Thursday, March 7, 2019

March/April Preview


Midnight Radio-Wizard of Oz-Bricolage Theater-March 28-April 14, 2019


Midnight Radio recreates  The Wizard of Oz  in a 1940 radio show broadcast format complete with commercials and sound effects. You are part of the studio audience with a behind the scene view of  the inventive ways in which objects and voices are used to create a mental image of the story. It’s a window into the age of story telling radio of  the 1940’s.

There also is a free happy hour 30 minute before every show with  pre-show activities. 

(Join me for Midnight Radio’s The Wizard of Oz at Bricolage Theater and be part of the 1940’s radio studio audience on March 28-April 14, 2019.  Tickets are $35.00 for adults and $25.00 for students. Opening night, March 28, 2019,  is Pay What You Like Night! and  you can reserve your seat for $5.00. For tickets go to  bricolagepgh.org or call 412 471-0999.)



A Doll’s House Part 2- Pittsburgh Public Theater- March 7, 2019 to April 7, 2019-O’Reilly Theater



 A Doll's House Part 2 is an imagined sequel to the classic 1879 play  A Doll's House, written by Henrick Isben. Isben ended his play with Nora, slamming the door as she left her overbearing husband and three children. This was a gutsy and groundbreaking move for a character in the 1800’s.

In Lucas Hnath's 2017 play,  A Doll House Part 2,  Nora  returns knocking on the door 15 years later. She asks her husband for a divorce and  confronts her daughter and nanny. It’s period comedy about a timeless subject- marriage. I can’t wait to see if, living on her own, Nora  made any steps towards reaching self-actualization (or her personal best).

(Join me for this dramatic comedy, A Doll's House Part 2 from March 7 to April 7, 2019 at the O'Reilly Theater. For tickets go to ppt.org.)

Blog Post here



La boheme-Pittsburgh Opera -March 30th, April 2, 5 and 7, 2019 – Benedum Theater


Puccini’s 1896 Italian opera  La boheme follows the lives of four impoverished artists (bohemians) living in Paris in the 1840’s. It’s a story of love, friendship and passion for art and life. It was the inspiration for one of my favorite hit Broadway musicals-RENT.  I can’t wait to hear some of opera’s most famous arias surrounding the sparks of love between seamstress, Mimi and writer, Rodolfo and the others in this classic opera.

(Join me and the young bohemians for La boheme on March 30th, April 2, 5 and 7, 2019 at the Benedum Theater. For tickets go to pittsburghopera.org.)                        

Berlioz’s Damnation Of Faust-Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall-March 8 and 10, 2019



Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra brings the larger-than-life production of Damnation of Faust, described by Berlioz as a “dramatic legend,” to the stage. Manfred Honceck will conduct 4 opera soloist, 170 choir members and the 98 piece Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  This dramatic symphony involves protagonist Faust (tenor, Charles Castronovo) who falls in love with Marguerite (mezzo soprano, Tara Erraught) and is tricked into selling his soul to the  devil (Baritone, Luca Pisaroni) in order to save his love interest.  This performance should  be a spectacular display of good and evil, and temptation and redemption through music, opera and choir.  
                                  
(Join me for this extravagant symphonic evening on March 8th and 10, 2019. For tickets go to pittsburghsymphony.org).

Blog post here

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