Encore for SOUTH SIDE STORIES at City Theatre


PITTSBURGH, PA (December 11, 2013)—After a sold-out, extended run last winter, City Theatre presents the encore production of South Side Stories, a vibrant, hometown adventure written and performed by Tami Dixon. Directed by Matt M. Morrow, South Side Stories is a City Events special presentation that will run in City Theatre’s Hamburg Studio from January 8–26, 2014, with performances Wednesdays through Sundays.

This one-woman show portrays the dynamism of a neighborhood. Embedded in the concrete of South Side’s city steps are testimonials of teenage mischief, steel mill toil, and townie haunts. This is a neighborhood where parking chairs mark territory and “paradise” is one turn off of 26th Street. Join us for the return of this audience favorite.

“I am interested in stories of survival,” says actor and playwright Tami Dixon. “For over 100 years the South Side was cast in the shadow of The Jones and Laughlin steel mill. The steel helped to build our country, and the mill defined this region, its people, and the culture. Now, with barely a trace of the mammoth structure left behind, the South Side continues to be home to families that descended from this industrial past. Living in the Slopes, I became curious about the neighborhood’s transition. I could feel the mill’s history burning beneath my feet. I could see it in the faces of my neighbors. The stories in this play are theirs—vivid, funny, poignant, and true.”

Tami Dixon’s local theatre credits include, South Side StoriesThe Clockmaker, Marriage Minuet, The Missionary Position, and The Muckle Man with City Theatre; The Hothouse, Celebration, and Rock n Roll with Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre; The Task and El Paso Blue with Quantum Theatre; The Chicken Snake with The Rep; Metamorphoses with Pittsburgh Public Theater; and Midnight Radio, STRATA, Dutchman, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, and Key to the Field with Bricolage Production Company. Ms. Dixon is entering her 9th season as Producing Artistic Director for Bricolage Production Company, which she runs alongside her husband, Jeffrey Carpenter. She is a recipient of a TCG/Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship and was named 2012’s “Performer of the Year” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Most recently, Ms. Dixon received the 2013 Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Emerging Artist Award from The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Tami Dixon and City Theatre are participants in the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships, funded by the William & Eva Fox Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group.

The original staged reading of South Side Stories was produced by City Theatre during MOMENTUM: new plays at different stages on June 4, 2011 with funding provided in part by The Fine Foundation, The Hillman Foundation, and generous donors to City Theatre’s Artistic Excellence Fund.

The world premiere of South Side Stories was commissioned and produced by City Theatre, November 10 – December 16, 2013, and enjoyed an extended run the following January.

The creative team for South Side Stories includes Tony Ferrieri (Scenic), Sylvianne Shurman (Costume), Andrew David Ostrowski (Lighting), Nathan Leigh (Sound), David Pohl (Projection), Carlyn Aquiline (Dramaturgy), and Sheila McKenna (Dialect).


South Side Stories

Written and performed by Tami Dixon
Directed by Matt M. Morrow

When: January 8–26, 2014

Wednesdays at 7pm

Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm

Saturdays at 2pm and 5:30pm

Sundays at 2pm

Where: City Theatre, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)

Tickets: $35 to $55

Box Office: 412.431.CITY (2489) or citytheatrecompany.org

South Side residents receive $10 off by phone or at the Box Office. Must present valid ID with 15203 zip code. Tickets will be held at Will Call. One ticket per ID.

Season subscribers may purchase $30 tickets by phone or at the Box Office.

Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounts.  Call Kari Shaffer at 412.431.4400 x286.

City Events is City Theatre’s annual series of limited engagement special presentations.

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is now in its 39th season. Located on Pittsburgh’s historic South Side, City Theatre specializes in new plays, commissioning and producing work by playwrights including Adam Rapp, Jeffrey Hatcher, Theresa Rebeck, and Christopher Durang. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Tracy Brigden, Managing Director Mark R. Power, and a 45-member Board of Directors, City Theatre’s mission is to provide an artistic home for the development and production of contemporary plays of substance and ideas that engage and challenge a diverse audience.  CityTheatreCompany.org

12 Peers Theater presents the Pittsburgh Premiere of Glen Berger’s UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL

publicity shots Randy Kovitz Underneath the Lintel

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“Would you know a miracle if you saw one?”

The Librarian in Glen Berger’s Underneath The Lintel doesn’t merely ponder this question, he is confronted by it – in the form of a library book returned 113 years overdue.

