by Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant.
Here are the Top Five Things to do in Pittsburgh the last weekend of February.
Talk About It
Ten people will stand up and tell true stories at The Moth’s Pittsburgh GrandSLAM III. The theme is “When Worlds Collide” with host Alan Olifson and musical guests Sarah Siplak of the Wreckids. True stories told live on Thursday, February 26 at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh. For more information, go to http://themoth.org/events/event/pittsburgh-moth-grandslam-iii-when-worlds-collide/
Get on the Bus, Gus
The B.U.S. is back for its tenth year! The B.U.S. (Bricolage Urban Scrawl) is a fundraiser that puts theatre-making at the heart of the event. Bricolage will collaborate with over 40 local theatre artists, asking them to risk their creative necks for this unconventional and exhilarating fundraiser experience. Inspired by a 90-minute city bus ride, these daring artists have just 24 hours to write, direct, and memorize six new 10-minute plays. Made up stories told live Saturday, February 28 at New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh. For more information, go to http://www.bricolagepgh.org/
Boom, Boom, Boom, Let’s Go Back to My Room
Saturday, February 28, three impov troupes vie for the championship at “Make Nice Boom.” The champs, Well Known Strangers, take on two new contenders LGBTQ*Bert and Yeah Those Guys. Each team will vie for your votes while doing hilarious improvisational comedy. Taste the rainbow at Cativo, 14644th Street, Pittsburgh (Lawrenceville). For more information, go to http://www.unplannedcomedy.com/
Sisters are doing it for themselves
The “Sisters Sorella, an original monthly sitcom” returns to the Arcade Comedy Theater. Three Italian sisters, played by Tressa Glover, Julianne Avolio, and Maggie Carr, are some spicy meatball makers. It’s a live sitcom and it’s hilarious. It happens Friday and Saturday at the Arcade Comedy Theater, 811 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh. For more information, go to http://www.nonameplayers.org/
On February 27th Virginia Gruenert’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s “Ghosts” opens at the Off the Wall Theater in Carnegie. Mrs. Helen Alving has accepted her pastor’s counsel and endured her husband’s many infidelities in silence. Ten years after his death, she is about to dedicate an orphanage to his memory. Her son, Oswald, kept innocent after his father’s profligacy, returns home for the dedication. His attraction to the housemaid conjures up ghosts of his parents’ unhappy marriage. This disastrous romance, along with Oswald’s increasing symptoms of the venereal disease inherited from his father, force Mrs. Alving to confront her own “Ghosts.” Go haunt the Off the Wall Theater, 25 East Main Street, Carnegie. For more information, go to http://www.insideoffthewall.com/