The Vivant Vault


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.

Review: GEM OF THE OCEAN, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company

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   

Return, Forgetful Muse – a review of “Welcome to Moonside”

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 »

French Exposures – a review of Tartuffe

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 »

Review: FUN HOME, Front Porch Theatricals

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 

Review: CABARET, Little Lake Theatre

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 

Salutations Dolores – a review of “Hello Dolly!”

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 »

Death and Lottery Numbers – a review of “Everybody”

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 »

A Bud That Didn’t Bloom – a review of “Spring Awakening”

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 »