There is a thing in literature, theme X.

I’m very happy that several students in my “World Drama” class chose to write about The Merchant of Venice in their latest paper. Almost as many also write about Nine. And several chose to write about both. The assignment asked students to make an intertextual argument — that is, I asked them to write an argument that draws on two different literary works. I got a lot of Paragraph 1:…

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Out & About: Cabaret Theatre presents its ‘Cabbie Awards’

You can just make out Carolyn, Leigh, and me stacked up on the right edge of this picture. Carolyn won “Best Leading Actress in a Non-Musical” for The Miracle Worker, and I also got to present her with “Best Onstage Save” for some quick thinking (and dancing) during the gypsy scene in Man of La Mancha. Hosts Anne Cruzan and David Seremet announced that, due to the long list of…

PrimeStage’s 1984: “It was very true to the book,” says Peter.

Five of us went to see PrimeStage’s 1984. Very well done! I wish I could have included this play in my “World Drama” class, or that I had thought to assign the novel in my “Memes and Fake News” class. When it comes to dystopian literature, the boy is better read than I was at his age. Peter’s verdict: “It was very true to the book.”

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“The Nightmare of Prince Prezelsky”

Leigh, Peter, Carolyn and I had fun recording “The Nightmare of Prince Prezelsky” for WAOB Audio Theatre’s “All for One Stories.” (Peter plays the prince, Carolyn narrates, and my wife and I are among the servants. The full 9-minute story is online.) Prince Prezelsky needs to fight a dragon to keep his kingdom safe. But he doesn’t want to! Find out how his servants convince him to take on the…

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Winners Chosen in Annual Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest

Michael Henninger took this wonderful photo of Carolyn and the boy she tied with, CAPA’s Logan Schiller. Both had been in the same coaching session with Ken Bolden Saturday morning. (Thank you, Ken!) Pittsburgh Public Theater’s 23rd annual Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest that began Feb. 6 with more than 1,000 student participants culminated Monday night, when winners were crowned after the Showcase of Finalists. In the Monologue competition, there…