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

 

Scrooged

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.

 

-MB

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
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, 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.

The “Buzz” from Buzzelli – the top To-Do’s THIS WEEKEND – 11/21 – 11/24

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Rowling with Laughter

Don’t have enough time to read all of the Harry Potter books? Don’t even have enough time to see all of the movies? Do we have an evening for you! “Potted Potter, the Unauthorized Harry Experience,” sums up all of the books in one brisk show. Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner take a magic broom ride from the boy wizard’s first day of school till his last.

You can fall under their magic spell at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street, Downtown Pittsburgh.

For more information, get your owl to deliver the latest issue of The Daily Prophet or just go here; http://trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/production/39141/potted-potter-the-unauthorized-harry-experience-a-parody-by-dan-and-jeff

 

Hat’s off

There’s an effing good time to be had over at the New Hazlett from now until December 1. You can see “Motherf**ker with the Hat” Things are starting to look up for recovering alcoholic, Jackie and his girlfriend Veronica – until Jackie spots another man’s hat in their apartment. Jackie embarks on a sublimely incompetent quest for vengeance.

This MFing thing is playing from November 21 until December 7 over at the New Hazlett, 6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh, PA.

Grab your hat and coat and head over, or just check things out here:  www.newhazletttheater.org

 

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

You will find a lot of puns, jokes and just good times at WordPlay; Transit Tales. WordPlay is a themed storytelling event set to music. If you want to hear great stories about planes, trains or automobiles jump on the bus or drive down to the Bricolage.

Moth StorySlam host Alan Olifson presents WordPlay: Transit Tales at the Friday November 22 at the Bricolage Theater, 937 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh.

 

Burlesque is Back

RED CITY presents Express Burlesque – an exciting burlesque-style dance review that combines an old burlesque feel with a provocative, yet classy, modern twist.  Gorgeous professional dancers will take you on an exciting musical journey that’ll make you want to get up and dance, with a holiday ending that is sure to set your holiday spirit a blazing.  At Off the Wall Theatre in Carnegie:  www.insideoffthewall.com  TICKETS: HERE

Who’s Big Screen Adventure

A 50 year-old television show goes 3D this weekend when “Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor” is up on the silver screen this Saturday. The explosive anniversary episode will be simulcast in England and America at the same time at selected cinemas.

Grab your sonic screwdriver, fire up the TARDIS and join the Doctor for the special event.

Or just go here: www.eventcinemas.com.au/movie/3D-Dr-Whos-50Th-Anniversary-Episode

 

And now a sixth thing…

Light ‘em Up

Friday, November 22 is the 53rd Annual Light Up Night. It’s Downtown Pittsburgh’s biggest party of the year.

Celebrate the upcoming holiday season with music, art, and fireworks. There’s a plethora of events in the city. For more information, go here: www.downtownpghholidays.com

 

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

Boys and girls: today’s word is BURLESQUE

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“Express Burlesque” presented by RED City Live Entertainment opens its holiday show at Off The Wall Theatre this weekend, and its the perfect opportunity for you to check and balance any preconceived notion you may have of this delightful art form.

You hear the word “burlesque.”  What’s the first thing that comes to mind?  If you said “pasties and a g-string, beer and a shot, Portland through a shotglass and a buffalo squeeze,” (or any derivative thereof), congrats – you’re in good company with most Americans.  But the art of Burlesque is more than skin deep.

First, let us consult Websters:

burlesque:  noun.  a literary or dramatic work that seeks to ridicule by means of grotesque exaggeration or comic imitation.

The word itself actually comes from the Italian “burla,” which is a joke or a mockery.

Burlesque is not pornographic.  So – how do we get from enjoying a comic imitation to the notion that we might not want to be seen exiting the building?  First, let’s accept that, as in the maligning of most things inherently enjoyable by human nature, religion is the number one party pooper.  If you liked it, you should be ashamed of yourself.  This considered, we can proceed.  “Burlesque,” as it was bandied about in the Victorian era, was a general term referring to theatre.  And what is theater but a portrayal, often sensational and exaggerated, of life?  The term even found itself applied to music, in compositions that perhaps had a self-aware sense of humor about themselves.

