The curtain will rise on three Pittsburgh productions, with great titles, one with a title so familiar you’ll either groan or moan.
“Disgraced” @ at the O’Reilly Theater of Pittsburgh Public Theater
March 10-April 10, 2016
Amir is a hot-shot corporate lawyer in Manhattan. He’s also a Pakistani-American whose white wife, Emily, is an artist interested in Islamic forms. Amir’s nephew, Hussein, calls himself Abe in order to seem more mainstream American. But Abe is also involved in the local mosque. When its Imam is arrested, Abe and Emily convince Amir to help. But when he is mistakenly linked to the Muslim leader, Amir’s world begins to unravel. Matters come to a head at a dinner party with another couple, Jory, an African-American attorney, and her Jewish husband, Isaac. While “Disgraced” discusses religion and identity politics on a rational level, the play’s greatest complexity is when its characters fall into emotional pits of pride and prejudice ingrained by family or culture. The play’s dialogue is crisp, current, often funny, and extremely intelligent. This is the regional premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s “Disgraced,” winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
IF YOU GO
Tickets range in price from $60-$25. Order by calling 412.316.1600 or visiting ppt.org.
“Sex With Strangers” @ Mainstage of City Theatre
March 12-April 3
When 40-ish Olivia, a talented but unrecognized novelist, gets snowbound at a writers’ retreat with 20-something Ethan, superstar sexcapade blogger and king of the Twitterverse, the chemistry is hot and the sex electric. But when each desires what the other has, and online and offline personas meet, how strong is the connection? This sensuous and provocative comedy about fame, cyber identity and big ambitions asks: What would you do, and who would you become, to get what you want?
“Deceptively simple, Sex with Strangers reveals itself subtly and is a truly compelling study in character and ambition,” says director Christian Parker. “As they watch the two characters in this sly, smart play become entangled with one another, the audience will be stirred and challenged with questions about what lengths we will go to get what we want, and whether we can really trust what we see in other people.” According to Theatre Communications Group, “Sex with Strangers” one of the top ten most-produced plays, in the 2015-16 American regional theatre season.
IF YOU GO
Tickets range in price from $56-$36. Order by clicking on citytheatrecompany.org or calling 412.431-2489.
“The Sound of Music” @ Benedum Center
March 22-27, 2016
It’s back. Again. It seem. “The Sound of Music,” the show Christopher Plummer calls “S&M,” returns more often than edelweiss blooms. We are told this is “the brand new production of ‘The Sound of Music.'”What does this mean?
According to director Jack O’Brien, “The Sound of Music” has been in our ears for decades, as it deserves to be. But it might be time to look once more, and more closely, at this remarkable work which, I feel, begins to reveal itself as deeper, richer, and more powerful than ever. It’s no longer ‘your mother’s’ familiar ‘Sound of Music.’ We are tearing off the varnish of the past from one of the great glories of our theatergoing experience and making it fresh! This is an opportunity we’ve all longed to create!”
IF YOU GO
Tickets range in price from $95-$45. Order at TrustArts.org/Broadway or by calling 412.456.4800.