Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents Twelfth Night

“Very Funny, Well Acted. Well Done.” 

Last night, we had the chance to see Twelfth Night at Press Night. Thank you, as always, to the incredible staff and volunteers of the Pittsburgh Public Theater for their patronage and support!

The Company delivered a clever and well choreographed production, definitely worth the price of admission for an intimate performance of a sophisticated comedy.

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Gretchen Egolf Performs as Olivia
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Mitchell Jarvis performs as Feste
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Brent Harris performs as Malvolio

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Comedy by William Shakespeare  January 26 – February 26, 2017 O’Reilly Theater   Continue to read the Press Release: Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents Twelfth Night Director Ted Papas…

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Disney On Ice presents Dream Big: Tickets On Sale Now

Watch your favorite Disney Princesses find the power to make their own magic when Disney On Ice presents Dream Big comes to your hometown February 23-26!

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Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents Twelfth Night

Tickets for Upcoming Shows still available.

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents
Twelfth Night

January 26 – February 26, 2017

Performance Schedule

Tuesdays at 7 pm.

Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm (except Feb. 8).

Saturdays at 2 pm (except Feb. 4) plus 2 pm on Thursday, Feb. 23.

Sundays at 2 & 7 pm (except Feb. 26 when the final show is at 2 pm).

Press Night is Thursday, Feb. 2. Opening Night is Friday, Feb. 3.

Ticket prices: $30 – $62. Tickets for students and age 26 and younger are $15.75.

Discounts for groups of 10+ are available by contacting Casey Helm at 412.316.8200 ext. 704 or chelm@ppt.org.

Ticket prices are subject to change.

For tickets call 412.316.1600, go to ppt.org, or visit

the O’Reilly Theater Box Office.

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 A Comedy by William Shakespeare 

January 26 – February 26, 2017

O’Reilly Theater

Photo credit: Michael Henninger Photo credit: Michael Henninger

Continue to read the Press Release:

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents

Twelfth Night

Director Ted Pappas celebrates love and laughter with a lively new production of William Shakespeare’s rowdy and romantic comedy.

PITTSBURGH (January 12, 2017) Pittsburgh Public Theater plays on in grand style with William Shakespeare’s masterpiece of comedy, Twelfth Night. Directed by The Public’s Producing Artistic Director, Ted Pappas, Twelfth Night runs January 26 – February 26, 2017 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org. Twelfth Night is presented by Highmark.

William Shakespeare wrote Twelfth Night as a brilliant entertainment to end the holiday season for the Elizabethan court. Ted Pappas sets his production pre-World War I, with jazzy original music composed…

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Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents Twelfth Night

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 A Comedy by William Shakespeare 

January 26 – February 26, 2017

O’Reilly Theater

Photo credit: Michael Henninger
Photo credit: Michael Henninger

 

Continue to read the Press Release:

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents

Twelfth Night

Director Ted Pappas celebrates love and laughter with a lively new production of William Shakespeare’s rowdy and romantic comedy.

PITTSBURGH (January 12, 2017) Pittsburgh Public Theater plays on in grand style with William Shakespeare’s masterpiece of comedy, Twelfth Night. Directed by The Public’s Producing Artistic Director, Ted Pappas, Twelfth Night runs January 26 – February 26, 2017 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org. Twelfth Night is presented by Highmark.

William Shakespeare wrote Twelfth Night as a brilliant entertainment to end the holiday season for the Elizabethan court. Ted Pappas sets his production pre-World War I, with jazzy original music composed by Michael Moricz. The songs are sung by Feste, who is played by Broadway veteran (Rock of Ages) and Carnegie Mellon grad, Mitchell Jarvis. Accompanying him live on stage are Curio (Chad Bender on piano) and Valentine (Andrew Miller on guitar).

The action takes place in Illyria, where outspoken Viola (Carly Street) washes ashore after a shipwreck. The fact that she has a twin brother, Sebastian (Max Rosenak), complicates things as the play unfolds. Pretending to be a boy, Viola serves Duke Orsino (Timothy D. Stickney), who burns with unrequited passion for the noblewoman Olivia (Gretchen Egolf). But Viola’s gender disguise leads to an outrageously out-of-whack love triangle among the three.

