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Opinion | Hipster help wanted: Reviving old art forms

Opinion | Hipster help wanted: Reviving old art forms

By Emily Pinigis, Staff Columnist

November 29, 2018

Millennials are quick to scoff at old art forms like the theater organ — but young ’uns shouldn’t write it off quickly. Many theaters put a modern spin on old art, making it fresh and entertaining.

Photos: Redeye Theater

Photos: Redeye Theater

October 24, 2018

Redeye Theater hosted its second 24-hour playwriting, producing and performance event of the semester this weekend. Students worked through the night to produce and perform five original plays and musicals — “The Midnight Snack,” “Frog Bones Can’t Handle That Kind of Stress,” “The Case...

Musical Theatre Club gears up for Legally Blonde

Musical Theatre Club gears up for Legally Blonde

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

April 12, 2018

Chloe Torrence circled a group of actors and singers onstage at the Charity Randall Theatre, kicking off her normal weeknight routine. “Starting tonight, you cannot call ‘line’ anymore,” Torrence said. “We start tech rehearsals soon, so you should know your lines by now.” The junior theatre arts ...

Gianni Downs: The scenic route

Gianni Downs: The scenic route

By Marissa Perino & Issi Glatts

March 28, 2018

By the time the show opens, Gianni Downs’ work is already done. As a scenic designer, Downs' favorite parts of the creative process all happen before opening night. His field is one of the crucial elements behind any onstage performance. He speaks of his process as an extension of history. “T...

Pitt Stage’s Marie Antionette wows with symbolism and decadence

Pitt Stage’s Marie Antionette wows with symbolism and decadence

By Amanda Reed | Contributing Editor

February 20, 2018

Pitt’s production of “Marie Antoinette” has everything needed to recall the history of its title character — chandeliers, a guillotine and plenty of wigs. But make no mistake — this is not a historical play, but a “meditation on excess,” as director Le’Mil Eiland notes in the program. After ...

Review: Pitt Stages puts modern spin on Little Shop of Horrors

Review: Pitt Stages puts modern spin on Little Shop of Horrors

By Amanda Reed | Contributing Editor

February 15, 2018

Upon walking into the Charity Randall Theatre in Oakland Friday night, I was immediately transported from the dreary Pittsburgh weather to the even drearier Skid Row. But after two hours there, I didn’t want to return to the Steel City. Pitt’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” a 1982 off-...

Students celebrate sexuality in The Vagina Monologues

Students celebrate sexuality in The Vagina Monologues

By Siddhi Shockey | Staff Writer

February 13, 2018

Cheers roared throughout the O’Hara Ballroom as the individuals on stage repeated the word “mine” over and over in an effort to reclaim their sexuality, prompting the audience to join in. The Campus Women’s Organization’s production of “The Vagina Monologues” — a play about the reclama...

Rhodessa Jones brings art and activism to Pitt

Rhodessa Jones brings art and activism to Pitt

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer

February 8, 2018

Since she found theater, San Francisco-based artist Rhodessa Jones said she has always had a place in the world — whether it be to share her ups and downs or to offer other women a chance to speak out. “Theater has been the one lover that has never let me down — it demands a lot of me, but t...

Pitt playwrights compete in festival

Pitt playwrights compete in festival

By Caroline Bourque and Shahum Ajmal | Pitt News Staff

January 23, 2018

Onstage, two actors sparred, bickered and gestured toward an imaginary hole in the floor as a willing audience played along — bringing to life a story from the mind of a fellow Pitt student. At the third annual Playwriting Festival, hosted by the Pitt Performance Collaborative, three students had the c...

Don’t dream it, be it: ‘Rocky Horror’ offers creative outlet

Don’t dream it, be it: ‘Rocky Horror’ offers creative outlet

By Rio Maropis / Staff Writer

October 27, 2015

Carlisle Walker’s performance in Pitt’s 2014 run of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”  became an intimate, personal transformation in front of 500 audience members. “It was one of the reasons I came out as transgender,” Walker said of his portrayal of Brad Majors’ character in Pitt’s a...

“So many parallels with my own journey”

“So many parallels with my own journey”

By Photo credit to Josh Lamkin Photography

March 5, 2015

Eugene Lee stands in for August Wilson in "How I Learned."

‘Candida’ strives to bring classic comedy to young audiences

‘Candida’ strives to bring classic comedy to young audiences

By Richard Koppenaal / Staff Writer

April 17, 2014

Katie Conway doesn’t see how college-aged audiences could turn down a weekend trip to the theater, especially  when its costs rival another weekend staple. “It’s fifteen dollars to come see a show,” said Conway, group sales and audience development manager at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. ...

