Wednesday, April 29, 2009
So can high schools. Are there any two less like the norm than CAPA and Schenley -- aka the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative And Performing Arts and Schenley-in-Exile?"
Although international touring 'has been adversely affected,' according to Pittsburgh Dance Council executive director and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust vice president for programming Paul Organisak, he is 'grateful that we will maintain six concerts this season.'"
At 22 middle and high schools, cyber and home schools in Westmoreland County, more than 100 students are sharing the anticipation of their counterparts in Disney's 'High School Musical 2.'"
'Every work next season is a Pittsburgh premiere,' says Paul Organisak, Dance Council's executive director. 'I love the way we're able to present the work of veterans, such as Twyla Tharp (performed by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet) and Margie Jenkins, along with the exciting new voices of Crystal Pite (Kid Pivot), Charlotte Vincent and Azure Barton (Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal).'"
Is it a murder mystery? A political satire?
Turns out it's neither, but rather a good old-fashioned comedy. So old-fashioned and family friendly, in fact, that it comes with 'rave reviews from the Vatican newspaper,' according to the Apple Hill theater office."
Take, for instance, the adult supervision at the College of Staten Island, where a mildly ribald farce entitled “The Well of Horniness” will be staged this week by a talented senior named Robert Mahoney. Originally, an excerpt of the play was also going to enjoy a place of honor on Thursday at an undergraduate research conference that serves as a showcase of student achievement.
Now it has become something else entirely."
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Now researchers at the Pittsburgh Science Learning Center -- a collaboration of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh -- say they've found a way to make homework more effective."
Now that the party is over, and with a deepening recession, Mayor Regis Labeaume wants to avoid an economic hangover. So he's struck a deal with two world-acclaimed Quebec acts -- artist and director Robert Lepage and the Cirque du Soleil -- to stage exclusive shows in the city over the next five years."
After having many email issues of my own, I developed what I like to call the air hockey strategy."
Monday, April 27, 2009
Choreographer Ron K. Brown found that crucial moment of inspiration in a conversation in 2006 with Neal Barclay, president of the August Wilson Center for African-American Culture. They were talking about Pittsburgh's jazz tradition and the work of photographer Charles 'Teenie' Harris."
The Pittsburgh Public Theater production of his play 'A Moon for the Misbegotten' runs just short of two hours and 50 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission."
She may have a case. For the last two months, Elton – standup comedian, Blackadder writer, Andrew Lloyd Webber collaborator, bestselling novelist and certifiable tabloid fodder in his home country of Britain – has been living a bachelor's life in the Manitoba capital."
Where it remained, oblivious to her, for the duration of the play.
I wondered, would it be inappropriate to request a tip for checking her coat? Or to write 'GET OFF OF ME!' on her hood with my Flair pen?
The latter, I was fairly sure, might be."
Health and safety experts yesterday said it was 'sheer luck' that neither of the children was killed during the accident at Portobello Town Hall in June 2007."
Friday, April 24, 2009
Some of the advice you read here might seem surprising or counter-intuitive. You may read hints you have never tried. The question is: Will you give them a go?"
Thursday, April 23, 2009
But it's usually stars of the two-legged variety that find their way to the bright lights of New York and beyond."
It's something she's confronting in her most recent play, 'Disinfecting Edwin,' which opens tonight at Open Stage Theater in the Strip District."
Not all at once, of course.
'We have six different casts of 50 each,' explains Karen Cordaro, the owner and artistic director of Act One Theatre School as well as the stage director for 'Willy Wonka.'"
They can't believe he left his wealth to a monastery. Something must be done. But when they hire the con man Gianni Schicchi to fake a new will, the joke's on them, because he takes it all."
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The creative team of 'CSI: Live' was very careful not to overstep the boundaries of good taste in the family-friendly stage adaptation of the popular 'CSI' television series."
Despite the lack of a cure, many people now are living with AIDS instead of dying from it. Cell phones, text messaging and Twitter have rendered answering machines and pay phones old-fashioned, and Mark Cohen's movie camera looks quaint."
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Rejecting the original 1971 off-Broadway concept as outmoded, Pittsburgh Musical Theater founding director Ken Gargaro is directing the production that opens tonight to appeal to a new generation of theatergoers."
Seventeen years ago, Atkins, a former Broadway actor and a Peters Township resident, played James Tyrone Jr., the young, eligible landowner in the Pittsburgh Public Theater's first production of the play."
One April performance of West Side Story has been officially cancelled, while 30 other performances that were selling poorly are 'on hold' as the festival's administration waits to see if ticket sales pick up and economic conditions improve. Ticket sales are down 15 per cent from last year at this time."