Randy Kovitz, as The Librarian, leads us through an existential detective story, an obsessive search for the library offender that takes him out of his orderly, insular world and on a globe-trotting, possibly quixotic quest. In the process, The Librarian discovers a string of “evidences,” some dating back thousands of years, finding connections to mysteries and myths, past and present, as well as his own dormant spirit.

Variety praised Underneath The Lintel, calling it “A theatrical miracle . . . a cosmic puzzle that makes The Da Vinci Code seem like a game of hide-and-seek” and “powerfully human and ultimately sublime”

Kovitz saw the author do a reading of it in New York in 2009, and knew immediately that he wanted to make it his own.

“The play spoke to me on a deep level as both an actor and a human being.  The central questions of life and death, purpose versus futility, are universal.  But the artistry of the writing makes it exciting and accessible.”


Underneath the Lintel performs February 5 – 26, 2014

At Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater,

937 Liberty Avenue, 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA  15222

Show dates:         Wednesday –Saturday, February 5 – 8, 8 p.m.

Thursday – Saturday, February 13 -15, 8 p.m.

Monday & Tuesday, February 17 & 18, 8 p.m.

Monday – Wednesday, February 24, 25 & 26 8 p.m.

*Monday, February 17 is industry, pay what you can night.

$15 / $10 with student ID at the door.

Tickets & Info: www.12peerstheater.org


About the Performer

Underneath The Lintel is a solo show, but it is hardly Kovitz’s first time alone on a stage. Pittsburgh theatregoers might remember his well-reviewed 2007 music and spoken word performance, Happy to Be Here and its 2009 follow up, Still Happy to Be Here.

In Los Angeles in the 1990’s, he fronted the spoken word band, Lies Like Truth, a legacy of his earlier one-man show, Grizly Cargo.

Kovitz grew up in California, but his Pittsburgh connections are strong. He attended Carnegie Mellon University and worked in several productions at WQED, appeared in Dawn of the Dead and Knightriders for George Romero, and was a member of the resident company City Players, now known as City Theater. After many years working in New York and Los Angeles, he returned to Pittsburgh in 2005, working in over 20 local productions in his first three years here.

Recently he has been active in film and television, appearing on Parks and Recreation, Supah Ninjas, The Fault In Our Stars and a number of homegrown projects, including his own short film Lightweight, which has won awards at several film festivals.

As a fight director, Randy stages violence for many theaters in town, as well as in film and video projects. Randy also teaches acting at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and leads intensive private acting workshops.

About the Playwright

Glen Berger is a prolific, Emmy and Ovation award-winning playwright, known most notably as Julie Taymor’s co-writer for the Broadway Musical adaptation of Spiderman. Lately he has been in the news for his tell-all book The Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History.

About the Company

12 Peers Theater was founded in 2011.  Taking the name from the Twelve Peers of Charlemagne, its mission is to provide challenging and engaging theater for Pittsburgh audiences. 12 Peers Theater highlights social, political, and ethical issues in classical and contemporary works exploring myth and cultural identity, endeavoring to open a dialogue with the audience.

12 Peers Theater presented a reading of Underneath the Lintel with Kovitz in June 2012.  On the strength of that reading and audience responses, Founding Artistic Director Vince Ventura and Producing Artistic Director Sara Fisher decided to include it this year in their third full season.


Award-winning Café Phipps Welcomes New Executive Chef

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Amy Tyner selected to fulfill sustainable mission of public garden’s Green Restaurant Certified® eatery.

Pittsburgh, Pa.Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is pleased to welcome Amy Tyner as Café Phipps’ new executive chef. Nestled inside the public garden’s LEED® Silver Welcome Center, this Green Restaurant Certified® and Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability award-winning establishment is committed to serving fresh, healthy food that is good for both people and the planet.

Having more than 15 years of professional cooking and management experience, Tyner brings to Café Phipps a wealth of qualifications. A chef since the age of 17, she has cooked for presidents and celebrities at top-ranked hotels and restaurants in Detroit, Columbus and Pittsburgh, working most recently as executive chef and director of food and beverage for Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North. She is also a Michigan Restaurant Association silver medalist and has served as a board member for Hocking College, The Pittsburgh Culinary Institute and the Columbus chapter of The American Culinary Federation.

“Amy is a passionate advocate for healthy eating and sustainable food practices, which makes her a great fit for Café Phipps,” says Phipps Executive Director Richard V. Piacentini, “With our commitment to responsibly sourcing ingredients and serving nutritious meals, we are always looking for ways to raise the bar. We look forward to working with Amy as we continue to innovate and reach our goals.”