America has a knack for Americanizing things, and burlesque was spared no treatment.  As vaudeville theatre became prevalent throughout the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, featuring comedy acts, clowns, jugglers, singers, oddities, etc., the term “burlesque” was applied, differentiating it from “legitimate” theatre such as Shakespeare – which, ironically, was itself considered burlesque in its time and country of origin.  There was nothing dirty or shameful about it, and nobody was getting naked.  But at some point along the way, burlesque picked up the strip-tease.  This is a term that gets maligned as well.  A true burlesque striptease is a work of art.  It may actually be the closest tidbit of Americana to the highly respected Geisha culture of Japan.  Its all about the build-up, never the reveal.  The essence of the art is in what you don’t see rather than what you do see.  It is a dance – it is a performance.  Consider the alternative.  In my mind, the direct foil is Zorro, the Baltimore stripper often and fondly recalled by John Waters in his stage show “This Filthy World,” who “just walked out nude,” leaving nothing to the imagination, nor to artistic interpretation.  Bear in mind, burlesque shows were variety shows, and this dance was a welcome shift from the tap-dancing bowling pin juggler who had just taken his bow.  Don’t want to feel guilty about enjoying a true burlesque strip-tease?  Think of it as a “costume ballet.”  And this ballet fit within the parameters of burlesque, because it was entertainment.  An exaggeration, perhaps, of femininity itself.

I had to face the disconnect head on when in 2005, I began touring a musical comedy cabaret that I had written and produced entitled “Amish Burlesque.”  Insert chuckle.  Because the name itself is the very essence of burlesque.  A parody, a mockery.  The comedic formula is perfectly summed up in the opening number, during which the lead female (Goody Plenty), in black dress and white bonnet, enters to the tune of David Rose’s “The Stripper,” expressionless, takes off her sock, twirls it in the air, and shows off a bare ankle.  The show plays with your expectations by taking something that would typically not be thought of as sexy and funny, and treating it as if it were sexy and funny.  Really, the joke is on you.  Still, there were a few people who thought that, given the title, they’d see Amish ladies flashing their pumpkins.  Hey – if they bought a ticket, I was thrilled.  But the misconception was present.  In some ways, we used it to our advantage in promoting the show: “Girls Gone Mild!,” “The Cleanest Dirty Show in Town!,” etc.  The fact that the preconceived notion of burlesque could be comedically manipulated in such a manner speaks to how we’ve mislabeled this art form.

Is it cheeky?  Absolutely.  Is it risque?  Sometimes.  But its 2013.  A billowing dress and parasol is not going to go over the same way it did in 1902.  RED City gets this.  Express Burlesque combines an old burlesque feel with a provocative, yet classy, modern twist.  So enjoy!  And be thrilled that “burlesque is back!”  (That sounds nice to say with the alliteration and all, but truly, burlesque never went away).  This is a great chance to let your hair down and be entertained, and if you’ve never been to Off the Wall Theatre in Carnegie, what better occasion could there be?  You’ll find that the space is perfectly suited for a dance review of this kind, as well as the top-notch professional theatre that Off the Wall is turning out in its annual season.  So have a look.  The show runs through November 30th, and in fact, this may be the perfect night out for the crazy nut-ball family you’ll be spending Thanksgiving with.  Imagine the conversations you’ll have over leftover turkey.  “Leg” puns are already springing to mind.  Get your tickets here:  http://www.showclix.com/event/3783798   You’ll find that burlesque is a great deal more than just “showin’ your shimmy.”

– Brian Edward

 

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The “Buzz” from Buzzelli – This Weekend’s TOP-5 To-Do’s (11/14 – 11/17)

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Here are five fun things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend, November 14 – 17. I decided to wax nostalgia as I prepped this week’s list.

A Night at the Opera

A handsome young prince is given a magic flute and some silver bells and no one seems to realize it’s a phallic joke in “The Magic Flute.” Tamino, the aforementioned handsome prince, is lost in a distant land. It’s a lot like when Jimmy and his magic flute Freddy got trapped on the Living Island, but H.R. Puff N’ Stuff isn’t in this version (H.R. Puff N’ Stuff anyone?). The whole show is about witches, goddesses and true love. It’s just like a Sid and Marty Krofft production, but with better music. Actually, it’s Mozart and opera at its finest.

“The Magic Flute” is presented by the Pittsburgh Opera and runs from November 12 and runs through November 15 at the Benedum Center, 719 Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh.

 

But what’s the title of the show?