With the economy in tatters and the last decade's prosperity appearing a sham, some of the most influential tastemakers in comedy are turning to black humor and delusional characters to match the disaffected times."
Just thinking about the health insurance crisis in our country makes me want to throw up."
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Two directors at the playhouse, Artistic Director Carl Beck and Associate Director Susie Baer-Collins, have resigned their position after a dispute with the executive director over staff restructuring."
Manuel: I hate to see a beautiful woman crying.
Alex: So if I was ugly you wouldn’t care at all.
Manuel: That’s not what I meant."
Monday, April 13, 2009
It's true, 'The New Devil in Miss Jones' is hard-core pornography. But several hundred students expected to settle into soft green seats in a Carnegie Mellon University auditorium April 26 are a different kind of audience, likely to snack on popcorn, laugh and applaud as they witness a controversial expression of modern culture."
The majority of students who use Facebook every day are underachieving by as much as an entire grade compared with those who shun the site."
But if the stars of 'Raisin,' 'Purple' and Carlyle Brown's 'Pure Confidence' could see into the darkened playhouses, they might raise a question: Where is the black audience?"
Nobody likes the term because it implies a quota system. Some might presume that a play has been staged just to appease one target audience rather than for its value to the community as a whole. That can burden a play with lowered expectations before the curtain even rises."
Sunday, April 12, 2009
In the Summer of 1941 the exiled German playwright Bertolt Brecht crossed the Pacific from Vladivostok in the Soviet Union to San Pedro, California aboard the Swedish freighter the "Annie Johnson." In this lecture, Teschke describes the journey by sea that Brecht and his small entourage took through, and to, the Pacific "paradise" Brecht had often imagined and figured in his writing, and looks at the ways Brecht's experience in the United States and the "dream factory" of Hollywood sharpened and shaped his understanding of social relations and class in modern society.
In the Chosky, Monday April 13 5:00-6:30pm
The Annual School of Drama Awards
Sunday April 26, 2009 2:00pm-3:30pm
Philip Chosky Theater
This will be our last big Drama Celebration before we cheer at Graduation
Mingling with prestigious alumni from:
New York Drama Clan & West Coast Drama Clan
Meet our generous benefactors and guest presenters
Cheer for the Seniors and Grads as they join the Professional World of
Mark your Calendar
April 26, 2009
Chosky Theater 2:00pm-3:30pm
Tough Nut Cabaret
Directed by Robyn Archer
April 16-25; 8pm, 2pm Sat. Matinee
Call Box Office for More Information (412-268-2407)
Brecht on Broadway (Staged Reading)
Directed by Holger Teschke’s (former dramaturg at the Berliner Ensemble)
Purnell Center of the Arts—Studio A
Purnell Center for the Arts—Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theatre
Special Guests include Robyn Archer, Stephen Brockmann, Holger Teschke, Jonathan Eaton
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Purnell Center of the Arts—Room 103
Scene Design 1 and Sceneography classes will be showing works-in-progress from class projects focused on Brecht. Also, designs created by designer/professor Susan Tsu will be displayed.
In the Lobby
Taping April 30th, air date TBD
www.cfa.cmu.edu (Lab6 Conversations on how Art Impacts Life—at the bottom)
--will take you to an explanatory page
--3 links (info, media, subscription)
--click on “Media”
Coming Soon: http://laba6.cfa.cmu.edu
--to premiere in “Spring 2006”
Hosted by dramaturg, Brianna Allen
In the Rauh Studio Theatre following the show
Scene Design 1 with faculty member Anne Mundell
- Will be crafting scene design projects paralleling Brecht’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny with the history of
Sceneography with faculty members Narelle Sissons and Mariann Weems
- Will also be paralleling Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny with the history of
, but will be working in teams of designers and directors. Both classes have done intensive on-site and historical research about the Pittsburgh region. Pittsburgh
Basic Design with faculty member Susan Tsu
- Freshmen Design and Production students will be studying Brecht, his life, work, collaborators and influences and will culminate in in-class presentations and discussion.
Graduate Directing and senior actors with faculty members Mariann Weems
- Are collaborating in scenes from Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny in different styles.
Cross-disciplinary Scene Work with faculty members Stuart Carden and Cindy Limauro
· Junior directors, sophomore actors, junior lighting designers and first year grad lighting designers will be focusing on the process of designing and
directing for Brecht texts. Their research will result in the presentation of scenes in the light lab.
· Tues. April 28th: 3-5:30pm
History of Drama: Special Topics: Brecht with faculty member Wendy Arons
- This class will discuss the aesthetic theory and texts of Bertolt Brecht and how his work was received in his time and how it functions in a contemporary context.