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”
It’s that time of year again: Pumpkin flavored vodka and Rocky Horror. ‘Burgh Vivant contributor Andy Coleman discusses a very original take on this cult classic, presented by Brisbane Management, and directed by Lisa Ann Goldsmith, with musical direction by Lisa Harrier. We hope your leather dominatrix boots are made for walkin,’ because this particular production moves… in more ways than one. Continue reading “Review – ROCKY HORROR SHOW, Brisbane Management Group (10/16-10/31)”
By the end of this review, you will know these names and the order in which to say them! Lonnie the Theater Lady gives her take on the 2013 Tony Award-winning play VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, by Christopher Durang, directed by Tracy Brigden, playing at City Theatre Oct. 12th – Nov. 3rd. We hope that you, and you, and you, and you enjoy! (Photos by Alex Jones) Continue reading “Review – VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, City Theatre (10/12-11/3)”
While Off The Wall Theater was busy, Off the Wall Productions has been on hiatus. We are happy to announce that we will open our season on Oct. 25, 2013
with “The Zero Hour” , a play written by Madeleine George (Precious Little, City Theatre 2011) as a member of 13P Playwrights Collective.
For more information about 13P follow link –http://www.13p.org/
The play is (or could be perceived) as controversial, but in the end it is “just” a love story. Lesbian relationships and the Holocaust are at the center of
Madeleine George’s refreshingly original play. We were extremely lucky to cast two of Pittsburgh finest female
actors, Erika Cuenca and Daina Michelle Griffith, who beautifully handle both the humor and drama of the piece. They do it all, lovers, mothers and WW II Nazi’s on the NYC Subway.
Robyne Parrish (currently Artistic Director at the Gilbert Theater, Fayetteville, NC.), in her sixth directing assignment for Off The Wall, is following the Playwright’s bold and offbeat
approach that makes such scenarios not only plausible but emotionally resonant.
Since “The Zero Hours” 13P premiere in NYC in 2010 no other theater companies have picked it up, ours will be the second full production.
Rebecca (Erika Cuenca) writes for an academic publishing company, and lives in a Queens walkup with her girlfriend O (Daina Michelle Griffith), who is unemployed and has no interest in changing that situation,
which is only one of the sources of tension between the two women: Rebecca remains closeted both at work and to her mother, and reveals to her therapist that she’s not even sure if she’s a lesbian.
Rebecca’s also writing a text book for seventh graders about the Holocaust. But her inner struggle over how honest her text should or should not be – how graphic is too graphic?
Should she include homosexuals among the persecuted? Will any school system in the Bible Belt buy this book? – causes her to meet up with Nazis on the 7 train during her daily commute.
Performance Dates: Oct. 25-26, 31 – Nov. 1-2, 7-9 at 8:00 pm Matinee: Oct. 27 & Nov. 3 at 3.00 pm
Tickets $ 5.00 – $ 35.00
Tickets: http://www.showclix.com/event/3770564 1-888-71-TICKETS
Get a peek inside Off The Wall, Pittsburgh’s Regional Theater Company! Artistic Director Virginia Wall Gruenert reveals the origins of Off The Wall Productions, and her inspirations as an actress and playwright. Impressed? Intrigued? See this dynamic company in action with its production of “The Zero Hour” by Madeleine George, directed by Robyne Parrish, Oct 25 through Nov 9th. www.insideoffthewall.com Continue reading “VIRGINIA WALL GRUENERT – Artistic Director, Off The Wall Productions”
(PITTSBURGH, PA) – Quantum Theatre, known for its deep experimentation, produces the regional premiere of British playwright Jez Butterworth’s 2008 play Parlour Song, which originated on Broadway at the Atlantic Theatre Co. and London’s Almeida Theatre. Acclaimed (and Olivier Award-winning), its Broadway cast included Emily Mortimer. Critic Ben Brantley said, “Now this is adult entertainment… the affecting accomplishment of Parlour Song is that it peels its characters down to emotional nakedness without ever violating the mystery of people who remain mysteries even to themselves.” Butterworth’s more recent play Jerusalem has subsequently won the Tony Award for Mark Rylance as Best Actor in a Play (2012).
