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Best Upcoming Theater Events In Pittsburgh

July 16, 2012 6:00 AM

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Get out of the heat and into the theatre this summer with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust  There are musicals, plays, comedians and a unique Pittsburgh version of dinner theatre on the menu for you in the Cultural District.
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“Fiddler on the Roof”

Benedum Center
719 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-6666
trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/fiddler-on-the-roof

Dates: July 13 to July 22

Get started with your summer of cultural arts by seeing “Fiddler on the Roof.” Did you know the famous lyrics “Matchmaker, matchmaker make me a match! Find me a find! Catch me a catch!” are from a song in “Fiddler on the Roof?” So many songs in this musical are famous on their own, but in the context of the musical itself, are even more fun to hear. “Fiddler” is the story of a Jewish family making their way through the world while trying to hold onto their cultural heritage and also trying to keep up with a world that is modernizing in front of their eyes. “Fiddler on the Roof” runs now until July 22 at the Benedum Center.

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“Girls Only – The Secret Comedy of Women”
The Cabaret at Theater Square
655 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-6666
trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/girls-only-the-secret-comedy-of-women

Dates: Multiple showings every week through September

A lesser-known but truly fabulous venue in the Cultural District is the Cabaret at Theater Square, where “Girls Only” is being performed.  It is a two-woman show about the joys and awkwardness of being a girl. The show is a mix of comedic improv, music and audience participation. The fun twist is that this show isn’t just your typical “sit in your seat and watch” kind of performance. Your theatre ticket is also actually a reservation to the Cabaret at Theater Square’s lunch or dinner service. Head down to the venue about an hour and a half before curtain time to have a great meal that will prime you for this comedy show. “Girls Only” has tons of performance dates from now until September so if you’re looking for a unique girls night out, consider this show.

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“The Addams Family”
Benedum Center
719 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-6666
trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/addams-family

Dates: July 13 to August 12

“The Addams Family” is a familiar tale of the freaky family everyone knows and loves. This show is a musical comedy that focuses on Wednesday Addams as she terrorizes her family with her relationship with her normal, very un-Addams family-esque boyfriend. The show is one of the Civic Light Operas PNC Broadway Across America shows that brings Broadway to Pittsburgh. Take the family to the Benedum for this family-friendly family story. This family of monsters may not be too different from yours.

jimgaffigan Best Upcoming Theater Events In Pittsburgh

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“Jim Gaffigan: The America Tour”
Benedum Center
719 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-6666
trustarts.culturaldistrict.org/jim-gaffigan-the-america-tour

Dates: August 18

Who says every performance in a theater has to be a play or a musical? The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust regularly brings comedians to Pittsburgh and this August 18th, it’s bringing us Jim Gaffigan. Known most famously for his “Hot Pockets” sketch, his self-deprecating comedy style is sure to make you fall in love with the idea of taking in a comedic performance at one of Pittsburgh’s downtown theater.

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“Pittsburgh Improv Jam”
The Cabaret at Theater Square
655 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-6666
improvpittsburgh.com

Dates: Thursdays through August 30

“Pittsburgh Improv Jam” is a theatre performance that forces you out of your comfort zone and maybe your seat too. You could find yourself on stage during one of the jams. Performers ask for audience participation and ideas for their improv sets. A mash-up of an open-mic night and a stand-up comedy show, “Improv Jam” has the goal to get theatre goers literally involved in the arts. Word has it that you can talk to the performers after the show about becoming a performer yourself, if you’re willing to buy them a beer. Note that theatre goers must be 21 and over to attend this performance. The event is held every Thursday between now and August 30 at 10 p.m. Show up early to have a late night happy hour at the Backstage Bar in Cabaret Square before the performance starts. Tickets are available only at the host desk at Theater Square on the night of the event for a mere $3 cover charge.

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Sally Turkovich Wright lives in her beloved city of Pittsburgh with her husband, Jason and German Shepherd, Zeus. She is a policy analyst by training, an eyewear stylist by trade and an amateur healthy-living advocate by choice. She also writes a column for Twoday Magazine. Catch up with her there at twodaymag.com.

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