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August Wilson Center. Weekly offCenter performances (music, readings and more) in a lounge-style atmosphere, 5-9 p.m. every Thursday. 

First Voice Festival. A showcase for local and visiting African-American artists, performers, writers and musicians, through May 28 (August Wilson Center).

Louder Faster. City Theatre favorites Eric Simonson and Jeffrey Hatcher celebrate Pittsburgh-native playwright George S. Kaufman with this Kaufman-style farce involving ... George S. Kaufman, through May 29 (City Theatre).

Pump Boys and Dinettes. The perennially popular musical about the guys at a small-town gas station and the girls at the diner across the road, through May 29 (Actors Civic Theatre).

Steel Magnolias. Robert Harling's comedic drama about Southern ladies, though June 4 (South Park Theatre).

The Marvelous Wonderettes. A fictional singing group delivers this lightweight revue of pop hits of the late 1950s and '60s, created by Roger Bean. Pittsburgh premiere, through Oct. 2 (Pittsburgh CLO).

 

May

God of Carnage. The 2009 Tony-winner from Yazmina Reza (Art) finds two sets of parents at odds over a fistfight between their two young sons; Ted Pappas directs, May 26-June 26 (Pittsburgh Public Theater).

Mornings at Seven. Paul Osborn's comedy about a longtime bachelor bringing his girlfriend of 12 years home to meet his mother and her three sisters, all lifelong neighbors, May 26-June 11 (Little Lake Theatre Company).

The Taffetas. "Mr. Sandman," "Johnny Angel" and other chestnuts are on the bill in this musical review of '50s pop, May 26-June 11 (Apple Hill Playhouse).

9 to 5: The Musical. The recent Broadway musical comedy, based on the popular 1980 film about three secretaries plotting revenge on their boss, with a score by Dolly Parton, May 31-June 5 (Pittsburgh CLO).

 

June

Anthony Rapp joins City Theatre's Momentum '11 festival, June 2-5.
  • Anthony Rapp joins City Theatre's Momentum '11 festival, June 2-5.

Momentum '11. After a two-year hiatus, City Theatre's festival of new-play readings, workshops and more returns, featuring an appearance by actor Anthony Rapp as Andy Warhol in a reading of "rock musical murder mystery" POP!, June 2-5 (City Theatre).

Look Homeward, Angel. Ketti Frings' 1957 Pulitzer-winner, an adaptation of Thomas Wolfe's classic novel about a family running a boarding house in North Carolina, June 2-11 (The Summer Company).

King Hedley II. Eileen J. Morris directs August Wilson's play about an ex-con in the Hill District trying to redeem his life in the 1980s; to be performed at the August Wilson Center, June 2-12 (Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Co.).

Off Broadway. Renaissance City Choirs presents this tribute to off-Broadway shows, June 3-5 at the Bricolage Theatre space.

Joe Turner's Come and Gone. A directed reading of August Wilson's play set in the 1920s Hill District, June 6 only (August Wilson Center).

 Out of This Furnace. Early 1900s immigrant Braddock mill families are the heroes of Andy Wolk's adaptation of the 1941 Thomas Bell novel; Marci Woodruff directs, June 8-July 2 (Unseam'd Shakespeare).

Euridice and Orpheus. A contemporized musical take on the Greek legend by composer Ricky Ian Gordon, performed outdoors in Allegheny Cemetery, June 9-11 (Opera Theater of Pittsburgh).

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The Tennessee Williams classic about Brick, Big Daddy and Maggie the Cat, June 9-18 (Throughline Theatre Company).

eLove. Two people find each other online in Wayland Pickard's "muiscal.com/edy." June 9-25 (South Park).

Violet Sharp. Area playwright William Cameron's take on the true story of the young British domestic who came under suspicion in the Lindbergh kidnapping; Cameron directs, June 9-25 (Terra Nova Theatre Group).

The Book of Liz. Siblings Amy and David Sedaris wrote this comedy, billed as an "Amish picaresque"; Don DiGiulio directs its Pittsburgh premiere, June 10-25 (No Name Players).