Drawing on the best flavors of the season, Tyner has just launched an inspired winter menu with highlights like the Smoked Salmon Salad made with an artisan greens blend, marble rye bagel chips, goat cheese and caper vinaigrette; and a Grilled Halloumi Plate with pickled vegetables, beluga lentils, scallions, lime and currants. An equally delicious and wholesome children’s menu features such instant favorites as Almond Butter and Berry Sandwiches and gluten-free Quinoa Pasta with Chicken Meatballs.

Lunch and dinner at Café Phipps is served from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday through Jan. 12. Tickets for the public garden’s popular Brunch in Bloom events are rapidly selling out but seats are still available for Dec. 29 and Jan. 5 and 12 at the cost of $28.95 for adults and $13.95 for children five-12, with admission to Winter Flower Show included. Advance reservations for sittings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. are required and can be made by calling 412/651-5281.


About Phipps: Founded in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa. is a green leader among public gardens with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse. Learn more: phipps.conservatory.org.

TONIGHT: 21+ Holiday Party at Carnegie Science Center

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All those who have ever wanted to enjoy Carnegie Science Center without having to elbow 8-year-olds out of the way for a chance to compete against the Air Hockeybot or peer at the seahorses, will not want to miss 21+ Night at Carnegie Science Center.

It’s holiday party time! Listen to live music by the Nevin James Band or have a drink from our cash bar while you explore four floors of exhibits and our extra holiday-themed activities. We’ll be using poinsettias to measure acidity, creating fake snow out of polymers, making eggnog in the Kitchen Theater, and exploring circuits with Christmas lights. Wear your ugliest holiday sweater, check out the trains, and enjoy a holiday martini. For a few dollars more, watch the holiday classic The Polar Express on Pittsburgh’s biggest screen.For the special event price of just $10 if purchased by noon the day of the event ($15 if purchased later), adults ages 21 and up will have access to all four floors of exhibits, including SpacePlace, SeaScape, roboworld™, the Earthquake Café, the weather station, and scientific demos. There will be a cash bar, and snacks will be available for purchase.

Cost: Just $10 in advance, $15 day of event.
Get $15 in free slot play at Rivers Casino (just a short walk away!) when you register. You’ll receive a coupon upon check-in while supplies last.  www.carnegiesciencecenter.org  

‘Burgh Vivant will be there – we hope you will be too!


The “Buzz” from Buzzelli – This Weekend’s Top Five To-Do’s (12/5 – 12/8)


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Here are five fun things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend, December 5 -8

Curly-Toed Toe Tag

Looking for a darker holiday experience? How about a murder-mystery with a Christmas theme? That’s “Elf’ed!” Christmas is underway at the North Pole, but when a newly hired toymaker is murdered everyone at Santa’s workshop is a suspect, including Mrs. Claus! I would bet my Christmas money that there will be a sleigh/slay joke in there somewhere.

Grab your flying reindeer and head over to “Elf’ed” at Gaetano’s Restaurant, 1617 Banksville Road, Pittsburgh, or go here:  www.eatdrinkmurder.org


Two Handed

Two pianists (hee hee. Pianists) vie for the same goal, concert pianist stardom in “2 Pianos 4 Hands.” It’s Ted and Richard’s excellent adventure.

You gotta hand it to artistic director, Tracy Brigden for NOT doing a holiday-themed show. Check out the “2 Pianos 4 Hands” at the City Theatre, 1300 Bingham Street, South Side.

For more information call 412-431-2489 or visit www.citytheatrecompany.org


Frick’n Christmas

Come down to the Frick Art & Historical Center and see an old-timey Christmas at the Clayton Holiday Tours – A Pittsburgh Christmas. Artifacts displayed in Clayton evoke the family’s celebrations, archival & newspaper materials will give an idea of seasonal activity in & around the city.

You can find the Frick Art & Historical Center at 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh.


A Lost Christmas Eve

Want your jingle bells to really rock this Christmas? Catch the holiday spirit with some laser light shows and the fusion of rock and classical at the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas concert here in Pittsburgh.

You can see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Consol Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh.


Are we all Lit?

There’s a bright spot in Oakland this winter, literally and figuratively, at the Winter Light Garden and Flower Show at the Phipps Conservatory. Phipps is presenting a magical world of glass, light and blooms. With glowing evergreens, festive poinsettias, illuminated glass installations and their stuffing outdoors, Winter Light Garden, Phipps will sparkle and shine like never before.

