Monday, April 30, 2018
The Bricolage Theater is synonymous with “adventurous theater”. It is a forum were art can be pushed to new limits. In the show WordPlay, actors, writers, and just ordinary people, tell their own stories with the injection of music. This is grown- up storytelling with literally a spin as a DJ spins real-time soundtracks during the dialogue. I recently saw this show which was an entertaining yet intimate experience as strangers shared their lives.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
I always loved reading the Harry Potter books with my son but I must admit that I have not read all 7 books. These books are not just for kids. We all know someone who ran out at midnight to get the first edition of each book in the series that takes readers to the magical world at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Potted Potter is a whimsical parody that covers all 7 books in 70 minutes! I was excited to experience this condensed comedy on the adventures in these beloved books.
There seemed to be more adults than kids in the audience. This show appealed to both the young and mature as the comedy was layered. The first layer was for the kids and then they kicked in something for the adults. It was like the Disney movie Shrek, where some of the donkey’s “side lines” were more for the adults.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to try a 7.5 mile training hike for the Rachael Carson Challenge. Rachel Carson was one of the first "nature writers" whose book, Silent Spring (1962), is credited with fueling the environmental movement. The Rachel Carson Challenge
is a 35 mile one day hike on rugged terrain on June 23, 2018 (the longest day of the year which makes sense because you need all the daylight that you can get to finish it). Since this blog is all about trying new things and obtaining your personal best, I thought admitting with some trepidation, that I would at least attempt the first 7.5 mile training to see if I had what it takes to endure.
My initial reaction to this daunting Challenge was that attempting it would be crazy because 1) I am really not in superwoman shape and 2) walking from sun up to sun down seems a little too "Forest Gump like" to me, not to mention feet aching, muscle burning, literally never ending. The weekly training hikes progressively increase in length to prepare you for the mother-lode hike. The training hikes seem to be a better choice for me.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
*The Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Giant Cinema is literally a giant theater. They have started evening movies or “Hollywood Experiences” and also have 3D educational films. I recently viewed the 80’s iconic Prince film, Purple Rain as part of the Hollywood Experiences and the 3D Amazon Adventure that chronicles Henry Bates’ 11 year exploration of the Amazon rain forest. I have not viewed a movie on this mega screen in many years but was excited for an immersive experience!
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Monday, April 9, 2018
My blog inspiration book, Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book recommends that we “use [our] imagination”. Mummenchanz is an imaginative Swiss theater troupe that really thinks outside of the box. I saw them once in the 1980’s and I was amazed with their ability to use ordinary objects in very extraordinary ways. It was a visual explosion of acrobatics, mime, imagery, puppets, lights, props and more. I have waited three decades to see them again and I could not wait to experience their recent Pittsburgh show, You and Me.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Potted Potter –Byham Theater- Friday April 27 to April 29, 2018
I always loved reading the Harry Potter books to my son. So many of my friends ran to get the first editions of each book enjoying the magical world of the Potter series. Potted Potter is a parody that covers all 7 books in 70 minutes! This should be a cleaver adventure of laughs based on these beloved books.
Join me at the Byham on a whimsical parody for Potter buffs of all ages. For tickets go to https://trustarts.org/production/59276.
Blog Post to here
Word Play- April 13-14, July 27-28, November 16-17, 2018- Bricolage Theater
The Bricolage Theater is synonymous with “adventurous theater”. It is a forum were art can be pushed to new limits. In the show WordPlay, actors, writers, and just ordinary people, tell their own stories with the injection of music. This is grown- up storytelling with literally a spin as a DJ spins real-time soundtracks during the dialogue. This should be an intimate experience as these strangers share their lives.
Join me for the creativity and intimacy of WordPlay at the Bricolage Theater on Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh. For tickets go to Bricolagepgh.org.
Blog Post to here
Midtown Men with the Pittsburgh Symphony- April 13 and 15, 2018-Heinz Hall
The Midtown Men are four original cast members from the hit Broadway show Jersey Boys. They bring the music and style of the 1960’s to the stage. I can’t wait to experience a little Beach Boys, Beatles, Motown, and more, as they harmonize with our award winning Pittsburgh Symphony. This should be a nostalgic night through the 60’s! (preview here)
Join me for a little 60's nostalgia with the Midtown Men and the Pittsburgh Symphony at Heinz Hall. For tickets go to Pittsburghsymphony.org.
Blog Post here