Underground Readings. Local professional actors perform in directed readings of new works by area playwrights in this series at Lawrenceville's Grey Box Theatre. Playwrights include Gab Cody, Kim El, Robyne Parrish, T.S. Frank, Dennis Schebetta, Matt Henderson, Kyle Bostian and Ginny Cunningham, June 13-22 (Terra Nova).

Jekyll & Hyde. Lesle Bricusse and Frank Wildhorn's musical adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic; as he did in 2002, Kevin Gray plays the title characters, June 14-26 (CLO).

Midnight Radio. Bricolage Production Co.'s live, vintage-radio-style series (complete with sound effects and ad spoofs) continues with a "Superhero Edition," June 16-25 (Bricolage).

Stanton's Garage. A Chicago surgeon and her fiancé's teen-age daughter are stranded in a small-town Missouri service station in Paul Osborn's comedy, June 16-July 2 (Little Lake).

The Laramie Project. Moísé's Kaufman's acclaimed drama about the aftermath of the 1998 murder of gay Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard, with eight actors portraying more than 60 characters, June 17-25 (New Olde Bank Theatre).

The Ladies Man. Feydeau's famous farce about a doctor and his one small lie, adapted by Charles Morey, June 23-July 9 (Apple Hill).

House & Garden. The Pittsburgh premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's devilishly clever duo of farces, both set in the home of a wealthy British philanderer with political ambitions .... and staged as two separate plays to be performed simultaneously in two different theaters with the same cast, June 23-July 17 (Pitttsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre).

Into the Woods. The classic Sondheim musical tweaking fairy tales, staged at the New Hazlett Theater, June 24-July 3 (Carnivale Theatrics).

A Hotel on Marvin Gardens. A magazine publisher, editor and restaurant critic are inadvertently joined by a grade-school teacher for a round of Monopoly in Nagle Jackson's satiric comedy about class conflict, June 30-July 16 (South Park).

 

July

Comic Potential. In the near future, a robotic actress learns the ropes of comedy in Alan Ayckbourn's, well, comedy, July 7-23 (Little Lake)

Love Changes Everything. A full orchestra and large cast of singers and dancers combine for this revue celebrating the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, July 8-14 (CLO).

Rhinoceros. Ionocesco's classic about a small town whose residents are slowly turning into rhinos, July 14-23 (Summer Company).

Trespass Performing Artist Residency Series. "Gorgeous Taps and the Reality Show," (Future Tenant), July 19-30. 

The Sound of Music. Go climb an Alp with the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, July 19-31 (CLO).

Midnight Radio. Bricolage Production Co.'s live, vintage-radio-style series (complete with sound effects and ad spoofs) continues with "Cowboys and Aliens," July 21-30 (Bricolage).

Dead Man's Cell Phone. A new theater company premieres with a staging of Sarah Ruhl's 2007 dark comedy about a woman who answers a phone that belongs to a dead guy, July 21-31 (Organic Theater Pittsburgh). 

The Full Monty. The musical comedy based on the hit movie about laid-off British mill workers who become strippers, July 21-31 (Stage 62).

The Kitchen Witches. Caroline Smith's 2005 comedy about warring cable-access cooking hostesses, July 21-Aug. 6 (South Park).

Man of La Mancha. The perennially popular Dale Wasserman musical adaptation of Don Quixote, with songs like "The Impossible Dream" and "Dulcinea," July 21-Aug. 6  (Apple Hill). 

The Moral Abyss. New Olde Bank's annual festival of new one-act plays, July 22-30 (New Olde Bank).

Othello. Shakespeare's classic of jealousy and revenge, July 28-Aug. 6 (Throughline).

The Love List. Norm Foster's comedy about a guy whose best friend buys him a matchmaking service for his 50th birthday, July 28-Aug. 13 (Little Lake).

Twelfth Night. Shakespeare's comedy, directed by Karla Boos and starring Robin Walsh, July 28-Aug. 21 (Quantum Theatre).

The Mistakes Madeline Made. "An unlikely story of love and dirty people," including a woman who develops a fear of bathing, directed by Marci Woodruff, July 29-Aug. 13 (No Name Players).

 

August

Trespass Performing Artist Residency Series. "Dani Lamorte with Drive By Drag," Aug. 1-6 (Future Tenant). 

