Thursday, September 6, 2012

Fall Arts Preview: Stage - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

The amazing "War Horse," winner of five Tony Awards including best play of the 2010 season, opens the PNC Broadway Across America -- Pittsburgh subscription season with gasp-worthy puppet artistry demonstrated at a March preview show. The play arrives at the Benedum Center Nov. 13, part of a gallop of recent Broadway and off-Broadway offerings on local stages throughout the 2012-13 season.

Pittsburgh Public Theater opens with Garson Kanin's classic 1940s comedy "Born Yesterday," with Melissa Miller as Billie Dawn, the mistress of a corrupt businessman (Ted Koch). Billie yearns for knowledge and gets an education from a journalist (Daniel Krell).

The play provides the theme for the first two entries in the Public's Town Hall Project: "Born Again: Local Women Discuss How They Became Empowered to Follow a Dream." The panels, moderated by KDKA-TV's Lynne Hayes-Freeland, are at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 and 6-9 p.m. Nov. 19, the latter including an hourlong Volunteer Expo sponsored by Yelp.

City Theatre opens with "Maple & Vine," which The New York Times called a "dark whimsy" when it premiered at Playwrights Horizons, and then gets hyper-local with the debut of "South Side Stories," Tami Dixon's gathering of residential tales from the Flats to the Slopes, woven into a dynamic one-woman show.

FALL THEATER SCHEDULES

APPLE HILL PLAYHOUSE: Manor Road, off Route 22, Delmont; www.applehillplayhouse.org; 724-468-5050. "Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge" (Sept. 20-23 and 27-30).

AUGUST WILSON CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE: 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown; www.augustwilsoncenter.org or www.pghplaywrights.com; 412-258-2700. "Gem of the Ocean" (Sept. 11, 18; Oct. 2, 9).

BALD THEATRE: Grey Box Theatre, 3595 Butler St., Lawrenceville; www.baldtheatre.org; 412-563-3357. "The Burnt Part Boys" (through Sept. 8).

BRICOLAGE: 937 Liberty Ave., first floor; 412-381-6999. Midnight Radio 4: "Secret Agents & Spies" (Sept. 20-22 and 28-29); "Pittsburgh Ghost Stories" (Oct. 25-Nov. 3); "Cult Movie Classics" (Nov. 29-Dec. 8).

BROADWAY AT HEINZ HALL: 600 Penn Ave. at Sixth Street, Downtown; pso.culturaldistrict.org; 412-392-4900 or 1-800-743-8560. "Chicago" (Nov. 8-11); "Catch Me If You Can" (Dec. 26-30).

CARAVAN THEATRE OF PITTSBURGH: 937 Liberty Ave., 3rd floor, Downtown; caravantheatreofpittsburgh.com. "800 Words: The Transmigration of Philip K. Dick" (Sept. 14-16, 20-23, 27-30).

CITY THEATRE: Bingham and 13th streets, South Side; www.citytheatrecompany.org; 412-431-CITY. Young Playwrights Festival (Oct. 2-10); "Maple and Vine" (Oct. 13-Nov. 4); Seth Rudetsky's "Big Fat '70s Show" (Oct. 25-28); "South Side Stories" (Nov. 10-Dec. 16).

CRESSON LAKE PLAYHOUSE: 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto; www.cressonlake.com; 1-814-472-4333. "Come Blow Your Horn" (through Sept. 8); "Next to Normal" (Oct. 4-6, 11-13); "Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings" (Nov. 30-Dec. 2).

FUTURE TENANT: 819 Penn Ave., Downtown; futuretenant.org; 412-325-7037. "Suspicious Package" (Oct. 11-14).

LITTLE LAKE THEATRE: Route 19, North Strabane; www.littlelake.org; 724-745-6300. "Becky's New Car" (Sept. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22); "The 39 Steps" (Sept. 27-29; Oct. 4-6, 11-13); "Time Stands Still" (Oct. 18-20, 25-27, Nov. 1-3); "Black Tie" (Nov. 8-10, 15-17, 23-24); "A Christmas Story" (Nov. 29-Dec. 2; Dec. 6-9, 13-15).

MCKEESPORT LITTLE THEATER: 1614 Coursin St; mckeesportlittletheater.com; 412-673-1100. "The Drowsy Chaperone" (through Sept. 23); "Murder Among Friends" (Nov. 2-18).

MON RIVER ARTS: Grand Theatre, 207 Second Ave., Elizabeth; www.monriverarts.org; 412-384-0504. "Annie" (Dec. 7-9, 14-16).

MOUNTAIN PLAYHOUSE: Route 985, Jennerstown; www.mountainplayhouse.com; 1-814-629-9201, ext. 290. "The 39 Steps" (Sept. 18-30); "Nunsense Jamboree" (Oct. 2-14).