Butterworth was mentored by Harold Pinter, and clearly influenced by that great writer; his plays deliver Pinter-like sharpness of dialogue, dark humor, and menace beneath the surface. The surface here is an affluent suburban community where things tend to look alike – giving Parlour Song a John Updike flavor as well. It’s about two couples, friends living side-by-side – though only three members of this foursome appear – an unholy trinity. Think sinuous, tightly controlled, in terms of the lone woman, and guys with an often hilarious bravura that covers increasing desperation. One is a demolitions expert; Ned’s job is to blow things up, like banal, disposable shopping centers (to make room for, say, a shopping center eerily similar to the first.) Dale runs a car wash and keeps himself fit. Another hallmark of Butterworth’s work is the presence, below the surface but ready to assert itself, of nature, the things we think we control but don’t, like the powerful forces of the earth and our animal instincts, there to be reckoned with. Joy, especially, takes the play to a dark and primal place by its end. She has her eye on a very dangerous and existential escape from this affluent, pseudo-paradise. Along the way… things are disappearing, things as small as cuff links, as large as lawn mowers, and as strange as a stuffed badger and a bust of Aldous Huxley.
Quantum casts Cameron Knight, recently come to Pittsburgh to teach acting at Carnegie Mellon University, whose credits include the Oregon, Michigan, Texas, and Alabama Shakespeare Festivals, Milwaukee Rep, and the Kennedy Center; Brendan McMahon, trained at Lecoq’s famous Ecole Lessaad, with credits including Mabou Mimes, Lincoln Center, NY Classical Theatre, Cherry Lane, and St. Ann’s Warehouse; and Sarah Silk, a former Pittsburgh actress now living in NY where she works frequently at the Flea Theater. The Waterfront provides a slick commercial location for the project (and such modern conveniences as real bathrooms, heat, and parking). Director Martin Giles collaborates with designers Tony Ferrieri (set), Scott T. Nelson (lighting), Richard Parsakian (costume), and Bill Stankay (sound).
Special events in the run include: Community Night, for invited Homestead residents on October 31; Ladies Night on November 6, a women’s-only viewing with a pre-show gathering; Grapenuts Night on November 8, which will include a special pre-show wine-tasting; Post Show Discussion with cast on November 10; Social Q Happy Hour, a pre-show happy hour for young professionals on November 14; and Quantum on the Couch, a post-show psychoanalysis of the play’s characters led by analyst David Orbison, Ph.D., on November 15. For restaurant partnerships, parking information and more, visit quantumtheatre.com.
Rage of the Stage Players has its own special tassel on the edge of Pittsburgh fringe theatre, and this week Artistic Director James Michael Shoberg puts back a martini with host Brian Edward and reveals what special qualities set Rage apart from the rest. PLUS – get an inside look at the upcoming premiere of “The Picture of Dorian Gray” opening October 18th! Want more? Listen to “The Full Martini,” the complete unedited interview in podcast, to hear Jim’s thoughts on costumed burglars, the ideal Batman story, and the shocking revelation of the portrait in Brian Edward’s attic that’s getting YOUNGER. What does it all mean? Continue reading “JAMES MICHAEL SHOBERG – Artistic Director, Rage of the Stage Players”
With a little help from their ‘friends’…
PITTSBURGH –Brisbane Management Group (BMG) is proud to announce the launch of their company with its inaugural production of The Rocky Horror Show! With it’s interactive take on the cult classic, it is designed to push the envelope and take theatre to the next level. Today’s theatre audience is dwindling. “How do we bring in new blood and make it interesting for the younger generations to come?” asks Kelli Brisbane, Founder and Artistic Director for BMG.
