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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.

Preview: MADAGASCAR, Quantum Theatre (1/31 – 2/16)


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Director Sheila McKenna gives a sneak peek into the mysteries of MADAGASCAR, on set at the Carlyle building, downtown Pittsburgh, opening January 31st and playing through February 16th, produced by Quantum Theatre.  

RANDY KOVITZ – Actor, Fight Choreographer, Writer, Director


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To simply state that this week’s guest Randy Kovitz is an actor doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of this dynamic artist.  I addition to being a writer, director, and fight choreographer, he’s performed in numerous stage works on Broadway and beyond, film and television in Los Angeles, yet he may just love Pittsburgh… Read more »

Review – THE MOUNTAINTOP, City Theatre (1/18 – 2/9)


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Exciting, evocative, emotionally impactful… just a few words used by ‘Burgh Vivant’s resident reviewers Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli and Lonnie the Theatre Lady to describe City Theatre’s current production of THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall, directed by Peter Flynn.  Though they may disagree on the theme, they most certainly agree on the quality of this theatrical… Read more »

Review – SOUTH SIDE STORIES, City Theatre (1/8- 1/26)


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Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli and Lonnie the Theatre Lady are back in their first review of the new year! The dynamic duo discusses SOUTH SIDE STORIES by Tammy Dixon, directed by Matt Morrow, and playing at CITY THEATRE now through January 26th. Parking chairs, pierogies, and pubs – Pittsburgh, this play’s for you! Hear their favorite… Read more »

HEATHER HENSON – Founder, Artistic Director, Ibex Puppetry


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If it can be said that there exists a “Dynasty of Puppetry,” then Heather Henson unquestionably hails from one if its most recent generations. Daughter of legendary Muppet creator Jim Henson, Heather brings her own unique expressions to the stage through her Orlando-based company, Ibex Puppetry – with its most recent production, FLIGHT: A CRANE’S… Read more »

The REP presents Pittsburgh premiere of gripping, award-winning contemporary drama ‘Heads’

    Directed by John Shepard, show previews Jan. 30, runs Jan. 31-Feb. 16 at Pittsburgh Playhouse PITTSBURGH – The REP, Point Park University’s professional theatre company, continues its compelling 2013-2014 season with the Pittsburgh premiere of EM Lewis’ heart-wrenching prize-winning drama, Heads. Directed by John Shepard, Heads previews on Thursday, Jan. 30, and runs… Read more »

Pittsburgh Opera presents Nico Muhly’s DARK SISTERS

Photo above  by Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia. Pittsburgh, PA… Pittsburgh Opera continues its 75th anniversary season with Nico Muhly’s DARK SISTERS, a new production of a very new opera exploring issues ripped from the headlines and created by a thirty-something composer. The first work in Pittsburgh Opera’s American Opera Series,* DARK SISTERS stars… Read more »

LANCE SKAPURA – Artistic Director, Thoreau, NM


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Filmed before a live audience at Arcade Comedy Theatre in beautiful downtown Pittsburgh, host Brian Edward laughs it up with Thoreau, NM Executive Director Lance Eric Skapura.  Through the course of a dry martini, Lance discusses the origins of Thoreau, its unusual name, and the company’s long-standing involvement in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.  Listen… Read more »

Pgh Ballet Theatre to receive $1million in Commonwealth Economic Growth Funding

Funding to Advance Construction of New Building at PBT’s Strip District Campus PITTSBURGH, PA – As part of Pennsylvania’s 2013 Economic Growth Initiative grants, Governor Tom Corbett announced today that Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will receive $1 million to fund the construction of a new annex building at the company’s Strip District campus. WATCH, LISTEN:  ‘Burgh… Read more »