Jesus Christ Superstar. Pittsburgh native turned Broadway performer Billy Porter is Judas to rising star Doug Kreeger's Jesus in the Rice-Webber favorite, Aug. 2-14 (CLO).

The Importance of Being Earnest. In Connall Morrison's adaptation, Oscar Wilde (played by stage luminary Alan Stanford) stages his 1895 classic with an all-male cast, and starring himself as Lady Bracknell, Aug. 4-27 (PICT).

George M. "Song and dance man" Jeremy Czarniak stars in this musical life story of "Yankee Doodle Dandy" composer George M. Cohan, from child vaudevillian to king of Broadway, Aug. 5-21 (Theatre Factory).

Trespass Performing Artist Residency Series. "Come To Our Party, Dress in White," Aug. 8-13 (Future Tenant).

The Psychic. Sam Bobrick's comic mystery, Aug. 11-27 (South Park).

Midnight Radio. Bricolage Production Co.'s live, vintage-radio-style series (complete with sound effects and ad spoofs) continues with "The Incredible Audio World of Pittsburgh Sports," Aug. 18-27 (Bricolage).

Jane Austen's Emma. Michael Bloom adapted this romantic comedy from Austen's classic about an aspiring young matchmaker, Aug. 18-Sept. 3 (Little Lake).

Whose Wives Are They Anyway? Michael Parker's farce about a couple of corporate executives on a golfing weekend, Aug. 18–Sept. 3 (Apple Hill).

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee's classic, Aug. 25-Sept. 3 (Summer Company).

 

September

Vanities. Jack Heifner's 1976 drama follows three women friends from high school into adulthood, Sept. 1-17 (South Park).

 

 

KIDS' THEATER

 

Current

Peter & The Wolf. The Pittsburgh premiere of Allison Gregory's new version of the Prokofiev classic, through May 29 (Playhouse Jr.).

Pittsburgh's Mr. Aviation. Pittsburgh premiere of local playwright Yoli's telling of the story of local air-travel pioneer Clifford Ball, through May 29 (Playhouse Jr.).

 

May

The Diary of Anne Frank. A new adaptation of the touchstone book written by a Jewish girl hiding from the Nazis, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, May 27-June 12 (Playhouse Jr.).

 

June

Beauty and the Lonely Beast. Eleanor Hardin's adaptation of the classic fairy tale, June 21-July 1 (Johhny Appleseed Children's Theatre).

Dooby Dooby Moo. Farm animals prepare for a talent show in this adaptation of the book by Doreen Cronin, June 22-July 9 (Looking Glass Theatre).

 

July

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. A version of the famous Oz story, adapted by Steve and Kathy Hotchner, July 5-15 (Johnny Appleseed).

A Peter Rabbit Tale. Sarah Brandt's musical adaptation of several of Beatrix Potter's stories about BUNNIES, July 13-30 (Looking Glass).

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. A musical adaptation of the fairy tale, by Tim Kelly, with music and lyrics by Bill Francoer, July 19-29. (Johnny Appleseed)

 

August

Let Your Hair Down, Rapunzel. The story of the long-tressed damsel in song, by Karen Boettcher-Tate, with music and lyrics by Scott Deturk, Aug. 2-12 (Johnny Appleseed).

Miss Nelson Is Missing. Saddled with a nasty substitute, misbehaving schoolkids look for their original teacher in Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of the book by Harry Allard and James Marshall, Aug. 3-20 (Looking Glass).

 

 

Dance

Bodiography Contemporary Ballet Company. Heart (Function vs. Emotion), a work about the emotional and medical journey of heart disease, June 4 (Byham Theater). 

Carnegie Performing Arts Center. Dazzling Dance, the Center's year-end recital: dancers ages 3 to 18 performing original choreography June 4 and 5 (Carnegie Music Hall, Carnegie). 412-279-8887.

Duquesne University Tamburitzans. The famed Eastern European folk-dance troupe performs at Hartwood Acres, Aug. 28 (www.duq.edu/tamburitzans). 

Jones Summer Dance Intensive. Dance Alloy artistic director Greer Reed-Jones' program for young dancers concludes with two days of performances, Aug. 20 and 21. (Dance Alloy studios, Friendship; 412-363-4321).

