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When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers

Pittsburghers are wandering about these days, idling away the days and hours until The Happiest Day of the Year: Super Bowl Sunday.

My advice for how to make an evening go speedily by (whether or not you’re a football fan): Go to the Pittsburgh Public Theatre and see their current show, Metamorphoses.

Production still from Metamorphoses at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre; Pictured: J.T. Arbogast and Tami Dixon; Photo credit: Ric Evans

It’s a short show (90 minutes, no intermission) but full of fun. The play is a compilation of Greek myths as told by Ovid, but rendered in semi-modern situations.

The gimmick of the show — much talked about in reviews and previews — is that the stage is constructed as a real, live, water-filled pool. This is beautiful to see, especially with a throne or small arrangement of flowers perched on the edge, reflecting in the water and glowing in a spotlight. But it also plays a critical role of its own in all the stories.

The performers are funny and perfect, as well as wonderfully fit — much skin is visible. Direction is brisk, sets are minimal and evocative, the script is both true to the original text and modernized for today. It’s a lovely production, and I recommend it highly.

As the show makes clear, a prevailing truth of myths is that the gods are fickle, but they have rules. If you abide by the rules and respect the gods’ power, you will succeed, or at least survive. Here’s hoping the Steelers stay on the good side of the Football Gods this weekend — don’t tempt the Fates, make no displays of hubris, show lots of sportsmanship, and make sure Tomlin doesn’t overdress for the big game (Cold Coach = Victory) — so the gods will look kindly on them in the Super Bowl.

See the review of Metamorphoses in this week’s Pittsburgh City Paper, and find show details and ticket info at the Public’s website.

(Photo details: Production still from Metamorphoses at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre; Pictured: J.T. Arbogast and Tami Dixon; Photo credit: Ric Evans. Source of the quote in the title of this post: Oscar Wilde.)

“Woman from the Past” at Bricolage

Woman From the Past promotional image -- Bricolage Theater

Bricolage Production Company has a great series of staged readings underway. "Making artful use of what’s at hand, Bricolage uses the distinctive resources of the Pittsburgh region to create theatrical events that stimulate a heightened sense of involvement for the audience."

Here are the details for the current reading and the series, also available on the Bricolage website:

STAGED READING #2 WOMAN FROM THE PAST BY ROLAND SCHIMMELPFENNIG

JOIN BRICOLAGE FOR THE 2nd INSTALLMENT OF OUR 2008 STAGED READING PERFORMANCE SERIES!
APRIL 27TH AND 28TH
8PM

WOMAN FROM THE PAST
By Roland Schimmelpfennig
Translated and Directed by Melanie Dryer
On the eve of a new life overseas, Frank sits surrounded by moving boxes. He has everything, a beautiful wife, a happy son, a great job. Until he opens his front door and discovers a long forgotten highschool sweetheart, who has returned to collect on a promise he made 24 years ago.

Featuring an ensemble cast: Brittany Andrews, Charles Brown, Amy Landis, Doug Mertz and Gabriele Schafer.
Translated and Directed by Melanie Dreyer

2008 STAGED READING PERFORMANCE SERIES
Committed to our vision of staging new works and re-imagined classics, we are back with a brand new line-up of dynamic plays. Beginning in March and continuing each month thereafter through August, Bricolage will showcase a play a month. The directors, actors and designers are given a week to rehearse their piece and will present, with book-in-hand, the staged reading performance for two evenings, a Sunday and Monday, in our space at 937 Liberty Avenue FIRST FLOOR. Each production is free and open to the public.

PICK YOUR PLAY
Just like last year, what makes this series unique is the audience participation. At the end of this six-month series, through an internet survey, we will ask YOU to choose which play you would most like to see fully realized. Whichever play receives the most enthusiastic response will become a future Bricolage production.

TICKET & SCHEDULE INFORMATION
The Staged Reading Performance Series runs at our space 937 Liberty Ave. 1st floor at Smithfield Street. Parking is conveniently located across the street at reasonable rates.

Each event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets can be reserved by calling Bricolage at 412-381-6999 or e-mailing tami@webbricolage.org.

For additional information on this project, visit our new website at www.webbricolage.org .

This series is supported in part by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and generous patrons like you. To learn how to become a sponsor of Bricolage programming or to volunteer for Bricolage events contact Tami at tami@webbricolage.org or just visit our website at www.webbricolage.org

Bricolage – Making artful use of what’s at hand. www.webbricolage.org