“An Iliad” spans the Trojan War in an epic one-man show

“An Iliad” spans the Trojan War in an epic one-man show

By Richard Koppenaal/ For The Pitt News

March 5, 2014

In Pittsburgh Public Theater’s latest production, the concept of a one-man show is pushed to its limit.“An Iliad,” which debuts tonight at the Pittsburgh Public Theater and runs through April 6, tells stories of the Trojan War and its many heroes.This adaptation, written by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, is bas...

‘Madagascar’ delves into painful memories, intertwined stories

‘Madagascar’ delves into painful memories, intertwined stories

By John Lavanga / A&E Editor

February 5, 2014

Stage presence is an ever-important aspect of performance. How actors carry themselves onstage announces the nature of their existence in the space to the audience and other actors. Great stage presence not only draws attention to the performers, but also silently articulates how they affect the world...

“Heads” takes poignant look at wartime imprisonment

“Heads” takes poignant look at wartime imprisonment

By Gideon Bradshaw / Senior Staff Writer

February 3, 2014

Warzones and prisons may be Americans’ favorite places. In the popular imagination, both represent Hobbesian settings where life is “nasty, brutish and short” as characters blur pre-existing lines of social class in the immediacy of their fight for survival.E.M. Lewis’ “Heads,” directed b...

Nomadic Quantum Theater explores unconventional spaces

By Allison Latzko / For The Pitt News

January 29, 2014

At the corner of Fourth Avenue and Wood Street, in a large room with grand marble columns and a high ceiling, a small band of lighting and sound technicians, actors and their director prepare for the opening night of Quantum Theatre’s latest play, “Madagascar,” which will debut on Jan. 31. “Ma...

10 years in, Barebones Productions keeps things rolling

10 years in, Barebones Productions keeps things rolling

By Vincent Smith / Staff Writer

November 21, 2013

Barebones Productions, a Pittsburgh theatre company, has the humblest of humble origins.Nearly a decade ago, Patrick Jordan, the artistic director and founder of Barebones, put on a play in the basement of a bowling alley with nothing more than a power strip, a desk and a chair. The sound of bowling ba...

Weekly Rundown

By A&E Staff

November 11, 2013

Tuesday, Nov. 12Johnny Marr with special guest AlamarMr. Smalls Theatre400 Lincoln Ave, Millvale, Pa.8 p.m.Admission: $25He’s played with Modest Mouse, Electronic, The Cribs and a little band called The Smiths. Johnny Marr fought off the synthesizer to prove that the six-string still had a place in ’80s pop musi...

‘Parlour Song’ preserves human element of despair

By John Lavanga / A&E Editor

November 7, 2013

“Everything is disappearing.”The succinct, disturbing statement escapes Ned’s mouth in a hushed tone  — part panicked confession, part plea for help — as Dale, Ned’s longtime friend and neighbor, prepares to turn in after an innocuous evening of swilling beers that verges on becoming far too...

PPT’s rendition captures ‘Our Town’s” existential depth

PPT’s rendition captures ‘Our Town’s” existential depth

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

October 10, 2013

“Our Town”Pittsburgh Public Theater621 Penn Ave., Cultural DistrictThrough Oct. 27Admission: $29 - $55 general, $15 with Student ID“Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?” The simplicities and complexities of life are seen in narrative descriptions in Thornton Wilder’s 1...

‘A Skull in Connemara’ displays west Ireland’s dark humor

‘A Skull in Connemara’ displays west Ireland’s dark humor

By Vincent Smith / Staff Writer

September 12, 2013

There are parts of western Ireland that are stunningly beautiful, attracting the attention of tourists from around the world. Connemara is one of those exquisitely mystifying areas. But for the year-round residents of such a place — where economic opportunities are scarce and the granite-riddled la...

‘Romeo and Juliet’ graces Pittsburgh’s parks

‘Romeo and Juliet’ graces Pittsburgh’s parks

By John Lavanga / A&E Editor

August 28, 2013

For many acting troupes, the rehearsal space is a place of safety. It’s a place where actors can experiment with intonation, work on lines and blocking and develop chemistry, all within the isolated vacuum a rehearsal space provides.For the actors involved in Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ producti...

Welcome Back: For University of Pittsburgh Stages, a change in name, not values

By John Lavanga - A&E Editor

August 18, 2013

The University of Pittsburgh Repertory Theater has developed a knack for putting on plays that pose a challenge to all involved — audience included. So it is no surprise that this semester’s lineup is aimed at keeping this run of evocative plays going, though possibly under a different name.Acco...

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