If you’re at the Grey Box between now and November 16 and you can see “title of show” here. But what’s the title of the show? Title of show. Is this starting to sound like an Abbott and Costello routine? “Title of show” is about two nobodies who write a completely original musical starring themselves and their two talented actress friends. It’s from the Company of Pittsburgh (which title also adds to the Who’s on First bit). Which company? The Company of Pittsburgh. But which company? Third base!

See the review elsewhere on this website!

The show continues through the weekend at the Grey Box Theatre, 3595 Butler Street, Lawrenceville.

 

One from the Neighborhood

Its music fit for a king. King Friday! Joe Negri takes the stage with Daniel May on Friday, November 15 (the puppet king’s favorite day). Negri bring his guitar, his good will, and big smile down to the Omni for some fun times. There will be no owl, pussycat or spinning museum-go-round, but there will be plenty of great music.

Take the trolley to the Omni William Penn, 530 William Penn Place; bypass the exit for Make Believe.

 

Artists United!

Come down to the James Gallery for Obscure/Reveal, a new show featuring contemporary works incorporating encaustic, the demanding and complex process of painting with hot wax.

See the work of Christine Aaron, Tracey Adams, Stephanie Armbruster, Karen Freedman and many more.

The show runs from November 16 to January 4 at the James Gallery. 413 South Main Street, Pittsburgh.

For more information, head to www.jamesgallery.net

 

Moving Pictures

Want to see movies from around the world right here in Pittsburgh? It’s not too late to catch some of the films from the Three Rivers Film Festival.  Last weekend they showcased movies from the Netherlands, Australia, Serbia and Poland all open Friday at the Waterworks Cinema, Harris Theater, Regent Square Theater and Melwood Screening Room respectively. There are more new premieres hitting Pittsburgh this week. It’s a movie lovers dream!

Catch director Ingrid Veniger’s funny, furry film about people in sheep’s clothing and other creatures in “The Animal Project.”  There are animated films, documentaries, old favorites and brand new films featuring everyone from Judi Dench to Jamel Shabazz.

Check out all the films here at www.3rff.com

 

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

 

-MB.

‘Burgh Vivant LIVE at Arcade Comedy Theater, Friday Nov. 15th

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‘Burgh Vivant will film live on Friday, November 15th from Arcade Comedy Theater at 10pm, as a prelude to an evening performance of the short play HOTLINE, by Cheryl Navo, produced by Thoreau, NM.

Over cocktails, Brian Edward, host of ‘Burgh Vivant, will interview Thoreau, NM Artistic Director Lance Eric-Skapura before a live audience on topics of theatre, the development of HOTLINE, and bizarre telephone trivia.  Questions will also be taken from the audience.  The live episode of ‘Burgh Vivant will be immediately followed by a performance of HOTLINE, starring Joel Ambrose, Lisa Germ, and Ayne Terciera.

HOTLINE is an award winning one-act play, featured recently in the 2013 Pittsburgh New Works Festival.  It follows the exploits of Operator 72, who is training to be a Counselor for the SILT (Socially Inappropriate Language Therapy) Hotline. SILT is a method of therapy invented by Dr. Fergus Guggenheim whose years of research led him to conclude that subjects in stressful situations were able to lower their stress levels and deal with their problems more effectively when they used socially inappropriate language to release negative energy. Operator 72s last hurdle before accreditation as a SILT counselor is a monitored solo call. Caller Janine telephones with a unique problem that she is unable to “swear” away.

Playwright Cheryl Navo is a Department of Defense employee stationed in Germany. She has been involved in community theatre since December 2009 when she played Sister Margaretta in the KMC Onstage production of “Sound of Music.” Cheryl directed “101 Dalmatians” for KMC Onstage, which garnered seven awards, including ‘Best Debut Director,’ during the 2011 U.S. Army Europe Festival of One Act Plays. She costumed “Seussical” and “Greater Tuna” for the Baumholder Hilltop Theater and was charge artist for KMC Onstage’s “Frozen,” for which she won three U.S. Army IMCOM-Europe 2012 Tournament of Plays ‘Toppers’ Awards. She wrote the one-act play, “Parade of Queens,” which garnered four awards during the 2013 U.S. Army Europe Festival of One Act Plays. Cheryl is cast as Meredith in the upcoming production of “Batboy: the Musical” and is directing “God of Carnage,” both for the Baumholder Hilltop Theater. “Hotline” is her second one-act play.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/505932

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