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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 REVOLUTIONISTS, City Theatre

“A perfect cast for a very sharp, contemporary play” – In the classic tradition of “Siskel & Ebert” Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli and Brian Edward exchange volleys on THE REVOLUTIONISTS, by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Jade King Carroll, performing at City Theatre through September 30, 2018. For tickets and more information, visit

Review: MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater’s production of August Wilson’s MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, directed by Mark Clayton Southers and starring Vanessa German, has been extended through October 14th, 2018! Lonnie the Theatre Lady was there, and she’s telling all about it tonight on ‘Burgh Vivant. For tickets and more information, visit

Review: GREY GARDENS, Front Porch Theatricals

“Everything works” in Front Porch Theatricals’ latest production, GREY GARDENS the musical, directed by Robyne Parrish, playing at The New Hazlett Theater through August 26th, 2018. Get Lonnie the Theatre Lady’s take on the experience here tonight on ‘Burgh Vivant. For tickets and more information, visit Photos by Deana Muro. 

Review: THE INSPECTOR GENERAL, Throughline Theatre Company

Inspect THIS: Lonnie The Theatre Lady takes time out of her busy theatre-going schedule to sit down for a cocktail and discuss Throughline Theatre’s production of Nikolai Gogol’s THE INSPECTOR GENERAL, directed by Connor McCanlus, performing at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater through August 18th. For tickets and more information, visit

Review: UBU ROI, Throughline Theatre Company

“Wild, wacky, crazy, loud, fast-paced, silly, and sometimes a little crude” are just a few words with which Lonnie The Theatre Lady describes Throughline Theatre Company’s production of UBU ROI, by Alfred Jarry, directed by Shannon Knapp, performing through June 30th, 2018. For tickets and more information, visit  

Review: NOMAD MOTEL, City Theatre

Tonight it’s Lonnie The Theatre Lady on City Theatre’s production of NOMAD MOTEL, written by Carla Ching, directed by Bart DeLorenzo. See it through June 3rd, 2018. Tickets and more information at