You can find Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh PA, or hit them up at their website at phipps.conservatory.org


And now…a Sixth Thing,…

Open Up

If you’re wanting a bit more diversity in your life, head down to the “Open Mind, Open Mic Night” at the  GLCC, 210 Grant Street, Pittsburgh. The GLCC (Gay & Lesbian Community Center) is offering a host of comedians, musicians and spoken word performers to its stage on December 5 at 7:00 p.m. Hosted by comedy’s tallest toddler Abby Denton (Last Comic Standing – third place, Pittsburgh edition). Denton said, “The Open Mind Open Mic is an attempt to make a safer space for young performers, queer performers, performers of color, and anyone else who might not feel welcome at other mics. We want to foster new voices.”

And that’s a wrap people. Come back next week for more fun things to do in Pittsburgh.

– MB

The “Buzz” from Buzzelli – Top To-Do’s THIS WEEKEND (11/28 – 12/1)

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Christmas is in the air, and the local theater scene is putting the happy in Happy Holidays.

Elf off the Shelf

There’s a misfit in Toyland and his name is Buddy. He’s the elf that isn’t really an elf, but a human raised in the North Pole by one of Santa’s senior managers. Buddy goes off to America to find his real family and falls in love with a real girl. The movie is brought to stage (with added music) in “Elf – the Musical.”

Look for it at the Benedum Center, 719 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh.

Get on the nice list and take the whole family! For more information go here; www.trustarts.org


You want a Frosty with that?

Midnight Radio is back on the list. The Bricolage presents “Midnight Radio: Animated Holidaze,” a “Fractured Fairy Tale” version of your favorite animated Christmas Classics.  Grinch, Frosty, Charlie Brown and friends aren’t safe from clutches of Tami Dixon and Jeffrey Carpenter and their troupe of talented radio (not on the radio) stars.

Jump on Santa’s sleigh and head down to the Bricolage, 937 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, or, you know, take the bus or something. You can learn more at www.bricolagepgh.org



It’s inevitable. You can’t deny it. You’re going to see at least one version of Charles Dickens’ miserly curmudgeon who undergoes a massive spiritual rebirth on Christmas Eve. You might as well see, “A Musical Christmas Carol.” Ebenezer himself might warm to this version at the Benedum Center, 719 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh.

Throw open your window and throw a schilling down to a boy in the street and get him to buy you tickets for the whole Cratchit family, or get tickets online here; www.pittsburghclo.org


Baby Jesus, Three Wise Men and a Cast of Hundreds

Every Christmas, at this time, the Carnegie Museum puts up its big crèche, the Neapolitan Presepio. The Nativity scene features more than 100 human and angelic figures, along with animals, accessories and architectural elements.

You don’t have to follow the star to find the newborn king; you can just go to the Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Oakland. For more information, go to www.cmoa.org


Bah Humbug!

Not in the holiday spirit? You can do the Truffle Shuffle over at the “Live Read: The Goonies.” It’s just like the movie, but read out loud by local actors and comedians. Chris Preksta (“Pittsburgh Dad,” “Mercury Men,” and much more) directs the live reading of the action/adventure comedy screenplay. These events usually sell out, so get your tickets early!

You can find the fun at the Arcade Comedy Theater, 811 Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh.

And that’s a wrap people. Come back next week for more fun things to do in Pittsburgh.



Carnegie Science Center reopens miniature railroad Nov. 29th with new addition

 – Carnegie Science Center, a mecca for train lovers during the holiday season for two decades, is supercharging the family fun this year with Lionel Days, Nov. 29 – Jan. 1.

Lionel Days, presented by Lionel, is a month-long festival of trains. At the heart of all the railroad fun is the Science Center’s Miniature Railroad and
, a favorite of families throughout the region for generations. The Miniature Railroad reopens on Nov. 29 with a brand- new exhibit: the Allegheny County Mortuary Building. The Allegheny County Mortuary, designed by Frederick Osterling, is a fortress-like stone building completed in 1902, with skylights over the surgery rooms. In 1929, the building was moved approximately 297 feet to its current location, to make room for the County Office Building. The model shows not only the building itself, but the building in the process of the move: a team of tiny horses walk in a circle to turn a winch that pulled the morgue along steel rails atop massive cribbing. The railroad is free with general admission. Visitors who purchase a copy of the On Track gallery guide can participate in a very special scavenger hunt. The guide describes some infamous Pittsburgh crimes from yesteryear and visitors are encouraged to find “clues” in the railroad layout.