Also causing a stir in Olivia’s household are carousers Sir Toby Belch (John Ahlin) and Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Daniel Krell). Along with the not-so-gentlewoman, Maria (Helena Ruoti), they trick pompous steward Malvolio (Brent Harris) into ridiculous public displays of affection for Olivia. Rounding out the cast in this play that’s both funny and moving in equal measures are Tony Bingham, Don DiGiulio, and Drew Stone.

The design team for Twelfth Night is James Noone (Scenic), Gabriel Berry (Costumes), Kirk Bookman (Lighting), and Zach Moore (Sound). Casting is by McCorkle Casting. The Production Stage Manager is Ruth E. Kramer and the Assistant Stage Manager is Phill Madore.

Photo credit: Michael Henninger
Photo credit: Michael Henninger

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents

Twelfth Night

January 26 – February 26, 2017

Performance Schedule

Tuesdays at 7 pm.

Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm (except Feb. 8).

Saturdays at 2 pm (except Feb. 4) plus 2 pm on Thursday, Feb. 23.

Sundays at 2 & 7 pm (except Feb. 26 when the final show is at 2 pm).

Press Night is Thursday, Feb. 2. Opening Night is Friday, Feb. 3.

Ticket prices: $30 – $62. Tickets for students and age 26 and younger are $15.75.

Discounts for groups of 10+ are available by contacting Casey Helm at 412.316.8200 ext. 704 or chelm@ppt.org.

Ticket prices are subject to change.

For tickets call 412.316.1600, go to ppt.org, or visit

the O’Reilly Theater Box Office.

Photo credit: Michael Henninger
Photo credit: Michael Henninger
Photo credit: Michael Henninger
Photo credit: Michael Henninger
Photo credit: Michael Henninger
Photo credit: Michael Henninger

Review: The Illusionists

Intensity. That is probably the best word I can find to describe the feeling being among the audience watching “The Illusionists, Live from Broadway”. Absolutely chest tightening, what’s going to happen next type intensity. As warned, I discovered this wasn’t your standard everyday magic show.

And, yes, they warn you.

#411inthe412 #theillusionists Thank you @culturaltrust #trustarts

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It begins with a quick introduction, continues with a little humor and some audience participation. (and if you were there, you’d know we Pittsburghers showed off some pretty slick Improv skills. Dale, those gloves… priceless)

Seamlessly, acts moved from one to the next showcasing mind-blowing talent of trickery and amazement. Each performer had a specialty, some defying death for the sake of a challenge.

Fire, music, acrobatics and dancing… but no smoke and mirrors. This magic is the real deal. I thought by the closeness between my seat and the stage that I would see something television hides. Nope. I saw cards go blank before my eyes, and one guy shoved a quarter behind his eye. But he was fine. He cut open his arm and squeezed it out of an artery. How the hell did he do that?

For that matter, how the hell did they do any of it? I was locked out of my house once and it took me over an hour to do what the Escapist did with 2 handcuff locks and a padlock with only a paperclip in three minutes, holding his breath, with his eyes closed. I’m still holding my breath in anticipation and the deed has been done. It takes an incredible passion, and a lot of practice, to be among their league.

And just when we’d thought spring had finally sprung, The Inventor brought back the snow. Don’t know I’m talking about…? Get tickets, go see the show. I would spill more details about the show, but it would be completely unfair to spoil the story. Find out for yourself why I am still wondering how that egg got into the bag.

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The Illusionists are in town until Sunday. To get tickets please visit The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s website at http://www.trustarts.org

 

This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONISTS– LIVE FROM BROADWAY™ has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. (trustarts.org, 2016)

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE

 

Thank you as always to @culturaltrust #trustarts for their continuing support. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust always has something for all ages.

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Visit Piccadilly Artisan Yogurt

Saturday February 6 marks National Frozen Yogurt Day, and many will be celebrating by visiting their favorite local shops to indulge on froyo and fixings. Especially so if the weather holds up as it has been here in Pittsburgh.

About 10 minutes south of Downtown, you’ll find a friendly little hangout in Mt. Lebanon that serves, in my opinion, the best froyo in Pittsburgh. Piccadilly Artisan Yogurt is located conveniently in a cute cubby of the South Hills, and offers a very unique selection of gourmet, organic frozen yogurt. I had the chance to visit Owner Lyl Rose at her store this week to sample the flavors on tap.

