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Pittsburgh: Theater

Theatre and entertainment has become the new steel industry in Pittsburgh. Just check out one of the guides, and you can find absorbing, thought provoking theatre in most corners of the city, on almost any night. This can range from extremely well done community theatre, which has a huge base in the region (Baldwin Players, Little Lake Theater) to huge, cutting edge experimental productions and brand new works (Public Theater, Quantum). Most companies in town however, run more to the middle of the road, producing high quality, entertaining, compelling, theatre that is still gentle on the wallet. (Cup-A-Jo Productions, Three River Theater Company, 12 Peers Theater, and Theatre Sans Serif, etc.)

This proliferation of theatre allows for a wide diversity of tastes, from the macabre (Rage of the Stage Players, Still Breathing Productions) to children’s theatre (International Children’s Festival, Gemini Theater) and everything in between. In addition to everything else, a wide variety of new play festivals take place throughout the year. With all of the new talent coming out of the city’s universities (Point Park and Carnegie Mellon) it is more than conceivable you could see a work by a student who might turn out to be the next Stephen Schwartz (Schwartz is the composer of the hit musicals Wicked, Pippin, and Godspell and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.)

In short, good, affordable theatre is just around the corner in Pittsburgh. It can been seen in free productions, funded solely by donations, all the way to multimillion dollar spectaculars, almost guaranteeing an evening of entertainment for every wallet and taste. (Andrew Huntley)

Pittsburgh Theater: Theater Around Pittsburgh

Below are our Pittsburgh Theater recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, theater history and other points of interest in Pittsburgh Art.

City Theatre

City Theatre is the place to go for contemporary plays by writers new, established, and just plain hip. Everything from the edgy and odd (Night of the Living Dead: The Opera) to the traditional and heartwarming (Tuesdays with Morrie) has been seen on City’s two stages. Christopher Durang, Jeffrey Hatcher, and Adam Rapp have all had premieres here, and City Theatre is developing more new work through its MOMENTUM festival, …more…

Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (Pittsburgh CLO)

One of the largest havens for the ‘Big Broadway Musical’ on the east coast, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera has been bringing exceptional talent and spectacle to Pennsylvania audiences since 1946. Since its early days under an outdoor summer tent, to its current home in the beautiful Benedum Theatre, Pittsburgh’s eight show season offers the best in grand scale entertainment, featuring an ‘all star’ roster of New York and local talent. …more…

Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre

In just a little over ten years, the PICT has established itself as a vital addition to the thriving Pennsylvania arts scene. Combining works of modern Irish playwrights such as Brian Friel and Martin McDonough, with classic adaptations from the likes of Charlotte Bronte and Oscar Wilde, PICT’s six show season combines old and new in a way that feels startlingly relevant to the theatre and art of our times. …more…

Pittsburgh Musical Theater

Founded in 1990 with the aim of creating a professional company featuring the best in local talent, PMT and its Rauh Conservatory Program is an emerging company with an eye on creating an affordable alternative to the larger (and admittedly more large scale) civic theatres in the Pittsburg area. Typically producing a three show season, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre’s past offerings have included a nice mix of classic and contemporary Broadway …more…

Pittsburgh Public Theater

Launched in an era when theater in Western Pennsylvania seemed a growing extinction, PPT has, since it completed its first season in 1975, become a major player on the regional scene. With a six-show lineup featuring area premieres, ambitious classics, and usually a new take on a musical, PPT’s stellar reputation has helped launch debut stagings by playwrights as diverse as Horton Foote, August Wilson and Andrew Lloyd Webber. A …more…

Quantum Theatre

Quantum brings theater to Pittsburgh in the most literal sense – by staging environmental productions in non-theatrical spaces all around the city. In the world of the Quantum Theatre, stories unfold in the most unlikely places, be it a museum, an old car dealership, an abandoned building, or an industrial site. Quantum artists develop their productions in these spaces, creating truly original dramas that become a part of the landscape, …more…