Point Park opens season with 'The Who's Tommy,' plus what's coming at CMU and Pitt

Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:42 AM Written by 


Point Park University’s Conservatory Theatre Company opens it's season with the rock opera "The Who’s Tommy," based on the album with music and lyrics by Pete Townshend.

The Tony Award-winning musical follows Tommy, who after seeing his mother’s lover murdered by his father, becomes catatonic. Suffering abuse as a kid, Tommy discovers the arcade game as a teen and becomes an international superstar. Hit songs include the "Pinball Wizard," "The Acid Queen" and "Sensation." 

The Point Park production, directed and choreographed by Zeva Barzell, runs through Oct. 30 in the Rockwell Theatre, Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave., Oakland. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Friday, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20-24 and students and seniors $10 at 412-392-8000 or www.pittsburghplayhouse.com.


Mei Lu Barnum (Nurse), Gabriel Florentino (Young Tommy) and Jack Holmes (Doctor) in the Point Park Conservatory production of "The Who's Tommy."

Upcoming at CMU:

The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, which opened its season last week with "The Playboy of the Western World," continues its season Nov. 9-11 with "I'm Very Into You" by Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark, adapted and directed by Sara Lyons, and Nov. 17-Dec.3 with Aphra Behn's "The Rover," directed by David Bond.

"I'm Very Into You" (Directors Series): The show derives from the writers' real-life experiences. In 1995, Acker and Wark met at a conference in Australia and fell into a love affair. After Acker returned to San Francisco, they exchanged emails and fell in love as they delved into their struggles to understand gender and sexuality. The play explores "how intimacy and relationships are redefined online, underscored by these writers' radicalism, lust and desire to be together."
Showtimes are 9 p.m. Nov. 9-10 and 4 and 8 p.m. Nov. 11. More at http://drama.cmu.edu/box-office/im-very-into-you/

"The Rover": Aphra Behn wrote the Restoration comedy in the 17th century after being betrayed by the English king. "The Rover" is described in exclamation points by CMU: "The banished cavaliers! A roving blade! A popish carnival! A masquerade!" as well as "timeless shenanigans and thought-provoking moments about a group of gentlefolk defending their rights to love and honor."

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Nov. 17-18 and 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 19, then 8 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 2 and 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 3. More at http://drama.cmu.edu/box-office/the-rover/.

Upcoming at Pitt:

The University of Pittsburgh Theatre Department brings back the '60s with "Hair," the rock musical by Gerome Ragni, James Rado and Galt McDermot that produced hit songs such as the title track, "Aquarius," "Good Morning Starshine" and "Easy to Be Hard." The Pitt production is directed by Cynthia Croot at the Stephen Foster Memorial's Charity Randall Theatre, 4301 Forbes Ave.

"Hair" rocks Oakland Nov. 10-20, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. More at http://www.play.pitt.edu/content/hair. 

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