Rawson, Christopher. “Change waits in the
wings on the North Side.” Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette 1993 Dec. 22: D-4.
CHANGE WAITS IN THE WINGS ON NORTH SIDE
Why not? The Carnegie is leaving the old Buhl
Science Center and the city will
lease it to some worthy organization for $1 a year. If the Children's Museum
could swing the $150,000 projected annual upkeep, it could bring in other
tenants like Performing Arts for Children and the annual Children's Festival.
And the city has pledged $3 million (to be matched by the state?) to the North
Avenue-Federal Street Project, which could save the Garden Theatre, another
prime performing space. Throw in the Masonic
Temple as a rehearsal
hall and the North Side could have its own cultural district, even without the
HITTING THE DAILY DOUBLE: It's Christmas week, so
here's welcome good news: The Public Theater's longtime press relations whiz,
Elvira DiPaolo (also a playwright --
"Bricklayers" at City Theatre), hit the jackpot Friday, getting a new
job offer and a marriage proposal. She accepted both. The lucky folks are Reese
Brothers, a marketing firm for non-profit groups, and Michael Hoff, a copy
writer for Blattner/Bruner. DiPaolo
will write for Reese Brothers, plan an October wedding with Hoff and -- she
promises -- devote more time to playwriting.
BLAST FROM THE PAST: Paul Kaup returned Friday as
lead singer for Ms. Lum, a new NYC rock group. (Kaup was the subject of my and
photographer Mark Murphy's five-part 1987-88 series on his sophomore year in
the CMU drama program.) Rock singing is indeed acting, judging by Kaup's set at the Electric Banana.
PETS? PETTING? Actor David Kener
of New York,
here to appear in the Public Theater's "Dybbuk,"
has taped a special appearance for the Saturday "Today Show." The
subject is "petography" -- not the
adulation of Penthouse pets, but a pet photo service (and a new book about
same). Kener will be on with his two pugs, Evis and Eloise. Why not Elvis? "Because I can't say
the name of the King in vain," says Kener,
making an oblique reference to "Dybbuk,"
where that's an issue.
CHRISTMAS PRESENTS: Stuck for last-minute gift ideas? Why not a gift
certificate to a Pittsburgh
theater? It's a good way to get a friend to try out a company you've enjoyed,
and you can do it at the last minute, by phone. (If your children live in other
cities, like mine, you can also give tickets to theaters there, as I have.)
CASTING CALLS: "Bent" (Upstairs Theatre) will feature Doug Mertz and
in the roles once taken at the Lab Theater by Bingo O'Malley and Ray Leghart. ... Pittsburgh's
under-used actor, Don Marshall, is on his way to the Philadelphia Theater
Center to appear in
Romulus Lenney's "2" (Jan. 7-30). ... Paul Mochnick calls this "the year of the rabbi" -- he
played one in ''Fiddler" at the Lakeview Theater and next week he opens as
Rabbi Mendel in "The Dybbuk." Other
Pittsburghers in the big cast are Larry Meyers, Allan Pinsker,
Alex Coleman, Shirley Tannenbaum, Colleen Delaney,
Carol Ferguson, Antone DiLeo,
Colin Doty, Madeline Lagatutta, Julie Marie Paparella and Alexa Stern.
BES KIMBERLEY'S TRADITION CONTINUES: The CMU New York drama clan gathers today
at Sardi's -- 4:30-8:00 p.m., if you're in the Big
WHILE IN NYC: The 3rd annual Christmas concert of East Liberty's own Billy Porter (CMU '91 and "Star
Search" winner) is at Steve McGraw's, 158 W. 72nd St., 10:30 tonight and
THE BOTTOM LINE: Paid admissions at city's professional theaters for week
ending Dec. 19:
Christmas Carol/CLO (77%).....9,075
Absurd Person/Public (97%)....3,538
Forbidden Pgh/City (54%)........764
Nunsense/Blarney Stone (90%).....72
FINAL WORDS: If a pre-Broadway tour is a try-out for New York, isn't a Broadway run really a
tryout for the eventual national tour?