I asked Lyl, “what is important to know about Piccadilly that it stands apart from the rest.” Her answer was simple. Literally. Simplicity of ingredients and knowing the source of them is very important to Lyl. The history of Piccadilly is based on sourcing local farmers to provide a quality product, natural and unstripped of nutritional value. Froyo isn’t the only thing offered that is organic. Toppings are also locally sourced, including a good selection of fruits and nuts. Lyl aims to offer a variety of flavors of yogurt and toppings that are yummy and indulgent, as well as healthful and guilt free.

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Hand drawn by a local high school student

And, now for the taste test. My favorites were…

  • Salted Caramel… is sooo good. It tastes very similar to butter pecan ice cream. Balanced flavor and viscosity to activate the sweet and salty simultaneously, and again I stress, no bitter!
  • Vegan Coconut mixed with Pineapple… you would think this would taste like pina colada. You would be wrong, as I was as well.. But, what I discovered was frozen coconut milk makes for a very delicious alternative to high fat yogurt.
  • Sweet Cream… Nature’s vanilla. So plain, so sweet. The Tart is just as awesome, like a plain greek yogurt.

I’ve always liked frozen yogurt, ice cream, custard, etc. I am particular about texture, more so than flavor. What I noticed right away was how it compared to the texture of Rita’s custard, stiff but creamy. The vegan flavors were a little more icy, but still had a firm shape and served well. I tried a little of each flavor, and mixed a few together just for fun. I was impressed with the sweet flavor and heaviness of the cream yogurts. And the best part – no aftertaste! How is that possible? No Aspartame! None.

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You can even use a divider if you want to sample more than one (or 4 flavors)!

Lyl takes pride in her shop, from decor to substance. Her shop is family friendly, equipped with a party area stocked with board games, and other toys to make it a nice place for teens to chill, or parents to make a pitstop or playdate.

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As you can see, we had a great time!

Getting our #froyo on at Piccadilly. Totally unplanned surprise

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If you are interested in learning more… you can visit Piccadilly on Facebook by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/PiccadillyPittsburgh

Stop by this Saturday to celebrate #NationalFrozenYogurtDay and #Picca your favorite flavor! Click here for the Facebook Event page

 

~ Carri

Review: Cabaret

Meine Damen und Herren,
Mes dames et Messieurs,
Ladies and Gentlemen…
Guten Abend! Bon Soir! Good Evening!

und welcome to the Cabaret!

Willkommen beinvenue welcome! #Cabaret @culturaltrust Thank you!! @411inthe412

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Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, The Roundabout Theatre Company made its way to the Benedum Center this week as part of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh Series. I danced at the opportunity to see their production of Cabaret, as I was a virgin. Don’t believe me? Just take my word for it. This was my first time at the Cabaret. Call it a pilgrimage.

Photo Credit: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Photo Credit: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Cabaret (re)visits a turbulent era, between world wars, when an aspiring novelist from America visits Berlin to find boarding and inspiration. Naive Clifford Bradshaw arrives. Within hours he meets a series of people who will stage for the plot of his wildest adventure: a charismatic burlesque performer, and her whims. Sally Bowles, who has been in Berlin for too long, and tries to initiate an instant romance with Cliff, is worldly, decadent and intoxicating. All is marvelous, until crises arise, and too many are left facing whether its nobler to do the honorable thing, or walk away.

Randy Harrison served as “Emcee” quite deliciously. If he looks familiar, it may be from his previous TV role on Queer As Folk.  The multitalented Kit Kat Girls (und Boys) feverishly decorated the stage from beginning to end in their raunchy, indulgent ways, with and without instruments, or clothes. Andrea Goss gave a great opening night performance, enrapturing the persona of a carefree, selfish yet sincere Sally. Her solos shined, but her best numbers were choreographed with the company. Everything was just beautiful.

Even the Orchestra was beautiful.

A little FYI:

The Roundabout Theatre Company has been recognized with 29 Tonys, 41 Drama Desks, 50 Outer Critics Circle, 10 Obie and 15 Lucille Lortel Awards for its work on five stages, reaching more than 700,000 theatergoers and employing hundreds of artists each year. Bank of America is a proud 50th Anniversary Season sponsor – a partnership that makes possible Roundabout’s many productions and not-for-profit initiatives during this landmark year.

