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The meaning of life: math and literature collide in new play

The meaning of life: math and literature collide in new play

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

March 30, 2016

Turns out “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” might have been on to something. While the meaning of life might not in fact be the number 42, a new play at the Henry Heymann Theater suggests literature scholars and math nerds can learn a lot from each other. “The Mathematics of Being Huma...

Conversation spoils dinner, not thought in ‘Disgraced’

Conversation spoils dinner, not thought in ‘Disgraced’

By Madeline Franke / for The Pitt News

March 21, 2016

What’s the difference between living in America and being American? Ayad Akhtar’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning play “Disgraced,” which debuted at Pittsburgh Public Theater March 10, and runs through April 10, breaks down the complexities behind citizens’ dual identities. The one-act play, ...

‘Fences’ finds fresh audience at staged reading

‘Fences’ finds fresh audience at staged reading

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

March 16, 2016

The title of August Wilson’s “Fences” might sound like a dividing play, but Wednesday afternoon it united an auditorium full of people. Visiting anthropology professor Philip Kao’s Intro to Cultural Anthropology class hosted a two-day “Fences” excerpt reading, which drew about 70 students an...

Ivory cast: Pitt theater debuts “Rhinoceros”

Ivory cast: Pitt theater debuts “Rhinoceros”

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

February 18, 2016

Even the most outlandish trends, be it political ideology or viral internet meme, can generate a following — even rhinoceroses.  Tonight, Pitt’s theater department will put that theory into practice in its debut production of French playwright Eugéne Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros,” which runs fr...

‘Good Kids’ arrives at Pitt

‘Good Kids’ arrives at Pitt

By Valkyrie Speaker & Brady Langmann / The Pitt News Staff

November 12, 2015

We’re all good kids, every one of us. That’s what the ensemble of playwright Naomi Iizuka’s “Good Kids” keep telling each other throughout Pitt Stages’ latest production, inspired by real events from a 2012 high school sexual assault case in Steubenville, Ohio. But when the story rewinds t...

Improv-ing Pittsburgh: The Maker Theater welcomes wacky, weird productions

Improv-ing Pittsburgh: The Maker Theater welcomes wacky, weird productions

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

November 5, 2015

When comedian D.J. Kingston wanted to make an improv show about his schizophrenia in 2012, only one theater agreed to stage it. That host, then known as Steel City Improv Theatre, was famous for its comedy lessons, improv team and saying yes to even the wildest ideas. The theater, which opened in...

Triple play: Pittsburgh Ballet Theater debuts with decorated bill

Triple play: Pittsburgh Ballet Theater debuts with decorated bill

By Yesh Patel / for The Pitt News

October 19, 2015

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will begin its season this weekend with an energized bill of three classic ballets spanning time and place. “Mixed Repertory #1,” which plays from Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Benedum Center, evades themes and categorization with masterworks from Ru...

Burr talks comedy, career

Burr talks comedy, career

By Dan Sostek / Contributing Editor

October 7, 2015

As a stand-up comedian, actor, podcaster, amateur drummer and now animated series star, Bill Burr is a bit of a renaissance man. The edgy comedian will show off the first of those talents in Pittsburgh on Oct. 22, as he’ll perform two stand-up shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall. Tickets are $49.25....

The Moth mainstage showcases premier storytelling

The Moth mainstage showcases premier storytelling

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

September 30, 2015

From pagan fundraisers to emergency room tables and jury rooms, popular storytelling podcast The Moth turns everyday experiences into unforgettable storytelling. Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting literary arts, presented the traveling podcast downtown at the Byham Theater W...

Pitt student choirs unite for Fall Showcase

Pitt student choirs unite for Fall Showcase

By Rio Maropis / Staff Writer

September 29, 2015

Rarely together under the same roof, Pitt’s four student choirs will join forces and voices for this weekend’s Fall Showcase. The Pitt Men’s Glee Club, Pantherhythms, Women’s Choral Ensemble and Heinz Chapel Choir — all of the faculty-directed choirs on campus — will perform a free show Sun...

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