Archive for category 2008-2009

Smashing review of HUMAN ERROR

0405-error-aClick below for Alice Carter’s review in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

“Make no mistake, ‘Error’ tackles tough issues cleverly”

Playing through May 10


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HUMAN ERROR opens to a packed and rockin’ house

228Faithful opening night subscribers, enthusiastic board members, and members of the Pittsburgh theatre community came out to celebrate the opening of Keith Reddin’s HUMAN ERROR last night (Wednesday, April 8th).

Before the show the lounge was slammed with friends of the theatre throwing back drinks and enjoying food provided by our friend and restaurant neighbor, Gypsy Cafe.

After the thrilling opening, the celebration continued at Elixir on32 Carson Street as the director Tracy Brigden, playwright Keith Reddin, and cast, including Tasha Lawrence, Ray Anthony Thomas,  and Matt Walton chatted up the opening night audience.

Included here are some pictures from the production which runs through May10th.

See you at the theatre!

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Podcast Interview with Director Stuart Carden

marys-wedding216-editSenior theater critic Chris Rawson talks with Stuart Carden, associate artistic director of City Theatre, about his production of Mary’s Wedding, the intimate epic about love and loss, running at City through April 5.

To listen to the interview click here :

Podcast Interview

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Human Error Set Design

Human Error Ground Plan

The scenic design created by Luke Cantarella to be built in our Lester Hamburg Studio Theatre features a wall of light-boxes covered in an abstracted image of sky and field. The light-boxes are illuminated from behind and can move to provide a wide range of backdrops for the play’s multiple locations. The play begins in an open field with two NTSB agents (plane crash investigators) exploring the aftermath of a crash. Soon the action moves to a bar, hotel room, and hospital. In the model below you can get a sense of how the light-boxes work to create a compelling backdrop for not only the exterior scenes but the interior ones as well.

Human Error Set Model


Posted by Stuart Carden, Associate Artistic Director and Christine Pini, Artistic Assistant

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Human Error First Rehearsal

Matt Walton, Tasha Lawrence, and Ray Anthony Thomas

Last week marked the beginning of rehearsals for Human Error. We were pleased to have playwright Keith Reddin join director Tracy Brigden and cast members Tasha Lawrence, Ray Anthony Thomas and Matt Walton in the rehearsal room. Costume Designer Ange Vesco and Resident Sound Engineer Liz Atkinson were also in attendence.

Keith Reddin

After Keith Reddin spoke about the genesis of the play, Ange Vesco touched on her ideas for the costumes and Tracy Brigden shared the model of Luke Cantarella’s set design. Rehearsal then began with a read-through of the play…we’re off to another great start!


Posted by Christine Pini, Artistic Assistant

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Rehearsal Diary #2 with Mary’s Wedding Actor Braden Moran

Braden MoranI’m not an experienced blogger as evidenced by my extreme neglect of my blogging duties…but my inability to find the time to compile some thoughts more regularly throughout the rehearsal process is a great testament to the tremendous amount of attention this play requires!  I knew the simplicity on the page was deceptive – but I didn’t know how deceptive.  It’s one of the more complex shows I’ve worked on and demands a good deal of imagination, focus, and technical facility.  There are only two actors on stage the whole time so just memorizing the lines is a job in and of itself!
It’s been an absolute blur of activity since we started rehearsal… as we’ve begun to pull the layers back on the show, the depth of the text continues to reveal itself in fantastically surprising and continually challenging ways.  As we discover those new challenges, the magnitude of the amount of work involved (on all levels of the production) is daunting but invigorating.  I couldn’t be more excited about the team of artists compiled by City Theatre for Mary’s Wedding…it’s an honor and a privilege to be counted amongst them.  Every day at work is a joy…there is something so wonderful about this play that inspires very unique and individual responses…and everyone involved has a great passion for the telling of this story.  
We’ve begun previews of the show – which means we’re rehearsing for about 5 hours during the day and then performing the show at night. Those rehearsals allow us to continue crafting the show to best fit into the space as well as add new technical layers of lighting, costumes and sound to flesh out the dream world we dwell in. We’ve been learning a great deal about the show as we’ve had our first audiences…and one of the things I’ve learned is that it is physically and mentally exhausting – in a good way!! It’s a nightly workout and I appreciate that from a show…It continues to grow nightly as we settle into the space and the technical elements combine with the work we did in the rehearsal hall…
This is a fun time for an actor…the whole things starts to come together and the technical elements that have been living only in your imagination throughout rehearsal are suddenly vibrantly alive in the space. Our designers and crew have done a fabulous job of complimenting the work we’ve done in rehearsals and – in many ways – elevating it to another level. I cannot rave enough about all of their work…
And I can’t wait to see how it’s received by people…I think we’ve got something really lovely on our hands and am excited to share it with City Theatre’s audiences!!

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Mary’s Wedding Tech

Here at City Theatre we are in the heart of technical rehearsals for Mary’s Wedding – this is when all of the technical elements of the performance get added to the hard work the actors have done in the rehearsal room. Director Stuart Carden and actors Braden Moran and Robin Abramson have moved into the theatre where they are joined by lighting designer Andrew Ostrowski, costume designer Susan Tsu and sound designer/composer Andre Pluess. Everyone is working hard to put the finishing touches on the play before the doors open to the public for previews.

Andre Pluess


Susan Tsu

 (If you want to learn more about Andre Pluess and Susan Tsu, click on their links to the right under “Designers”)

Posted by Christine Pini, Artistic Assistant

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