Pittsburgh Hear and Now: OnStage
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s weekly review of all things theatrical.
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Monday, February 11, 2013
Kim Martin is a stage director whose day job is as production manager at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Her "Becky's New Car" (through Feb. 17) is a crisp, smart comedy. She talks about that and the position of women directors with senior theater critic Chris Rawson.
Friday, February 08, 2013
Mark Staley is an actor (and nutrition expert and yoga instructor), who has performed for Quantum, Playhouse Rep, PICT and other companies. But now he has a non-speaking movement role in "Soap Opera" for Attack Theatre, the dance company, through this Sunday. He talks with senior theater critic Chris Rawson.
Friday, February 01, 2013
Rebecca Harris is a sometime-Pittsburgher, now appearing as one of the four ambitious young writers in Theresa Rebeck's "Seminar," at City Theatre through February 10. She talks with senior theater critic Chris Rawson about that play and the life of an actor.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Veteran (and much loved) Pittsburgh actor Tom Atkins has a great double: he ends this year as Scrooge in "Christmas Carol" at Pittsburgh CLO and starts the next as Art Rooney in "The Chief" at the Public. He talks about both for some 20 minutes with senior theater critic Chris Rawson.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Jack Allison, a veteran of musical theater country-wide, at the CLO, the Playhouse and Point Park, has just directed "It's a Grand Night for Singing" at the CLO Cabaret. He talks with senior theater critic Chris Rawson.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Veteran actor Anthony Chisholm is best known for several August Wilson plays on Broadway and three years on TV's "Oz." Now he's appearing through Nov. 17 in the Theatre Festival in Black & White, at Pittsburgh Playwrights, 937 Liberty Ave. He talks with senior theater critic Chris Rawson about exploring the Hill with August Wilson and much more.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Caralyn Kozlowski is a New York actor playing Ellen and Jenna in "Maple and Vine," the quirky, thoughtful comedy with which City Theatre opens its season (until Nov. 4). She talks with senior theater critic Chris Rawson.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Melissa Miller triumphs as the iconic ditsy blonde Billie Dawn -- except she's not so ditsy and not at all blonde -- in "Born Yesterday" at the Public Theater, through Oct. 28. Senior theater critic Chris Rawson talks with her about sailing into this famous role with (purposefuly) no familiarity with her famous predecessors.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Gab Cody is a filmmaker, playwright, actor, comic and new mom. She talks with senior theater critic Chris Rawson about "STRATA," the "immersive urban experience" produced by Bricolage on which she's lead writer. It's lots of fun, but part of that is its appearance of seriousness. It runs only through Sept. 1: go to http://stratapittsburgh.com/ and arrange for your own "refitnessing."
Monday, June 11, 2012
Jonathan Berry plays Citizen Barlow in "Gem of the Ocean," August Wilson's 1904 play, now at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre until June 24. It's his sixth August Wilson play. He talks with senior theater critic Chris Rawson.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Online Features editor Sharon Eberson and senior theater critic Chris Rawson get together to talk about a busy theater week, with openings at the Public ("Private Lives"), PICT ("The Pitmen Painters") and Pittsburgh Playwrights ("Gem of the Ocean") -- plus the CLO Cabaret and Kelly Awards.
Friday, May 04, 2012
After a string of big-name Broadway musicals, Jeffrey Kuhn appears in Pittsburgh for the first time as the well-named Passepartout, the energetic engine of "Around the World in 80 Days" (Pittsburgh Public Theater thru May 13). He talks with senior theater critic Chris Rawson.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Melinda Helfrich just finished playing a 16 year-old for City Theatre ("The Monster in the Hall") and now she's a Victorian wife in "In the Next Room, or the vibrator play" at PICT (through May 5). She's the one the doctor uses the vibrator on, but she seems to be bearing up fine. She talks with senior theater critic Chris Rawson.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Stephen McKinley Henderson is one of the great August Wilson actors, veteran of the New York casts of "Jitney," "King Hedley II", "Fences" and "Ma Rainey." He's also classically trained with a lot of Shakespeare on his resume, and most recently he appeared in "Tower Heist" on the big screen. He talks with senior theater critic Chris Rawson.
Friday, March 23, 2012
In a review of "The Monster in the Hall" (through April 1 at City Theatre), Shelia McKenna was called "Pittsburgh's own comic shape-shifter queen." Here she talks wiht senior theater critic Chris Rawson about the play and the unusual process it required.