I was, in a word, overwhelmed, by my first live Cabaret experience. Religion, politics, abortion, money, sex, drugs, dancing and music. What else? Italian fruit. This Valentine’s Day, I hope to find a pineapple on my pillow. It has been the raciest show I’ve seen at the Benedum Center, which leads me to hope there may be more…

Go… see this show… leave the kids at home, and don’t tell mama.

To get tickets or more information about this production, please visit The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust by clicking here.

Upcoming showtimes: Wednesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (trustarts.org, 2016)

Thank you, as always to The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for their continuing support.

For Tenderizing Meat, It Can’t Be Beat

It’s hammer time! HA!

This Cave Tools‘ Meat Tenderizer is quite unique compared to the ones I’ve previously used. Let’s start with the ergonomics. It is designed with a heavy handle, offering even weight distribution balancing the head to the grip. This allows for a steady hand when bringing it down on to the target.

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Next, the head. One side is smooth, one is convex, but its not sharp. Compared to a standard mallet, which has a side with sharp, pyramid shaped teeth, the Cave Tools mallet is safe to touch. So safe I let my four year old niece help me pound some chicken.

A few smacks of the hammer later, and voila… gorgeous stuffed chicken!

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Cave Tools does a great job of making sure that their products have a little something extra, quality wise, to compare to other brands. In the case of the Meat Tenderizer, I am mostly impressed with the power it has in hand. You don’t have to be strong, or have a bold, handshake grip with the mallet. Its easy to handle, and when it is used, the weight distribution puts all the punch in the right spot.

I chose to make stuffed chicken for my test drive, but this tool can also be used to crack nuts, crush bread crumbs, break up chocolate bark or peanut brittle, or smash just about anything you wish. (just remember, its not a weapon, even if you feel like Thor holding it)

Two thumbs up, of course.

To order your own click here: http://cavetools.com/products/meat-tenderizer-mallet/?utm_source=Blogger&utm_medium=Review&utm_campaign=Tenderizer

or here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q75SBO4/ref=sr_1_23?ie=UTF8&sr=8-32&me=A3IEEDMWTA8OSP&keywords=meat+tenderizer&linkCode=as2&tag=hyacinth10-20

How about a special deal… here is an Amazon discount code for 15% off: KRYLK4CT

Thank you to Michael, and everyone at Cave Tools for your patience and partnership 🙂

**WIN** Monster Jam Tickets

Wanna go to Monster Jam on opening night? We will be there, and we are hoping you will be too.

We are giving away a Family 4 pack of tickets for opening night, Friday February 12, 2016, 7:30pm showtime.

Here is how to enter for your chance to win:

  1. Complete the form below, before February 4th, 5:00pm EST
  2. Check your inbox (and spam, just in case) for a confirmation email. (please be patient, your confirmation email will arrive within 24 hours of entry)

We will announce and contact the winner of the Family 4 pack of tickets on Thursday February 4th after 5pm. 

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GOOD LUCK TO ALL WHO ENTER! SEE YOU AT THE CONSOL!

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Showtimes:

Friday, February 12 at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 13 at 2pm and 7:30pm; Pit Party at 11am-12:30pm (must have ticket to 2pm event to attend)
Sunday, February 14 at 2pm; Pit Party at 11am-12:30pm (must have ticket to 2pm event to attend)

Ticket Prices: $55, $35, $25
Kids just $12 (Ages 2-12. Valid on select price levels. Must purchase 1 adult ticket for every 4 kids tickets)! (Restrictions and additional fees may apply. All tickets $2 more day of show).

Ticket Purchase Information: Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office on location at the CONSOL Energy Center, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

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Who Wants to Go to Monster Jam?

You read that right… I want to know who wants to go to Monster Jam at the Consol Center opening night, Feb 12, 2016… because….

I have a family four (4) pack of tickets to opening night, and I am giving them away to a lucky reader!

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2016 Monster Jam at the Consol Energy Center, Feb 12-14, 2016.

More details to come… make sure you LIKE our page on Facebook, and FOLLOW US on Twitter for the whole scoop.

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