Friday, March 27, 2015

Pick of the Week - Oblivion Opens at City Theatre

Quentin Mare Stars in "Oblivion" at City Theatre

City Theatre continues its 40th anniversary season with the comedy "Oblivion," by Carly Mensch, directed by Stuart Carden, on-stage in the Hamburg Studio Theatre now through April 26.
The plot concerns uber-hip Brooklynites, Pam and Dixon, who take pride in their progressive approach to parenting. But when their 16-year-old daughter, Julie, lies about where she spent the weekend, their cool façade crumbles. With the help of Julie’s friend Bernard, a budding filmmaker, this smart comedy takes a humorous look at Nietzsche, famed film critic Pauline Kael, and what it means to fight for the ones you love.
"Carly’s script is really sharp," says artistic director Tracy Brigden. "It’s full of that same irreverent humor you’d hear in her writing for television. Anyone who is a fan of "Weeds" or "Nurse Jackie" will really love this play."
In addition to Oblivion (Steppenwolf’s First Look Festival, Westport Playhouse), Carly Mensch is the author of Now Circa Then (Ars Nova, TheatreWorks), All Hail Hurricane Gordo (Humana Festival, Cleveland Play House), and Len, Asleep in Vinyl (2nd Stage/Uptown Series). Carly was also a contributing writer and producer for Weeds and Nurse Jackie, two original series on the Showtime network.

The cast if Oblivion

Oblivion features Christopher Larkin, Quentin Maré, Lisa Velten Smith, and Julia Warner, each making their City Theatre debut. The creative team includes Gianni Downs (scenic design), Sarah Hughey (lighting design), Liz Atkinson (sound design), Ange Vesco (costume design), Jordan Harrison (projection design), and dialect coaching by Melanie Julian.

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday Talkbacks – March 29, April 12 and 19 (following 2:00 p.m. performance)
Greenroom Young Professionals Night – April 17 (post-show reception)
City Theatre, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)
$36 to $61
412.431.CITY (2489) or
Audiences under 30 may reserve $15 tickets in advance for all performances except Fridays 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays 5:30 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, rush tickets are available two hours prior to show time and based on availability.
Pay-What-You-Want tickets will be available one hour before the performance. Please call the box office in advance to check on availability. Mention "Pay-What-You-Want" pricing when purchasing. Seniors age 62 and older may purchase $22 rush tickets at the Box Office beginning two hours before show time based on availability. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounts.  Call Kari Shaffer at 412.431.4400 x286.

Lisa Velten Smith Stars in "City Theatre's "Oblivion"

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