NEW CASTLE PLAYHOUSE: State Theater, 202 E. Long Ave., New Castle; www.newcastleplayhouse.org; 724-654-3437. "Postmortem" (Oct. 19-Nov. 4); "Cinderella" (Nov. 16-Dec. 2).

OFF THE WALL PRODUCTIONS: 25 W. Main St., Carnegie; wwwinsideoffthewall; 1-877-71-TICKETS. "The Other Place" (Oct. 12-27); "The Speed Queen" (Dec. 6-8); "Gruesome Playground Injuries" (Dec. 14-29).

PITTSBURGH CLO: Byham, 101 Sixth St., Downtown; www.pittsburghclo.org; 412-456-6666. "A Musical Christmas Carol (Dec. 7-23).

PITTSBURGH CLO CABARET: The Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown; www.clocabaret.com; 412-456-6666. "Dixie's Tupperware Party" (Sept. 6-Oct. 14); "A Grand Night for Singing" (Oct. 25-Jan. 20).

PITTSBURGH IRISH & CLASSICAL THEATRE: Stephen Foster Memorial, University of Pittsburgh, Oakland; www.picttheatre.org; 412-394-3353. "The School for Lies" (Nov. 29-Dec. 15).

PITTSBURGH MUSICAL THEATER: Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown; www.pittsburghmusicals.com; 412-456-6666. "Cinderella" (Oct. 25-28).

PITTSBURGH PLAYWRIGHTS THEATRE COMPANY: 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown; www.pghplaywrights.com; 412-394-3353. Theatre Festival in Black and White (Nov. 3-17).

PITTSBURGH PUBLIC THEATER: O'Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Downtown; www.ppt.org; 412-316-1600. "Born Yesterday" (Sept. 27-Oct. 28); "Good People" (Nov. 8-Dec. 9).

PNC BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA -- PITTSBURGH: Benedum Center and Heinz Hall; www.trustarts.org. "Jersey Boys" (Bendum; 412-456-4800; through Sept. 23); "Mary Poppins" (Benedum; 412-456-4800; Oct. 16-21); "Stomp" (Heinz, 412-392-4900; Oct. 30-Nov. 4); "Warhorse" (Benedum; 412-456-6666; Nov. 13-18).

POHL PRODUCTIONS: Crowne Plaza Cabaret Dinner Theatre, 164 Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park; 724-746-1178. "Lights! Camera! Murder!" (Oct. 27-Nov. 11); "A Funny, Nunny Christmas" (Nov. 30-Dec. 15).

PRIME STAGE: www.primestage.com; 412-394-3353. "Fahrenheit 451" (Nov. 2-11).

QUANTUM THEATRE: East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Highland Ave. www.quantumtheatre.com; 1-888-71-TICKETS. "Ainadamar" (Oct. 19-Nov. 3).

RED BARN PLAYERS: 1279 Route 288, Ellwood-Zelienople Road, Franklin; 724-773-7150; www.redbarnplayers.com. "Suds" (Sept. 14-29).

THE REP (the professional company of Point Park University): Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave., Oakland; 412-392-8000; www.pittsburghplayhouse.com. "August: Osage County" (Sept. 7-23); "Rope" (Sept. 28-Oct. 14).

SMITHFIELD STREET THEATER (featuring the New Olde Bank Players): 620 Smithfield St., Downtown; 412-251-7904; www.newobt.com. "Moll Flanders" (Sept. 14-15, 21-22); "Inside/Out: A Musical Revue" (Sept. 28-29); "Night Must Fall" (Oct. 19-20, 26-27).

SOUTH PARK THEATRE: Near South Park Fairgrounds, Corrigan Drive at Brownsville Road; www.southparktheatre.com; 412-831-8552. "Man From Earth" (through Sept. 15); "Songs for a New World" (Sept. 20-Oct. 6).

STAGE 62: Andrew Carnegie Free Library Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie; www.stage62.com; 412-429-6262. Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along" -- In Concert (Sept. 22).

THEATRE FACTORY: Third and Cavitt, Trafford; www.TheTheatreFactory.com; 412-374-9200. "Little Shop of Horrors" (Sept. 7-Sept. 23); "The Glass Menagerie" (Oct. 19-Nov. 4); "Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" (Nov. 29-Dec. 9).

THROUGHLINE THEATRE COMPANY: Greybox Theatre, 3595 Butler St., Lawrenceville; www.throughlinetheatre.org; boxoffice@throughlinetheatre.org. "The Miser" (Sept. 14-22).

VALLEY PLAYERS OF LIGONIER: Ligonier Theater, 210 W. Main St., Ligonier; www.valleyplayers.org; 724-238-6514. "Wait Until Dark" (Oct. 19-28).

