The “Buzz” from Buzzelli: Pittsburgh’s Top To-Do’s THIS WEEKEND (5/14 – 5/17)

by Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant.


Here are the Top Five Things to do in Pittsburgh the week of May 14 through May 17.


Superior Motors

The bones come to rest. Barebones has a permanent space with its new black box theater aptly named the Barebones Black Box Theater. They are debuting Miki Johnson’s “American Falls” in their brand new space. Patrick Jordan, patriarch of barebones, directs a fantastic cast of locals such as Cary Anne Spear, Sarah Silk and Connor McCanlus. You can find the new Barebones Black Box Theater at 1211 Braddock Avenue, Braddock, PA 15104 (the former site of the Superior Motors car dealership). For more information, go to


Motor City

You think your neighbors are trouble? Welcome to “Detroit.” Lisa D’Amour’s version, at least. In a suburb just outside a city that might be “Detroit,” Ben and Mary see sudden signs of life at the deserted house next door and invite their new neighbors Sharon and Kenny over for a barbecue. Things get strange.You can get to “Detroit” by way of the Maker Theater, 5950 Ellsworth Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa 15232. For more information, go to


Bet on Black

Race to the Coffin Comedy presents “Comedy Roulette” featuring Tim Ross, John Pridmore, James J. Hamilton, Andy Picarro and hosted by John Dick Winters. It’s a benefit show supporting Artisan Tattoo and all proceeds will go to Jason Angst and family. “Comedy Roulette” spins into Club Café on May 15 for a 10 pm show. For more information, go to


Mid production

Spring is just beginning but “Midsummer” is going by quickly. It’s not too late to catch this show at the City Theater. When a divorce lawyer finds a small time crook in her her basement wine bar, the unlikely pair goes on an alcohol- and adventure-filled romp, discovering that there are second chances at life—and love. It’s not a musical, but a play with songs. Bask in the joy of “Midsummer” at the City Theatre, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. For more information, go to


Don’t Fence me in

August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Fences” is at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company runs until the end of the month. Set in the Pittsburgh’s Hill District in the 1950s, “Fences” evokes the early rumblings of the civil rights movement. The play follows Troy Maxson’s struggle to accept the generational changes that allowed his son to succeed in ways Troy never could. Director Mark Clayton Southers brings the Hill downtown to 937 Liberty Avenue, 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. For more information, go to




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