Throughout Lionel Days, visitors will enjoy special train displays featuring models from Lionel’s own archives, spanning its 113-year history. This temporary exhibition marks the first time these artifacts have been on public display. Lionel has also provided a classic model railroad layout and train decorations on the grand holiday tree. On weekends, special themed activities keep the fun on track. Young train enthusiasts will enjoy visits from Lenny the Lion, the Lionel mascot, and the Lionel Kids Zone, where children can put together model trains.

The centerpiece event of Lionel Days is Locomotion Weekend. On Dec. 14 and 15, the Science Center will host a rail yard filled with guest train
displays by local hobbyists. Visitors can bring their own model trains for a free checkup by the “Loco Doctor” and enjoy special themed activities.
Locomotion Weekend is free with general admission. Locomotion Weekend is also sponsored by Isaly’s and WISH 99.7.

Lionel Days also encompasses Breakfast Express. This annual favorite features a piping-hot breakfast, then Conductor Mike shouts “All aboard for the Polar Express!”  The “train” of children and grownups proceeds to the Rangos Omnimax Theater for a visit with Mr. McFeely and a screening of The Polar Express: An IMAX Experience. The morning ends with time in the Miniature Railroad & Village.  Breakfast Express, sponsored by Lionel, is offered Dec. 7, 14, and 21 and costs just $30 for adults and $25 for children and seniors. Members of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh get a $5 discount off these prices, and the cost for all children age 2 and younger is just $10. Registration is now open by phone, at 412.237.3400, then press 7.

Visitors who love looking at locomotives won’t want to miss the Science Center’s special Omnimax offerings. Rocky Mountain Express and The Polar Express: An IMAX Experience are back on Pittsburgh’s biggest screen! Eat ‘n Park is the local sponsor of The Polar Express, and Rocky Mountain Express is sponsored locally by Baierl Subaru.

If a ticket to the film isn’t enough, the Science Center will host the Polar Express Sleepover on Dec. 14. Guests will enjoy The Polar Express as well as special activities, before bedding down in one of the exhibit galleries. The sleepover includes a snack, continental breakfast, and general admission to the Science Center the following day. Cost is just $35 per person, and advance registration is necessary by calling 412-237-1637; registration closes Dec. 9.

A tip o’ the hat to MOTHERF***ER

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– barebones productions has a tradition of doing new and edgy plays.  And they hold to that tradition with their current offering The Motherf**ker With the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgus.

As evident from the title, the language is spicy, and this show is assuredly not for those easily offended.

Motherf**ker is a love story.  A depressing love story.  And it’s populated with five totally unlikable characters.

A recovering alcoholic named Jackie (Patrick Jordan) finds another man’s hat in the studio apartment of his cocaine-addicted girlfriend Veronica (Ruth Gamble), and the fireworks begin.

Before the play is over, Jackie will turn for help to his Cousin Julio (Leandro Cano), his AA sponsor Ralph D (Edwin Lee Gibson) and Ralph D’s wife Victoria (Daina Michelle Griffith).

Jordan, barebones founder and artistic director, gives a solid performance as Jackie.  Gamble’s Veronica lacks levels, so she comes across as a bitch.  Why does Jackie love her?  Hard to tell.

Cano has two memorable moments.  One is when he reveals his feelings about Jackie; the other recounts a powerful childhood memory.  In both cases, Cano overflows with powerful emotions, and he commands the stage.

On opening night, Gibson seemed to get tongue-tied throughout the performance.  The final scene he shares with Jordan seems to go on forever—but that’s not the fault of the actors or of director Rich Keitel, who has paced the play very well.

Griffith does the best she can with the badly underwritten role of Victoria.

The play switches quickly from location to location (Veronica’s apartment, Ralph D’s home and Cousin Julio’s place), and set designer Douglas McDermott does an outstanding job making those locations appear and re-appear.  Kudos to that hardworking stage crew who make the changes at a rapid-fire pace.

Lighting designer Andrew David Ostrowski also makes magic, giving each of the play’s locales a unique look.

Director Rich Keitel and his cast do their best, but they aren’t getting much help from this script.  Perhaps if playwright Guirgis had given one character worth rooting for, worth caring about Motherf**ker might be salvageable.  But as it stands, it’s not.

The Motherf**er With the Hat continues through December 7 at the New Hazlett Theater on Pittsburgh’s Northside.

