Some news and notes from the Pittsburgh theater scene:
Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre will present "UnCommon Pleas: An Evening of Legal Theatrical Entertainment," in which the killer Macbeths (played by attorney Dennis Ukovic and Pittsburgh High Tech Council president Audrey Russo) "appeal their murder convictions in front of six noteworthy judges." The event, co-sponsored by the Arts and Law Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association, is at the Duquesne Club March 27 and features cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a three-course meal to go along with the case if Shakespearan proportions.
The first-time PICT UnCommon Pleas event was created to help the theater company fulfill a commitment to make classic theater in general and Shakespeare in particular accessible to all.
The event is co-chaired by PICT Theatre's board president Charles H. Moellenberg Jr. (Jones Day) and his wife Karen Moellenberg, also an attorney, and Thomas G. Donahue (Dinsmore & Shohl LLP). The six judges who will deliberate are the Honorable Maurice B. Cohill Jr., Judge Nora Barry Fischer, Court of Common Pleas president Judge Jeffrey Manning, Superior Court Judge Judith Olson, Common Pleas Complex Case Judge Christine Ward and Common Pleas Judge and former Pittsburgh Steeler Dwayne Woodruff.
Tickets are $250 per person or $200 for members of the Arts & the Law Committee, Homer S. Brown Division, and Young Lawyers Division of the ACBA; 412-561-6000 or http://picttheatre.org/plays-events/pict-uncommon-pleas/.
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Pittsburgh CLO has announced the cast for CLO Cabaret's Johnny Cash "Ring of Fire" (May 22-Aug. 17) at the Cabaret at Theater Square. This is not a Johnny Cash bioplay, by the way, but drawn from almost 40 songs. The musical conceived by William Meade and created and directed by Richard Maltby Jr. when it debuted in 2006 is about three American couples and as they progress through life, Maltby told Playbill.com. Songs include "Country Boy," "A Thing Called Love," "Five Feet High and Rising," "Daddy Sang Bass," "I Walk the Line," "I've Been Everywhere," "The Man in Black" and Cash's final hit, "Hurt."
The cast includes singer/songwriter and accomplished guitarist Jay Hitt, who last appeared at the CLO Cabaret in "Always ... Patsy Cline" and New York stage veteran Nicole Stefonek. Making their CLO Cabaret debuts are Point Park grads Paul Koudouris and Jon Rohlf; CMU grads Mitch Marois and Erika Strasburg; and Santino Tomasetti, a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Guy Stroman directs, with Chris "Red" Blisset as musical director.
Tickets for the CLO Cabaret show are available at CLOCabaret.com or 412-456-6666.