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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Review: Ray Werner's latest debuts at PICT and races ahead of the pack by Christopher Rawson

The Pittsburgh playwright’s “Run the Rabbit Path” features a familiar family story with an unexpected payoff in its premiere production.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Review: 'The Tempest' ushers in a magical new era at the Public by Christopher Rawson

Director Marya Sea Kaminski is off to a great start with a cast led by Tamara Tunie, in Shakespeare’s fantasy of revenge and forgiveness.

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Sunday, February 3, 2019
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Pittsburgh's David Conrad returns to the stage in Braddock by Sharon Eberson and Christopher Rawson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Reviews of ‘Where Did We Sit on the Bus’ at City Theatre and ‘In the Heights’ at Pittsburgh Musical Theater.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Best of Pittsburgh theater in 2018 by Sharon Eberson and Christopher Rawson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Quantum’s “Chatterton,” the Public’s “Hamlet” and Front Porch’s “Grey Gardens” top the PG critics’ picks for last year&r…

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

New Orleans theater is latest to receive August Wilson American Century Cycle Award by Christopher Rawson

2018 Post-Gazette Performer of the Year Wali Jamal delivers PG/August Wilson House honor in person.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Theater notes: Public's 'Irving Berlin'; CLO's 'Carol'; Bricolage's 'Die Hard N'at,' August WIlson and more by Sharon Eberson and Christopher Rawson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It’s Christmastime on Downtown stages, while Pittsburgh honors a New Orleans company for completing the American Century Cycle.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

2018 Post-Gazette Performer of the Year: Wilsonian Warrior Wali Jamal by Sharon Eberson and Christopher Rawson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pittsburgh actor this year became the only person in the world known to have performed in all 11 of August Wilson’s plays.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Richard Thomas stars in CLO's 'A Musical Christmas Carol' by Christopher Rawson

“The Waltons” star has logged six decades on stage, often in the works of O’Neill, Chekhov, Shaw, Beckett and Shakespeare.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Theater Hall of Fame inductee Rene Auberjonois has Pittsburgh ties by Christopher Rawson

He attended Carnegie Tech and performed with the American Conservatory Theater in Pittsburgh and San Francisco.

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2018 Theater Hall of Fame inductees include Rene Auberjonois, Christine Baranski, Cicely Tyson and more by Christopher Rawson

Laughs and sentiment highlighted the 2018 Theater Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Gershwin Theatre on Monday.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Stage review: 'In the Tunnel' explores multiple layers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by Christopher Rawson

It’s powerful as visceral experience and shockingly entertaining as satirical, even surreal commentary.

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Sunday, September 23, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Stage review: Kinetic's 'The Father' is an earnest portrayal of dementia by Christopher Rawson

As long as this confusion reigns, the play intrigues, skating on the edge of Pinter-land.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Stage review: 'Ma Rainey' belts out black America's blues in August Wilson's earliest work by Christopher Rawson

Vanessa German’s charisma is a highlight of the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre production, extended through Oct. 14.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Stage review: 12 Peers mines meta adaptation of 'The Seagull' by Christopher Rawson

The audience is invited to participate in the play with the “Stupid” title, inspired by Chekhov and performed by a capable cast.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Stage review: 'Gloria' unleashes the modern moral murk of victim and victimizer by Christopher Rawson

The Hatch Arts production at Nova Place features six actors playing 13 roles in the Pulitzer finalist play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Stage review: Pittsburgh CLO stages a musically lush 'Titanic' by Christopher Rawson

The very title is as big as can be, the vainglorious name given the huge ship that sank in 1912, killing more than 1,500 passengers and crew.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Stage review: Shakespeare with puns and pratfalls, comedy and chaos by Christopher Rawson

In a very old tradition, the Pittsburgh Public Theater has chosen to follow the season’s highpoint, a wonderful “Hamlet,” with that tragedy’s complete antithesis, the Reduced Shakesp…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Texas company connects with Pittsburgh as it receives August Wilson American Century Cycle Award by Christopher Rawson

HOUSTON, Texas — The Ensemble Theatre, the third largest African-American theater company in the country, threw itself a double party on May 12. It was celebrating the opening of August Wi…

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Monday, May 21, 2018

'Nomad Motel' explores family, inclusion and understanding by Christopher Rawson

We’ve recently had a number of “we are the world” plays, in the spirit of those lawn signs welcoming all ethnicities and religions. Some were written or conceived before our recent civ…

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Monday, April 30, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Stage review: Chekov's 'Uncle Vanya' is a perfect sendoff for old Pittsburgh Playhouse by Christopher Rawson

Who was the first great American playwright? Shakespeare, of course, on whom American theater cut its teeth for a century or more.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Stage review: Uncertainty reigns in 'Heisenberg' at the Public by Christopher Rawson

Heisenberg, n. (1) Werner Heisenberg (1901-76), a theoretical physicist. (2) A 2015 play by Simon Stephens now at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. (3) Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Prin…

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Stage review: Quantum's 'Inside Passage' presents one woman's powerful search for family and self by Christopher Rawson

Old family snapshots, personal memories and a search for the differing truths behind them might seem common fodder for a poem, but for a play? Sounds more like therapy than theater — but n…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kinetic Theatre's 'Holmes and Watson' offers corkscrew plot twists and turns by Christopher Rawson

While telling us to turn off our cell phones, artistic director Andrew Paul strictly enjoins us not to give away “the twist” that provides much of the fun.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

'Detroit ‘67' frames enigmatic love story with a riot in the streets by Christopher Rawson

Sometimes the personal and political seem at odds, but their conjunction can suggest a larger truth, or at least a hope. Such is the case with Dominique Morisseau’s “Detroit ’67,” a …

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Review: 'A Devil Inside' serves up comic-gory mayhem for Pittsburgh Playhouse's final professional stage show by Christopher Rawson

For the final professional stage production at the grand and ramshackle old Pittsburgh Playhouse, soon to be deserted for new digs Downtown, the powers that be at Playhouse Rep clearly scann…

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Stage review: City Theatre's powerful 'Leonard Pelkey' becomes a story felt, not just told by Christopher Rawson

Inevitably, right from the start, it’s all about the performance. Yes, there’s a story, but that seems mainly the pro-forma framework on which to erect the one-man performance through wh…

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Pittsburgh theater: A look back at 2017, and a taste of what's in store this year by Sharon Eberson and Christopher Rawson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh theater in 2017 gave us a lot to think about and to look forward to in 2018. As we announce the multitalented, multifaceted Monteze Freeland as the Post-Gazette’s 2017 Performer…

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Post-Gazette Performer of the Year: Monteze Freeland by Sharon Eberson and Christopher Rawson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The mighty railroad man John Henry, who races a steam drill until his heart bursts. The ambitious, duplicitous manager of “Dreamgirls.” An outrageous preacher and a flamboyant BFF in “…

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