By the end of this review, you will know these names and the order in which to say them! Lonnie the Theater Lady gives her take on the 2013 Tony Award-winning play VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, by Christopher Durang, directed by Tracy Brigden, playing at City Theatre Oct. 12th – Nov. 3rd. We hope that you, and you, and you, and you enjoy! (Photos by Alex Jones) Continue reading “Review – VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, City Theatre (10/12-11/3)”
Get a peek inside Off The Wall, Pittsburgh’s Regional Theater Company! Artistic Director Virginia Wall Gruenert reveals the origins of Off The Wall Productions, and her inspirations as an actress and playwright. Impressed? Intrigued? See this dynamic company in action with its production of “The Zero Hour” by Madeleine George, directed by Robyne Parrish, Oct 25 through Nov 9th. www.insideoffthewall.com Continue reading “VIRGINIA WALL GRUENERT – Artistic Director, Off The Wall Productions”
Rage of the Stage Players has its own special tassel on the edge of Pittsburgh fringe theatre, and this week Artistic Director James Michael Shoberg puts back a martini with host Brian Edward and reveals what special qualities set Rage apart from the rest. PLUS – get an inside look at the upcoming premiere of “The Picture of Dorian Gray” opening October 18th! Want more? Listen to “The Full Martini,” the complete unedited interview in podcast, to hear Jim’s thoughts on costumed burglars, the ideal Batman story, and the shocking revelation of the portrait in Brian Edward’s attic that’s getting YOUNGER. What does it all mean? Continue reading “JAMES MICHAEL SHOBERG – Artistic Director, Rage of the Stage Players”
Who doesn’t love a good british murder farce? Lonnie stops by the ‘Burgh Vivant bar to share her thoughts on “Accomplice,” the riotous comedy now playing at Little Lake Theatre. She tries her best not to reveal any of the play’s many surprises, but dishes plenty on playwright Rupert Holmes. “Accomplice” runs through Oct. 12th at Little lake: www.littlelake.org Continue reading “REVIEW: “Accomplice” – Little Lake Theatre Company”
Lonnie “the theater lady” shares her thoughts on “Our Town,” performing Sept 26 through Oct 27 at Pittsburgh Public Theatre, directed by Ted Pappas. No single script has plagued Lonnie’s extensive theater-going history more than this well-known American classic. Will the Public’s production change her tune?
We all want to be Snoopy, but most of us are just scraping by as Charlie Brown. This week on ‘Burgh Vivant, Executive director and founder of Pittsburgh’s ToonSuem Joe Wos describes how cartoons reflect all of us – the good, the bad, and the funny. Find out why our fair city is the birthplace of pop culture, and just why cartoons are so culturally important. Also: does Pittsburgh lack conviction – and is it a good thing? Dueling beards in this one! (Spoiler alert: Joe’s wins.) Get more “Wisdom of Wos” in “The Full Martini” – the complete, unedited interview in audio podcast to hear the Cartoon King’s take on Pittsburgh’s recent yarn-bombing, the liberties of Liberty Avenue, and the allure of Bugs Bunny – in and out of drag. You may never look at a cartoon the same way again! Continue reading “JOE WOS – Executive Director & Founder, ToonSeum”
The laughs are inevitable as comedian and author Michael Buzzelli sits down for a cocktail to promote his new book and discuss the mechanics of humor. It’s one of ‘Burgh Vivant’s most riotous interviews to date! Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete unedited interview in podcast to catch all the hilarity including Mike’s take on pop music, Pittsburgh vs. Los Angeles, The Ethel Merman Disco Album, writing Charles Nelson Reilly’s obituary, and The Maltese Falcon. Also – where were YOU the night Eartha Kitt died? Continue reading “MICHAEL BUZZELLI – Author, Comedian, Columnist”
Pittsburgh’s got talent – and no one likes to showcase it more than Nancy Mosser! ‘Burgh Vivant gets the dish on insider information from the casting industry, and of course, the Pittsburgh filming of the BATMAN movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.” Just what is host Brian Edward’s unlikely connection to the film? Listen to the “Full Martini” – the entire interview in podcast, to get the scoop and to hear Nancy discuss her showbiz roots, working with Tom Cruise, “Driving Mr. Rogers,” the importance of the PA Film Tax Credit, and what to shave/not shave!
Pondering the meaning of life, or longing to discover the greatest art form on the planet? 3rd Street Gallery may hold the answers to these mysteries – and more! Pittsburgh artist Phil Savato shares his philosophy on the inspirational beauty of the ‘Burgh and working in the nude. Don’t miss “The Full Martini” – the complete interview unedited in podcast, to gain more insight on the nexus of creative energy that is 3rd Street Gallery, and to hear Phil’s thoughts on a particular art installation of colossal proportions.
Continue reading “Philip Salvato – Artist/Owner, 3rd Street Gallery”
The “post-mortem” on Phipps Conservatory’s rare CORPSE FLOWER! ‘Burgh Vivant host Brian Edward catches up with Phipps Curator of Horticulture, Ben Dunigan during the Corpse Flower’s ultra-limited once-per-decade 48 hour bloom period. If you missed it, catch the exotic plant in action here – as well as the scoop on the flower’s unique attributes, horror film director George Romero’s visit to Phipps, and input from the Corpse Flower’s adoring fans! It’s pretty to look at, stinky to smell,… but does it bite??? ‘Burgh Vivant finds out! Continue reading “Ben Dunigan – Curator of Horticulture, Phipps Conservatory”