– F.J. Hartland

LEG UP! Express Burlesque entertains at Off The Wall

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– Sexy, alluring and energetic describe the dancers in Express Burlesque, the first production of the newly formed (January 2013) Red City Live Entertainment. The four young dancers are all beautiful in their scant, but tasteful costumes. Picture lots of sequins, fringe, ruffles and high heeled boots. Oo, la, la!!

Jason Scattaregia, a gifted drummer, added live drum rhythms to the diverse, engaging pre-recorded music.  This throbbing, driving series of beats accentuated  perfectly the dancers moves which were sometimes sensual, sometimes teasing or tongue-in-cheek and even acrobatic. The music encompassed pieces from Bette Midler, Eartha Kitt, The Police and Led Zepplin, and Tchaikovsky-just to name a few. The bulk of the contemporary choreography was done by Elisa Alaio (Point Park grad) and some numbers were choreographed by Sean Van Der Wilt of Los Angeles.  Sean has performed with Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Beyonce.  The pieces were great fun to watch.  The audience could never be sure of what to expect.  There were hints of the Charleston, Can- Can and even a little of the Funky Chicken.

Each of the dancers, Brittany Marsicek, Cammi Nevarez, Allie Bath and Jada Paladino is a dance major at Point Park University. Each of them is amazing in their flexibility, style, stage presence and their mastery of dancing skills.

In the Christmas finale of the show Samuel Mancini,  Season 5 of NBC’s, THE VOICE sang a beautiful rendition of All I Want for Christmas. All I want for Christmas is the chance to see more live entertainment that is this enjoyable.

Susie Dohmlo, who formerly danced for Brockett Productions, and Reid Gustin are the producers of Red City Live. I congratulate them on a successful first production. Susie says that their next production is scheduled to open in April. She’s not giving away any of the details, not even a hint of what we should expect. That certainly piques my curiosity!

Express Burlesque is playing at the intimate Off The Wall theater in Carnegie, tonight, November 23 and next weekend 11/29 and 11/30.

– Lonnie the Theatre Lady

Point Park presents ‘The Alchemists’ Lab’

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Show runs Dec. 10-15 in Rauh Theatre at Pittsburgh Playhouse

PITTSBURGHPoint Park University presents an original, irreverent comedy, The Alchemists’ Lab, directed, written and devised by Gab Cody in collaboration with students of the Conservatory Theatre Company.

Under the master tutelage of seriously funny playwright, filmmaker and storyteller, Gab Cody, Point Park students have created a work never before seen anywhere. Ever. This amalgamation of wild characters, intricate storylines, improvisation and stand-up humor is loosely based on Ben Johnson’s comedy, The Alchemist, first performed in 1610, and twisted into a more contemporary satire. The wildly creative mind of Cody, a Point Park alum, fuels a theatrical experience not to be missed.

The Alchemists’ Lab opens Tuesday, Dec. 10 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.  Performances will be held Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. with one final show on Sunday at 7 p.m.  Tickets range in price from $18 to $20 and can be purchased by calling the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412.392.8000, or online at www.pittsburghplayhouse.com.

The Alchemists’ Lab features an all-student design team. Scenic design by Deborah Thomas, costumes by Kelsey Bower, lighting by Mike Papinchak, and sound by Brittany Mellerson. Layden Jenson-Bunch is the stage manager.

Classically trained actor, improviser and standup comedienne Gab Cody uses her skills to create hilarious, yet thought provoking works, be they inspired by Commedia Del Arte, Nietzsche, 1930s screwball comedy or 1960s horror films. Her plays have been staged at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York City’s Urban Stages, as well as Bricolage Theater Company’s 24-Hour play festival B.U.S., and nonameplayers’ SWAN Day festival. Her full-length play Prussia: 1866 received a staged reading at The Workshop Theatre in New York in January 2011. Her film works include shorts, documentaries and many PSAs, and have screened at Greetings From Pittsburgh: Neighborhood Narratives, the Cleveland International Film Festival, NYC Horror Film Fest, San Francisco Independent Film Festival, San Francisco’s Disposable Film Fest, and 11/22 International Comedy Short Film Festival in Vienna, Austria. Her bilingual Franco-English play, Fat Beckett, received a full production in December 2011 at Quantum Theater in Pittsburgh and was named a Top 10 Production of the Year by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Cody served as lead writer on Bricolage Production Company’s immersive urban adventure, STRATA, which was named best play of 2012 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.