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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

City Theatre's 'We Are Among Us' plumbs the reverberations of war crimes in Afghanistan by Christopher Rawson

The play begins with an Afghani woman describing the sounds, images and memories of Kabul, but then centers on an American mother and son.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Review: Shakespeare's game of thrones reawakens Pittsburgh's steel giant by Christopher Rawson

Quantum Theatre delivers the majesty and tragedy of “King Lear,” amid the monumental ruins of the Carrie Furnaces in Rankin.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Pittsburgh CAPA junior reaches finals of national August Wilson Monologue Competition by Christopher Rawson

Two CAPA students compete in national August Wilson Monologue Competition May 6 in New York City.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Maggie Smith: Still at the top of her game as she returns to the stage after 12 years by Christopher Rawson

The 84-year-old Dame Maggie appears in the one-woman play “A German Life,” which opened April 12 at London’s Bridge Theatre.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Review: Public opens door to a sparkling 'Doll's House, Part 2' by Christopher Rawson

The comedic sequel to the Ibsen drama is a perfect vehicle for Lisa Velten Smith as Nora and a deft cast, directed by Ted Pappas.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Review: Prime Stage's 'Butterflies' are strength of literary adaptation by Christopher Rawson

Young actresses portray real-life Mirabel sisters, who were martyred by the brutal Trujillo regime of the Dominican Republic.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

2019 August Wilson Monologue top spots go to Pittsburgh CAPA students by Christopher Rawson

The first- and second-place winners will represent the city at the national competition in New York City.

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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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