playing now through Dec 14th at Little Lake.  Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete interview in audio podcast for more details, and to hear your ‘Burgh Vivants… Read more »

Review – OBSCURE/REVEAL, James Gallery


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On Nov. 15th several of the ‘Burgh Vivants attended the opening of OBSCURE/REVEAL at James Gallery in the West End.  The exhibit features contemporary works incorporating encaustic, the demanding and complex process of painting with hot wax, uniquely interpreted by 10 artists: Christine Aaron, Tracey Adams, Stephanie Armbruster, Karen Freedman, Amber George, Lorraine Glessner, Jane… Read more »

Review – CHARLES IVES TAKE ME HOME, City Theatre


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Basketball, music, and the relationship between a father and daughter come to center court in CHARLES IVES TAKE ME HOME, by Jessica Dickey, directed by Matt M. Morrow, and playing at City Theatre through December 15th.  And guess who teared up at this play?  Mike Buzzelli’s not saying, but Lonnie the Theatre Lady might just… Read more »

Review – TRUE WEST, Pittsburgh Public Theater


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Saddle-up, Pilgrim – Lonnie the Theatre Lady pulls her horse into the ‘Burgh Vivant saloon for a recap of TRUE WEST, playing now through December 8th at Pittsburgh Public Theater.  Might she have a little crush on Sam Shepard?  You be the judge!  Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete interview in podcast, for… Read more »

Review – [TITLE OF SHOW], The Company of Pittsburgh (11/7 – 11/16)


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Holy Kitty Carlisle-Hart!  ‘Burgh Vivant contributor F.J. Hartland returns to review [TITLE OF SHOW] from The Company of Pittsburgh, directed by Nick Mitchell, and playing at the Grey Box Theatre now through November 16th.  F.J. and host, Brian Edward get their Rooney’s crossed (Andy and Mickey) and channel Abbott and Costello in clarifying the name… Read more »

Review – HECUBA, Pittsburgh Playhouse Conservatory Company


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Death, destruction, vengeance – it’s just another Monday for HECUBA – produced by the Conservatory Company of the Pittsburgh Playhouse, directed by Monica Payne.  Though an opening monologue by a ghost is a sufficient signal of at least a few torn togas on the horizon, no worries –  Euripides, we sew-a dem for you:  ‘Burgh… Read more »

Review – THE CHALK LINE, Attack Theatre


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Lonnie the Theatre Lady stops by for a cocktail and a discussion of THE CHALK LINE now playing at Attack Theatre through November 16th at Attack’s Spring Way Studio.  Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete interview, unedited in podcast to hear chalk techniques to disarm your foes, tales from Lonnie’s fabled history in… Read more »

Review – PARLOUR SONG, Quantum Theatre (11/1 – 11/24)


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Get the “Buzz” from Buzzelli on PARLOUR SONG the latest show from Quantum Theatre, running now through November 24th, directed by Martin Giles, starring Cameron Knight, Brendan McMahon, and Sarah Silk.  For more delicious details, listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete, unedited interview in audio podcast, and receive an exclusive rendition of the… Read more »

Review – THE ZERO HOUR, Off the Wall Productions (10/25 – 11/9)


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A duo review-o!  ‘Burgh Vivants Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli and Lonnie the Theatre Lady just HAPPENED to run into each other at the opening of THE ZERO HOUR, directed by Robyne Parrish at Off the Wall Productions last week, so naturally they wanted to dish on it over a couple of ‘Burgh Vivant martinis – and… Read more »