Here is a more detailed look at the shows and performances opening in the Greater Pittsburgh area this week.
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CHAMBER MUSIC PITTSBURGH
Arab musician and folklorist Karim Nagi | Chamber Music Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Playhouse at Point Park University | September 12, 2022
Arab musician and folklorist Karim Nagi opens the Chamber Music Pittsburgh season with a concert highlighting Arab musical traditions through his unique blend of performance and storytelling. Nagi has taught and lectured internationally about Arab culture and music, participating in the TEDx program with his talk, The Tambourine, My Partner in Diplomacy and Disruption.
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The Cloud of Unknowing | Corning Works | in front of The Children’s Museum | September 13, 2022 at 7:30pm / 8:30pm / 9:30pm / 10:30pm
Corning Works takes performances to the sidewalks, fountains, museums, and other surprising site-specific venues we are knocking down doors of exclusion. Opening up the experience of CW’s socially conscious dance theater works to those who would not ordinarily attend an “in-theater” production, in this case it is in the fountain in front of the Children’s Museum on the North Side.
Info and tickets at: https://www.corningworks.org/upcoming-productions.html
Hand to Hand | Squonk Opera | Pittsburgh Children’s Museum | September 14, 2022
“Unique” is one of those words that should be used sparingly, and only if you can back it up with facts. And the fact of that matter is, there’s nothing else in the world quite like Squonk Opera.
If you have caught their latest show yet and you want some tangible proof, come out to see Hand to Hand at the foot of the Rachel Carson Bridge on Sept. 14.
If you’re nearby, you can’t miss it.
Hand to Hand features humongous puppet hands that are each stand 23 feet and weigh 400 pounds. The purple palms and fingers are maneuverable much like ships’ sails, moving to an original prog rock score, played live. And watch out for the thumbs charting their own course, leading to a guitar showdown.
Checkout Sharon Eberson’s feature story on Squonk Opera at 30 here.
Info and tickets at: https://pittsburghkids.org/handsonscienceshowdown
CENTER FOR MEDIA INNOVATION at POINT PARK UNIVERSITY
Mai Khoi’s Bad Activist | Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University | Pittsburgh Playhouse’s PNC Theatre | September 15 , 2023
Mai Khoi rose to pop stardom in Vietnam, where she played arena concerts and was often compared to Lady Gaga in the international media. But when she turned her celebrity to the cause of free expression, her music was banned. She was detained, harassed, evicted from her home and eventually forced into exile. She now lives in Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Playhouse, Point Park University’s Center for Media Innovation and the International Free Expression Project (IFEP) are proud to present the world premiere of the fully realized theatrical production of “Bad Activist” — a multimedia tour de force in which Mai Khoi tells her remarkable story and performs with extraordinary musicianship. She has been working toward this iteration of “Bad Activist” for several years.
Check our oSP’s advance feature here.
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McKEESPORT LITTLE THEATER
Newsies | McKeesport Little Theater | September 16-18. & 23- 25, 2022
Disney’s musical, Newsies was written by Harvey Ferstein and features music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman.
Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy and his ragtag team of newsboys make a meager living selling newspapers on the city streets. But when the prices of “papes” are hiked and the newsies are hung out to dry, there is nothing left to do but “open the gates and seize the day!”
Checkout Jade Goode’s post opening review here.
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OLD SCHOOLHOUSE PLAYERS
Agatha Christie’s The Hollow | Old Schoolhouse Players | Hickory, PA | September 16 to 25, 2022
An unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader explodes into murder one weekend at The Hollow, home of Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell, arguably Christie’s finest comic grande dame. Dr. Cristow, the Harley Street lothario, is at the center of the trouble when, assembled in one place, we find his dull but devoted wife, Gerda, his mistress and prominent sculptor, Henrietta and his former lover and Hollywood film star, Veronica. Also visiting are Edward and Midge, whose romantic assertions are likewise thrown into the mix. As the list of romantic associations grows so does the list of potential suspects when Cristow is shot dead. Nearly everyone has a motive, but only one of them did the deed.
Info and tickets at: https://www.osptheater.com/2022season
Rusalka | Pittsburgh Opera | Benedum Center | September 17 to 25, 2022 | https://www.pittsburghopera.org/season/rusalka/
Rusalka is the Czech version of the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid. While it has many similarities to both the familiar Disney® movie and the Hans Christian Andersen story, they are not exactly the same. First of all, her name is Rusalka, not Ariel. Secondly, Rusalka is not a mermaid per se, but a water sprite, also called a water nymph. However, like in The Little Mermaid, Rusalka falls in love with a human Prince. She has a witch turn her into a human in exchange for her voice. Rusalka must win and keep the Prince’s love, or else there will be disastrous consequences for them both.
Will a jealous Princess ruin Rusalka’s plan? Will Rusalka’s father be able to bail her out if things go awry? Will true love triumph?
Rusalka premiered in 1901 and has become one of the most beloved lyric fairy tales of all time. We are proud to be producing Rusalka for the first time in our 82-year history.
Check out oSP’s full feature article here. Check back for our post opening review.
Info and tickets at: https://www.pittsburghopera.org/season/rusalka/
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