by Brian Edward, ‘Burgh Vivant. We are all of us living in a bubble. That bubble may be our fears, our insecurities, or other such chains of our own making. This is the theme that resounds from the fast-paced, hilarious misadventure that is Bubble Boy The Musical. The book is by Cinco Paul and… Read more »
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Lonnie the Theater Lady is back on ‘Burgh Vivant tonight to talk about Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company’s production of GEM OF THE OCEAN, by August Wilson, directed by Andrea Frye, and presented in association with the August Wilson House. The production continues through September 22, 2019. For tickets and more information, visit www.pghplaywrights.org
By Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant Dusk (Anna Failla) and Dawn (Saige Smith) have come with dire warnings for the Earth and beyond in Sean Collier’s “Welcome to Moonside,” an immersive theater piece staged inside the former Lava Lounge in the Southside. The aforementioned ghosts, Dusk and Dawn, whisk a select group of humans (i.e…. Read more »
Tiffany Raymond, ‘Burgh Vivant We sometimes assume classic theatre, by virtue of its age, will be stodgy or dated. However, Cup-A-Jo’s skillfully executed production of Moliere’s 1664 French satire, “Tartuffe” (adapted by Richard Wilbur), reminds us that in the right hands, the classics are just as fresh as any contemporary play. “Tartuffe” follows the wiles… Read more »
There’s plenty to unpack about Front Porch Theatricals’ production of FUN HOME – and Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli and Brian Edward are on it. Adapted from the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, directed by Spencer Whale, FUN HOME continues at The New Hazlett Theater through August 25, 2019. For tickets and more information, visit www.frontporchpgh.com
Lonnie the Theater Lady and ‘Burgh Vivant host Brian Edward reminisce about the decadent Kit Kat Club over martinis and discuss CABARET at Little Lake Theatre through August 25th, directed by Art DeConciliis. For tickets and more information, visit www.littlelake.org.
By Claire DeMarco, ‘Burgh Vivant Dolly Gallagher Levi (Betty Buckley) is a middle-aged widow. She supports herself in a myriad of ways but most importantly as a matchmaker in “Hello Dolly.” She likes to say she meddles in other peoples’ affairs but one might say she surpasses that adjective and progresses to “Budinski-level.” Her current… Read more »
A “beautiful, moving, powerful world premiere” – Lonnie the Theater Lady talks Quantum Theatre’s LOOKING FOR VIOLETA, performing through August 25, 2019. For tickets and more information, visit www.quantumtheatre.com
by Tiffany Raymond, ‘Burgh Vivant Vince Ventura and the folks at 12 Peers Theater uphold their mission to produce experimental work with their newest production, playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist, “Everybody.” There’s experimental, and there’s experimental done well. Any theatergoer knows that Venn diagram doesn’t always overlap. As a production company, 12 Peers… Read more »
by Claire DeMarco, ‘Burgh Vivant Everybody has issues, especially a group of young adolescents in late 19th century Germany in rock opera retelling of Frank Wedekind’s “Spring Awakening.” Wendla (Victoria Buchtan) is curious about where babies come from. Her mother (Barbara Burgess-Lefbevre, playing multiple roles) avoids the question, coming up with an innocuous explanation that… Read more »