Review – [TITLE OF SHOW], The Company of Pittsburgh (11/7 – 11/16)

Holy Kitty Carlisle-Hart!  ‘Burgh Vivant contributor F.J. Hartland returns to review [TITLE OF SHOW] from The Company of Pittsburgh, directed by Nick Mitchell, and playing at the Grey Box Theatre now through November 16th.  F.J. and host, Brian Edward get their Rooney’s crossed (Andy and Mickey) and channel Abbott and Costello in clarifying the name of this musical and its producing company.  Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete interview in podcast, for more of FJ’s review, his extensive knowledge of obscure Broadway flops, and terrible Andy Rooney impressions. Continue reading “Review – [TITLE OF SHOW], The Company of Pittsburgh (11/7 – 11/16)”

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Review – HECUBA, Pittsburgh Playhouse Conservatory Company

Death, destruction, vengeance – it’s just another Monday for HECUBA – produced by the Conservatory Company of the Pittsburgh Playhouse, directed by Monica Payne.  Though an opening monologue by a ghost is a sufficient signal of at least a few torn togas on the horizon, no worries –  Euripides, we sew-a dem for you:  ‘Burgh Vivant contributor Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli and host Brian Edward reminisce about their schooldays in ancient Greece, discuss their first order of business if they were to become ghosts, and talk about the triumph of a tragedy playing at the Studio Theater of the Pittsburgh Playhouse through November 24th.  Get “The Full Martini” – the complete interview, unedited in podcast, for more of “the buzz” from Buzzelli!  And if you think Polymestor is just a film by John Waters, you should seriously consider getting out to see this. Continue reading “Review – HECUBA, Pittsburgh Playhouse Conservatory Company”

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Review – THE CHALK LINE, Attack Theatre

Lonnie the Theatre Lady stops by for a cocktail and a discussion of THE CHALK LINE now playing at Attack Theatre through November 16th at Attack’s Spring Way Studio.  Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete interview, unedited in podcast to hear chalk techniques to disarm your foes, tales from Lonnie’s fabled history in the heyday of the Pittsburgh dance club scene, and what the bathrooms are like in “Heaven.” Continue reading “Review – THE CHALK LINE, Attack Theatre”

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DEK INGRAHAM – Director, 2nd Stage, Prime Stage Theatre

Dek Ingraham, director of Prime Stage’s 2nd Stage series, discusses the restless spirits of TURN OF THE SCREW, directed by Joe Warik, now playing at the New Hazlett Theater, and GHOST STORIES, following the Nov. 8th performance, celebrating the 45th anniversary of Night of the Living Dead.  Want more chills and thrills?  Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete interview in audio podcast, to learn more about the haunting of the Hazlett, horrible movies from Marlon Brando, and Brian Edward’s hidden musical shame! Continue reading “DEK INGRAHAM – Director, 2nd Stage, Prime Stage Theatre”

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DEK INGRAHAM - Director, 2nd Stage, Prime Stage Theatre
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Review – PARLOUR SONG, Quantum Theatre (11/1 – 11/24)

Get the “Buzz” from Buzzelli on PARLOUR SONG the latest show from Quantum Theatre, running now through November 24th, directed by Martin Giles, starring Cameron Knight, Brendan McMahon, and Sarah Silk.  For more delicious details, listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete, unedited interview in audio podcast, and receive an exclusive rendition of the B-52’s “Love Shack” by Mike Buzzelli.  Continue reading “Review – PARLOUR SONG, Quantum Theatre (11/1 – 11/24)”

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F.J. HARTLAND – Playwright

He’s been called “Pittsburgh’s Playwright.”  His works have been likened to a particular dessert with a particular surprise inside (you’ll have to watch to find out what exactly, though we welcome your creative culinary guesses).  He’s also known as a director and actor, and he’s the latest addition to ‘Burgh Vivant’s roster of sassy, classy contributors.  He’s F.J. Hartland and he’s here tonight on ‘Burgh Vivant!  You’re certain to enjoy this delightful interview, and you may discover that you’re more closely connected to Kevin Bacon than you think. Continue reading “F.J. HARTLAND – Playwright”

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F.J. HARTLAND - Playwright
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Review – THE ZERO HOUR, Off the Wall Productions (10/25 – 11/9)

A duo review-o!  ‘Burgh Vivants Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli and Lonnie the Theatre Lady just HAPPENED to run into each other at the opening of THE ZERO HOUR, directed by Robyne Parrish at Off the Wall Productions last week, so naturally they wanted to dish on it over a couple of ‘Burgh Vivant martinis – and it was worth giving host Brian Edward the night off!  Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete, unedited interview in audio podcast to the a deeper look at this complex play, and see THE ZERO HOUR Oct 25th – Nov 9th at Off the Wall Theatre! Continue reading “Review – THE ZERO HOUR, Off the Wall Productions (10/25 – 11/9)”

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Review – GOD OF CARNAGE, Little Lake Theatre Company (10/17-11/2)

The coming of the GOD OF CARNAGE is upon us – and Brian and Lonnie get a godly case of the giggles discussing this Tony Award-winning play by Yasmina Reza, now playing at Little Lake Theatre, directed by Sunny Disney Fitchett, and starring Gregory Caridi, Art DeConciliis, Mary Liz Meyer and Jennifer Sinatra.  If these two ‘Burgh Vivants laughed this much just talking about it, imagine how much you’ll laugh SEEING it! Continue reading “Review – GOD OF CARNAGE, Little Lake Theatre Company (10/17-11/2)”

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MARTIN GILES – Director, PARLOUR SONG, Quantum Theatre

Director Martin Giles discusses “a love story gone odd” on the set of PARLOUR SONG, performing Nov 1 through 24 at the former Pittsburgh Burger Co. in The Waterfront, West Homestead.  Why the Waterfront? Which of the characters in this strange love triangle does Marty relate to most?  More questions?  Get your tickets at www.quantumtheatre.com and listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete unedited interview in audio podcast to find out just what goes on a “Marty Giles burger,” and more! Continue reading “MARTIN GILES – Director, PARLOUR SONG, Quantum Theatre”

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