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Oliver Twist opens at PICT, Yinz’r Scrooged at Bricolage and more

Area premieres by Stephen Adley Guirgis and Laura Brienza are also among the offerings

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The year’s final big week of theatrical openings includes the re-emergence, after layoffs and a canceled show this fall, of PICT Classic Theatre. Though still struggling financially (even as it plans its 2016 season), PICT stages Oliver Twist, artistic director Alan Stanford’s dramatic adaptation of the Dickens classic about an orphan adrift in London. The U.S. premiere of this family-friendly show features such local favorites as James FitzGerald (as Fagin), Karen Baum, Tony Bingham and Martin Giles. Staged in the Charity Randall Theatre, it’s also PICT’s final show in its longtime home at the Stephen Foster Memorial. Dec. 3-19. 4301 Fifth Ave., Oakland. $13-48. 412-561-6000 or www.picttheatre.org

Shaun Cameron Hall and Erika Cuenca in Scared of Sarah, at Off the Wall
  • Shaun Cameron Hall and Erika Cuenca in Scared of Sarah, at Off the Wall

Want more Dickens (sort of)? Also opening is Yinz’r Scrooged, Bricolage Production’s brand-new comedic (but family-friendly) parody that recasts famous Pittsburghers as characters from A Christmas Carol. The show is written by Bricolage’s Tami Dixon and done in the company’s Midnight Radio style, with live music and sound effects, and actors voicing multiple roles. The cast, directed by frequent Bricolage collaborator Sam Turich, features Midnight Radio vets Conor McCanlus, Lissa Brennan and Sheila McKenna. Dec. 3-19. 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $25-35. 412-471-0999 or www.bricolagepgh.org

Point Park University’s Conservatory Theatre Company has the local premiere of Our Lady of 121st Street, a 2002 comedy about the missing corpse of a popular New York City nun. The playwright is Stephen Adly Guirgis, who’s known for The Motherfucker With the Hat and Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, and who just won a Pulitzer for Between Riverside and Crazy. The director is Point Park grad Steven Wilson, who has credits here with No Name Players and is a founding member of the Chicago troupe The Hypocrites. Dec. 3-13. 222 Craft Ave., Oakland. $20-24. 412-392-8000 or www.pittsburghplayhouse.com

Off the Wall’s acting company has the area premiere of Scared of Sarah. Laura Brienza’s play — featured at the 2011 FringeNYC festival — follows a couple who are expecting, but who are in debt and fear that their unborn child might be autistic. The cast includes Erika Cuenca, Sarah Silk and Shaun Cameron Hall. The show, directed by Ingrid Sonnichsen, is at the company’s Carnegie Stage venue. Dec. 4-19. 25 W. Main St., Carnegie. $5-40. 724-873-3576 or www.insideoffthewall.com


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