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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.

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 »

Review: BOEING BOEING, Little Lake Theatre Company


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The Theater Lady is back tonight, serving up the dish on BOEING BOEING, the farce so nice, they named it twice, performing at Little Lake Theatre Company through August 3, 2019. For tickets and more information, visit www.littlelake.org 

Suicide is painless – a review of “‘night Mother”

Tiffany Raymond, ‘Burgh Vivant Marsha Norman’s 1978 Pulitzer Prize winning play, “‘night Mother,” recently crested its 40th birthday, and while some details are inevitably dated, the play’s themes are still relevant today. It’s a dark family drama centered on a middle-aged daughter, Jessie (Briauna Brownfield), a divorcee living with her aging mother, Thelma (Samantha A…. Read more »

Review: SCAPINO, Kinetic Theatre Company


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According to Lonnie the Theater Lady and ‘Burgh Vivant host Brian Edward, this Scapino is a Scapi-YES. SCAPINO, adapted by Jeffrey Binder, directed by Andrew Paul, continues through July 28, 2019. For tickets and more information, visit www.kinetictheatre.org 

Review: HEATHERS THE MUSICAL, The Theatre Factory


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‘Burgh Vivant host Brian Edward downs a martini with The Theater Lady and discusses HEATHERS THE MUSICAL, by Lawrence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, based on the film written by Daniel Waters, directed by Matt Mlynarski, and performing at The Theatre Factory through July 21, 2019. For tickets and more information, visit www.thetheatrefactory.org

Struggle with Rage and Love – A review of “American Idiot”

By Claire DeMarco, ‘Burgh Vivant Three young men in suburbia Johnny (Jeff Way), Tunny (Jacob Krupitzer) and Will (Jordan Schreiber) are restless, bored and generally discontent with their lives. They feel trapped and want to escape, and move on to a more exciting place where they make their own rules and “find themselves.” Will wanted… Read more »

Journey into Mystery – a review of Mark Toland’s “Mind Reader”

By Michael “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant Let’s get this straight – Mark Toland does not possess supernatural skills, but, sometimes, it’s hard to tell. His show, “Mind Reader” seems very convincing, but Toland will be the first to admit that he is merely fooling you with tricks and not actually reading minds. The tricks are… Read more »