There are cultural events in Pittsburgh every weekend. Here are five fun things going on this week.
Fake Breaking News!
Dateline: October 30, 1938: The Earth is Invaded by Martians.
Thanks to the talented folks at the Mercury Theater, people, who tuned in late to a broadcast of H.G. Well’s classic Sci-Fi story, believed that there really was a full scale invasion from space. To commemorate that historic radio broadcast, the fine folks at the Bricolage theater (Carpenter, Dixon and probably even Odie), bring you “War of the Worlds,” Midnight Radio style (performers at the microphones, Foley artists, games, prizes and more).
If you haven’t been to a Midnight Radio show, yet, this is your big chance. Midnight Radio is not on the radio and not at midnight, but it is a guaranteed good time. Heck, there’s even a happy hour in the theater thirty minutes prior to the performance. Get your tickets now, because these shows fill up!
The Bricolage Theater is located in 937 Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh.
Go here: www.bricolage.org for additional details.
The Squawk Box
Matt Henderson the ubiquitous Pittsburgh actor is in yet another production at the Grey Box. This time you can catch him in Throughline Theatre Company’s production of “The Farnsworth Invention.”
In 1929, two ambitious visionaries (literally and figuratively) race against each other to invent a device no living room will be without, the television. Aaron Sorkin, who made his name on the boob tube with the “Sports Night,” “The West Wing,” and more, decided to tell you all about it.
History in the making can be seen at the Grey Box Theater, 3595 Butler Street, Lawrenceville. Additional details can be found here: www.throughlinetheatre.org
Who Ya Gonna Call?
There’s still plenty of Halloween fun happening around the city. Plenty of places to get a good scare; like the Scare House, Phantom Fright Nights, etc. But if you like to chuckle at your ghosts and goblins, check out “Live Read: Ghostbusters,” down at the Arcade Comedy Theater.
When three hapless parapsychologists, Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz and Ego Spengler, lose their prestigious positions at Columbia University, they venture out in to the private sector, hunting ghosts! Things get weird when they realize their cure is part of the problem.
The show is Friday and Saturday at eight. You might have to cross a river to get there, just don’t cross any streams! The Arcade Comedy Theater is located at 811 Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh. For more, go to www.arcadecomedytheater.com
The Play’s the Thing
Another radio drama becomes a play, with Agatha Christie’s “Mousetrap.” The longest running murder mystery play begins a much shorter run in the South Hills.
Journey once more to Monkswell Manor; where the Ralstons and their invited guests are suspects in a murder! Yes. It sounds like every weekend in the English Countryside, but Christie was ahead of the curve, pioneering the tea cozy mystery before they were called tea cozy mysteries.
Will the killer get away? Probably not, but don’t spoil the fun. You must never reveal the secret.
Tyson Sears directs the Baldwin Players. Find out whodunit at 5001 Baptist Road, Pittsburgh.
For more check out: www.thebaldwinplayers.com
Countdown to Zero
When Rebecca takes a job writing a textbook for seventh graders about the Holocaust, it begins to bleed into her personal life. She starts meeting World War II Nazis on the train. Rebecca isn’t the only one seeing things. Rebecca’s girlfriend, O, sees her recently deceased mom popping up for arguments about her choices. Playwright Madeleine George asks, “How do you tell the truth about yourself when that truth might devastate the people who you love?”
Catch “The Zero Hour” at the Off the Wall Theatre in Carnegie from October 25 to November 9. For more information click here; www.insideoffthewall.com
More Than Zero?
Need to know more about the Zero Hour? Come back to ‘Burgh Vivant next week and watch a review.