SPECIALIZED

AMISH MONKEYS: The Factory, 7501 Penn Ave., Point Breeze; www.amishmonkeys.com; 412-243-5201. Interactive improv comedy (Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10).

FRIDAY NIGHT IMPROVS: Studio Theatre, basement of Cathedral of Learning, Pitt campus, Oakland; www.fnipgh.com; fnishowcase@gmail.com.

KEAN THEATRE: 5847 Meridian Road, Richland; www.keantheatre.com; 724-444-5326. "Born Yesterday" (Sept. 21-23, 28-30); "Nunsensations" (Nov. 10-11, 16-18).

KELLY-STRAYHORN THEATER: 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty; www.kelly-strayhorn.org or www.brownpapertickets.com. "MR. TOL E. RANCE" (Sept. 14-15); "Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner and The Farewell Speech" (Sept. 28-29); "Luke Murphy -- Drenched" (Nov. 16-17).

PALACE THEATRE: 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. 724-836-8000; www.thepalacetheatre.org. Stage Right's "Snow White the Musical" (Sept. 21-23); "The Blues Brothers Revue" (Oct. 4); "Deer Camp: The Musical" (Nov. 14); "Santa's Enchanted Workshop" (Nov. 25); Stage Right's "Annie" (Dec. 14-16).

PITTSBURGH NEW WORKS FESTIVAL: Father Ryan Arts Center, 420 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks; www.pittsburghnewworks.org; 412-771-3052. Readings and performances of one-act plays, with select playwrights matched with local companies (through Sept. 30).

PITTSBURGH SAVOYARDS: Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, Carnegie; www.pittsburghsavoyards.org or 412-734-8476. "The Yeomen of the Guard" (Oct. 14-21).

PITTSBURGH SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS: Various locations. "The Tempest" (through Sept. 24). www.pittsburghshakespeare.com.

OFF THE RECORD XII: "REASSESS THIS!": Byham Theater, Downtown (Oct. 4). www.offtherecordpgh.com; 412-456-6666.

COLLEGES

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY: Purnell Center, Oakland campus; www.drama.cmu.edu; 412-268-2407. "The Rivals" (Oct. 4-13); "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches" (Nov. 29-Dec. 8); "Macbett" (Dec. 5-8); Director Series: "Request Concert" (Oct. 10-12); "Murder of Crows" (Nov. 14-16); "Antigone" (Nov. 28-30).

PLAYHOUSE CONSERVATORY: Pittsburgh Playhouse of Point Park University, 222 Craft Ave., Oakland; www.pittsburghplayhouse.com; 412-392-8000. "The Producers" (Oct. 18-28); "Seven Guitars" (Nov. 8-18; Nov. 29-Dec. 2); "The Crucible" (Dec. 6-16).

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH: Stephen Foster Memorial theaters and Studio Theatre in the Basement of the Cathedral of Learning, Oakland; www.play.pitt.edu; 412-624-PLAY. Pitt Rep: "Her Hamlet" (Oct. 4-13); "Compleat Female Stage Beauty" (Nov. 8-18). Pitt Student Labs: "Tongues of Men and Angels" (Oct. 24-Nov. 1); "Columbinus" (Nov. 28-Dec. 7).

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY: Peter Mills Auditorium, Rockwell Hall; redmasquers.blogspot.com; 412-396-6215. "Pittsburgh Monologue Project" (Sept. 8); "The History of the Red Masquers Variety Show" (Sept. 27-29); "Be Our Guest" (Oct. 11-13, 18-20); "One Acts for Charity" (student written and directed, Dec. 5-8).

ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY: The Colonial Theatre in Massey Hall, Moon Campus; www.rmu.edu/theatre. "The Who's Tommy" (Oct. 3-7); "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" (Nov. 7-11).

SETON HILL: Reeves Theatre, Greensburg; www.setonhill.edu/academics/theatre; 724-838-4241. "The Frogs" (Sept. 28-Oct. 6); "The House of Bernarda Alba" (Nov. 9-17).

CHILDREN'S THEATER

BRICOLAGE (See listings above): "Midnight Radio Jr." (Oct. 13-14).

GEMINI CHILDREN'S THEATER: 7501 Penn Ave., Point Breeze. www.geminitheater.org ; 412-243-6464. "The Wizard of Oz" (Sept. 8-30); "Jack & the Beanstalk" (Oct. 20-Nov. 11); "Beauty & the Beast Holiday" (Nov. 24-Dec. 23).

KELLY-STRAYHORN THEATER (See listings above): "Halloween Mayhem," family performance and participation (Oct. 27).

WEST VIRGINIA PUBLIC THEATRE: Morgantown Event Center, Two Waterfront Place, Morgantown. W.Va.; www.wvpublictheatre.org; 1-877-999-WVPT. "Aladdin" (Dec. 8-22).

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