Mid-Atlantic Contemporary Ballet. The visiting professional company presents Progression, a mix of contemporary ballet and modern dance, June 24 (Father Ryan Arts Center, McKees Rocks). www.macballet.org

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School Spring Performance. Student and pre-professional divisions perform new and classic works, Fri., May 27. Byham Theater. 412-281-6727.

The Pillow Project's Second Saturdays - COURTESY OF CASSIE KAY PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Courtesy of Cassie Kay Photography
  • The Pillow Project's Second Saturdays

The Pillow Project. The troupe's fourth season of Second Saturdays (multimedia performance in a casual atmosphere) continues with shows June 11, July 9 and Aug. 13. (The Space Upstairs, Point Breeze). www.pillowproject.org

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. The PBT holds its annual free show at Hartwood Acres, Aug. 18 (www.pbt.org).

Pittsburgh Pride. A Pittsburgh PrideFest dance showcase features The Pillow Project, Michael Walsh (of Dance Alloy) and more outdoors, Downtown, June 12. (www.pittsburghpride.org).

Texture Contemporary Ballet. A new company featuring current and former dancers from Pittsburgh Ballet and other top companies debuts, July 8 and 9 (New Hazlett). 

Visionary Performing Arts Academy. Dancers ages 2-18 perform It's a Family Affair, a work celebrating family, June 19 (Byham Theater). www.visionaryperformingarts.com

 

 

Comedy

The Amish Monkeys. Improv comedy. June 11, July 9 and Aug. 13 (Gemini Theater). www.amishmonkeys.com

Byham Theater. John Pinette, June 11. 412-456-6666

Cabaret at Theatre Square. Pittsburgh Improv Jam (weekly Thursday-night showcase for local improv comedians). Pittsburgh Improv All*Stars, May 28, June 25, July 30 and Aug. 27. Tom Rocco's My Big, Fat, Proposition 8 Wedding CD-release show, June 5; John McIntire Dangerously Live Comedy Talk Show (topical discussion), June 11. 412-325-6769

Aziz Ansari, June 16 at the Carnegie Music Hall in Homestead
  • Aziz Ansari, June 16 at the Carnegie Music Hall in Homestead

Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead. Paula Poundstone, June 3; Aziz Ansari, June 16; Joe Rogan, June 25. 412-368-5225

The Funny Bone. Chuck Krieger, June 3-4; Frank Santorelli, June 10-11; Coleman Green with Mark Matusoff, June 17-18; Chad Miller, June 24-25. 412-420-4242

The Improv Hannibal Buress, May 26-29; Four Jagoffs, June 2; Jay Mohr, June 3-5; Greg Warren, June 9-12; Bella Capelli Academy, a Paul Mitchell Partner School, presents ..., June 12; Tricks and Jokes, June 16; Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan of Broken Lizard, June 17-19; Illegal Restraint, June 22; Ralphie May, June 23-26; Anthony Jeselnik, June 30- July 3; Shawn and  Marlon Wayans, July 7-10; Sebastian Maniscalco, July 14-17; DeRay Davis, July 21-24; Tommy Johnagin, July 28-31; Craig Shoemaker, Aug. 5-7; J.RUSS, Aug. 10; John Witherspoon, Aug. 12-14; Greg Proops, Aug. 19-21; Sommore, Aug 26-28. The Waterfront, West Homestead, 412-462-5233

Irony City Comedy Troupe. Monthly performances, June 17, July 22, Aug. 26 (Steel City Improv Theater). www.ironycity.com

Shadow Lounge. Monthly comedy nights, hosted by Davon Magwood, June 20, July 18 and Aug. 15. East Liberty. 412-363-8277

 

 

Readings

Carnegie Library Sunday Poetry & Reading Series. The Cyberpunk Apocalypse, June 19; Ellen Smith, July 17; David Herrle, Aug. 21. Carnegie Library-Main, Oakland. 412-622-3114

David McCullough Book Launch. The Pulitzer-winning Pittburgh-native historian discusses his latest, The Greater Journey, about the American experience in Paris, June 11 (Heinz History Center, Strip District, 412-454-6000).

