The Shaker

Inside dish on interviews, editorials, events listings, musings from the minds of BV’s contributors, viewer mail, and other bits of fabulousness — It all goes into The Shaker, ‘Burgh Vivant’s bacchanalian bulletin board. Saddle up to the bar, and get ready for another round of what’s shakin’!

Inked in Blood – a review of “Evil Dead: The Musical”

by Tiffany Raymond, ‘Burgh Vivant  Pittsburgh Musical Theater brings “Evil Dead: The Musical” to life – or is that to death? “Evil Dead: The Musical” (book and lyrics by George Reinblatt) was first performed in 2003. It’s an amalgamation of the four-film series written and directed by Sam Raimi, which spanned 1978 to 1992. Not… Read more »

Opposites attack – a review of “True West”

By Tiffany Raymond, ‘Burgh Vivant In a city where people are oddly resistant to crossing bridges, it’s easy to wonder if a drive to Braddock for theater is worth your time. Barebones Productions unequivocally affirms the answer is a resounding “Yes!” with their newest production, Sam Shepard’s “True West.” Their Black Box Theater is an… Read more »

Soap Opera on Steroids – A review of “A Comedy of Tenors”

By Claire DeMarco, ‘Burgh Vivant Add three tenors, one wife, two girlfriends, and a hotel bellhop who sings. Multiply misunderstandings, mistaken identities, assumed infidelities. Divide loyalties among friends and partners. Subtract any semblance of sanity. And you have a formula for disaster in Ken Ludwig’s zany “A Comedy of Tenors!!!” In 1936, Henry Saunders (Dewayne… Read more »

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 »

7 with Sue: JILL SOBULE

by Sue Kerr, ‘Burgh Vivant.     Welcome to the second edition of Seven with Sue, a Q&A series with local creators and artists. Each edition will ask seven questions (plus demographics) exploring the creator’s experience and views on all things arts and culture in Pittsburgh. The questions are crafted by our in-house Q&A contributor, Sue… Read more »

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 »