In an age where reality TV, video games, smart phones and multi-media are at our disposal, theatre seems a thing of the past. BMG’s hope is that this is more than just a show and that is becomes a ‘reality theatre’ experience that people will join in with the excitement. “Musical theatre has not been pushed in this direction. We’re excited to test the waters, and are fortunate to have secured multiple venues that lend hand to our backdrop,” says Brisbane.
This show has been years in the making – flashback to the year 2000, where a young Brisbane, was on the professional West End Tour of The Rocky Horror show, and was daydreaming out the tour bus window about how ‘cool’ it would be to have an audience follow Brad and Janet on their journey throughout the castle. Time passed, and the idea continued to grow, while other companies started actualizing the interactive theatrical experience much like De La Guarda, Fuerzabruta and Sleep No More. “I knew I was on to something, and knew that if it was going to be done, it had to happen sooner, rather than later,” says Brisbane. So after recently moving back to the Pittsburgh area, after 18 years, Brisbane was excited to find that local companies like Bricolage and Quantum were already thinking ahead of the game and producing great things. It was time to set the show in full motion with a deep commitment from the community.
In this particular venture, BMG has focused their efforts on the Munhall area, a district neighboring the Waterfront, and ripe for growth. BMG is partnering with local companies whose mission is to help spur economic growth right in their own backyard. Efforts are being made to drive as many of the 650 audience members to visit participating restaurants and establishments local to Munhall.
BMG is engaging and encouraging local community neighbors, corporations, and ‘creative industries’ on their mission: art improving community. Rock Bottom Brewery and Allied Remediation Technical Services are two of their local community partners. Rock Bottom Brewery is supporting with a unique offer to Rocky Horror VIP ticket purchasers and Allied Remediation provided their professional services to make the location suitable for performance.
“Theatre is about collaboration, taking chances and building something bigger than we are. Nobody should wait for permission to create,” said Brisbane. “So this Halloween season we are doing just that.”
The show will run this October 16-31 in Munhall, Pa. Using three distinct venues, audience members will be taken on an immersive theater experience with Brad and Janet LIVE WITH YOU on every turn.
Cast Includes: Maurissa Auer , Charles Beikert , Kelli Brisbane , Kristin S. Buccilli, Marissa Buchheit, Brendan Conaway, Jeremy Earhart, Chucky Hendershot , Tom Kolos, Adam Pribila, Maggie Ryan, Tom Sarp, Christine Starkey, Johnny Terreri, and Tara Zyndel. Directed by Lisa Ann Goldsmith. Music Director – Lisa Harrier.
October 16-31: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8PM – October 27 at 2PM, October 31 at 8PM and Midnight Location: Munhall, PA (Details TBA to ticketholders prior to performance) Tickets*: $20 Students / $30 General / $50 VIP (includes pre-show Time Warp dance lesson and post show drink voucher at Rock Bottom Brewery). Tickets on sale now and may be purchased by visiting: http://www.brisbane-management-group.com/tickets/ Tickets must be purchased in advance, and each performance is capped at 50 attendees. *Please note that this show is rated “R” for Rocky; no one under 18 years of age will be permitted.
Who doesn’t love a good british murder farce? Lonnie stops by the ‘Burgh Vivant bar to share her thoughts on “Accomplice,” the riotous comedy now playing at Little Lake Theatre. She tries her best not to reveal any of the play’s many surprises, but dishes plenty on playwright Rupert Holmes. “Accomplice” runs through Oct. 12th at Little lake: www.littlelake.org Continue reading “REVIEW: “Accomplice” – Little Lake Theatre Company”
Lonnie “the theater lady” shares her thoughts on “Our Town,” performing Sept 26 through Oct 27 at Pittsburgh Public Theatre, directed by Ted Pappas. No single script has plagued Lonnie’s extensive theater-going history more than this well-known American classic. Will the Public’s production change her tune?