Fleeting Pages. The temporary "pop-up" bookstore hosts readings and workshops including the Fleeting Pages Poetry Slam, hosted by Kelli Stevens Kane, May 31. East Liberty. www.fleetingpages.com

Hemingway's Summer Poetry Series. Nikki Allen, Angele Ellis, Timons Esaias, Justin Hopper, May 31; Deborah Bogen, Ellen McGrath Smith, Rosaly DeMaios Roffman, June 7; Jill Khoury, Roberta Hatcher, Steve Murabito, Mike Schneider, June 14; Renee Alberts, Michael Simms, Michael Wurster, June 21; Walt Peterson, Judith Robinson, Sankar Roy, Arlene Weiner, June 28; Jay Carson, Joseph Karasek, Romella Kitchens, Richard St. John, July 5; Pablo Neruda's Birthday / Bastille Day Reading (Joan E. Bauer, Ed Carvalho, Kristofer Collins, Ziggy Edwards, Kelli Stevens Kane), July 12; Jan Beatty, Ed Ochester, Stacey Waite, July 19. Hemingway's Café, Oakland. jbauer103w@aol.com

Modern Formations Gallery. Don Wentworth's Past All Traps book release, June 11 (Garfield).

Mystery Lovers Bookshop. Jackie Richards, June 5; Craig Johnson, June 7; Thomas Kaufman, July 9; Kathryn Miller Haines, July 9 (Oakmont, 412-828-4877).

Keith Donohue reads at Writers Live, June 23.
  • Keith Donohue reads at Writers Live, June 23.
Theresa Brown reads at Writers Live, July 28.
  • Theresa Brown reads at Writers Live, July 28.

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures. Writers Live series: Novelist Keith Donohue (Centuries of June), June 23; nurse and author Theresa Brown (Critical Care), July 28 (both at the Carnegie Library Main Branch, Oakland). Also: The Moth Mainstage (storytelling), Aug. 25 (New Hazlett Theater, North Side). 412-622-8866

Steel City Poetry Slam. Monthly spoken-word competition, June 21, July 19 and Aug. 16. Shadow Lounge, East Liberty. 412-362-8277

 

 

Theater Companies and Venues 

Amish Monkeys. Point Breeze, www.amishmonkeys.com.

Actors Civic Theatre. Father Ryan Arts Center, McKees Rocks, www.actorscivictheatre.com.

Apple Hill Playhouse. Delmont, 724-468-5050.

August Wilson Center. Downtown, 412-258-2700.

Bricolage Theatre. Downtown, 412-394-3353.

Byham Theater. Downtown, 412-456-6666.

Carnivale Theatrics. North Side, 412-320-4610.

City Theatre. South Side, 412-431-2489.

Future Tenant. Downtown, www.futuretenant.org.

Johnny Appleseed Children's Theater. Delmont, 724-468-5050.

Little Lake Theatre. Canonsburg, 724-745-6300.

Looking Glass Theatre. Canonsburg, 412-561-4402.

New Hazlett Theater. North Side, 412-320-4610.

New Olde Bank Players. Verona, 412-251-7904.

No Name Players. Various locations, www.nonameplayers.org.

Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. Lawrenceville, 412-621-1499.

Organic Theater Pittsburgh. Various locations, 412-480-1379.

Pittsburgh CLO. Downtown, 412-325-1582.

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Co. Oakland, 412-561-6000.

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Co. Downtown, www.pghplaywrights.com.

Pittsburgh Public Theater. Downtown, 412-316-1600.

Playhouse Jr. Oakland, 412-621-4445.

Playhouse REP. Oakland, 412-621-4445.

Quantum Theatre. Various locations, 412-697-2929.

South Park Theatre. South Park, 412-831-8552.

Stage 62. Carnegie, 412-429-6262.

Steel City Improv Theater. North Side, www.ironycity.com.

The Summer Company. Duquesne University, Uptown. 412-243-5201.

Terra Nova Theatre Group. Washington, Pa., terranovatheatre@comcast.net.

The Theatre Factory. Trafford, 412-374-9200.

Throughline Theatre Company. Brookline, www.throughlinetheatre.org.

Unseam'd Shakespeare. Oakland, 412-621-0244.

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