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Play mines the humor and pathos in a romance between cancer patients’ children

September 21st, 2017

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | By Sharon Eberson
Sept. 21, 2017

“I wrote this play because I’ve experienced a lot of joy in my life, and a lot of pain. Who hasn’t experienced both those poles of emotion?…I wanted to explore, how do I move through pain with some degree of elegance and even a mighty dose of humor? And I think that’s an experiment that can benefit all of us.” – Halley Feiffer

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Pittsburgh premieres of two notable plays

September 20th, 2017

Pittsburgh City Paper | By Bill O’Driscoll
Sept. 20, 2017

Halley Feiffer offers a romantic comedy where the couple, aspiring stand-up comic Karla (Jenni Putney) and nerdy Don (Tim McGeever), meet in a cancer ward where their mothers are both being treated. Dark, yes, but [Managing Director James] McNeel says, “At its core, it’s this play about people coming together.”

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City Theatre announces City Event: AN EVENING WITH JENNY ALLEN

September 19th, 2017

City Theatre announces City Event:

AN EVENING WITH JENNY ALLEN

“One of the funniest writers in America.” – Andy Borowitz

Monday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Hamburg Studio Theatre

Pittsburgh, PA (September 19, 2017). City Theatre, in partnership with Classic Lines Bookstore, will host writer, comedian, and cancer-survivor Jenny Allen in a one-night-only City Event, Monday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m., with special guest host Kristy Nolen. Allen’s latest book, a collection of essays titled Would Everybody Please Stop?, explores everything from chemotherapy to empty nesting, all with her signature wry humor.

Allen will share humorous stories about her life, selections from the book, and perform excerpts of her award-winning solo show, I Got Sick Then I Got Better. Attendees will receive a copy of Would Everybody Please Stop?, which The New York Times called “A tartly funny and often piercingly emotional ramble through life at a certain age.” Tickets are $30 and on sale now.

Jenny Allen is a writer and performer. Her essays and articles have appeared for years in many magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York, Vogue, Esquire, More, The Huffington Post, and Good Housekeeping. Recent essays appear in Andy Borowitz’s anthology The Fifty Funniest American Writers and in In the Fullness of Time: 32 Women on Life After 50. Her award-winning solo show I Got Sick Then I Got Better has been seen in venues across the country and in Canada. She lives on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Allen’s daughter, Halley Feiffer, is the playwright of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City, on stage at City Theatre through October 15, 2017.

Would Everybody Please Stop? by Jenny Allen, is published by Sarah Crichton Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

AN EVENING WITH JENNY ALLEN

Monday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Hamburg Studio Theatre

TICKETS:

$30, and include a copy of Would Everybody Please Stop?

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION:
412.431.CITY (2489) or CityTheatreCompany.org

WHERE:
1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)
Port Authority bus routes: 48, 51, 54, 81, 83

PARKING:
Patron parking is available in the lot across from the City Theatre entrances for $8.

ABOUT CITY THEATRE:
City Theatre is Pittsburgh’s home for bold new plays. Located in the historic South Side, the company produces a season of regional and world premieres, including the upcoming Citizens Market by Cori Thomas and Nomad Motel by Carla Ching. City Theatre’s mission is to provide an artistic home for the development and production of contemporary plays of substance and ideas that engage and challenge a diverse audience.

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City Theatre Presents Sister’s Late Nite Catechism

September 18th, 2017

Pittsburgh Today Live
September 14, 2017

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Comedy set in a cancer center opens new season at Pittsburgh’s City Theatre

September 7th, 2017

PennLive | By Lisa Wardle
Sept. 7, 2017

The South Side theater is known for its bold plays, and a quirky love story set in a cancer center fits right into the theater’s repertoire. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City” debuted off-Broadway last year to rave reviews.

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There’s No Place Like City Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season

September 5th, 2017

Pittsburgh in the Round | By Brian Pope
Sept. 4, 2017

“We are one City for this city.” The slogan above belongs to City Theatre, which has proven over the last four decades that, as a company, it is a prime example of the former.

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Theater Spotlight: City Theatre’s ‘Late Night Catechism’

September 5th, 2017

TribLIVE.com | By Tribune-Review
Sep. 5, 2017

“Improv comedy and Catholic dogma collide in Sister’s tough but loving classroom, where pupils (aka: the audience) get a refresher course on the finer points of faith and win prizes for their scholarship.”

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Stage preview: Kimberly Richards celebrates 800 performances as Sister for City Theatre

September 1st, 2017

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | By Sharon Eberson
Sept. 1, 2017

“Kimberly Richards has been playing the role of Sister for 16 years, crisscrossing the country to don the habit and perform the seven iterations of “Late Nite Catechism” as the no-nonsense nun with a sense of humor. When she arrives onstage at City Theatre this week, it will be for performance No. 800 in her hometown.”

 

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City Theatre to begin 43rd season with “irresistible” comedy: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED…

August 29th, 2017

City Theatre to begin 43rd season with “irresistible” comedy:

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY UNIT AT MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER CENTER OF NEW YORK CITY

By Halley Feiffer

September 23 – October 15, 2017
City Theatre Main Stage

“Raunchy and fearless.” – TheaterMania

Pittsburgh, PA (August 29, 2017) – City Theatre dives into a fresh season of new plays with an off-Broadway hit comedy by playwright Halley Feiffer, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City. Directed by City Theatre newcomer Joshua Kahan Brody, the production runs on the Main Stage September 23 – October 15, 2017. Tickets are on sale now.

“We’re excited to kick off another season of bold storytelling and fresh perspectives with Halley Feiffer’s poignant, wild ride of a play,” said City Theatre Artistic Producer, Reginald L. Douglas. “I think everyone can agree that laughter is the best medicine, and boy, could we use some laughs right now. I’m sure audiences will find Halley’s unique gift for finding comedy and romance in spite of the awkward setting, to be a pitch-perfect and hilarious way to usher in the fall.”

About A Funny Thing Happened Sparks fly when struggling stand-up Karla meets super-nerd Don after their mothers are assigned to the same room in the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. A wickedly funny tale of finding love—and lust—in the strangest of places, A Funny Thing Happened… is a meet-cute for the modern era that The New York Times called “irresistible.” Rated R for dark humor and dirty mouths.

“It’s really interesting as you get older and meet more people and have more in-depth conversations, you realize that your way of going through the world might not be the way that everyone does,” said playwright Halley Feiffer. “I’ve always chosen humor to cope with anything really. It just comes naturally to me. Both of my parents are incredibly funny people; that’s how I was raised and it’s in my blood. So I’ve found myself making jokes at the most inappropriate moments. I’ve also found it rather pleasantly surprising how healing it can be—and how responsive others may be to it, too—in ways that you might not expect. Even in the most painful of circumstances it really is, in my experience, the most effective tool to move through them with compassion and lightness.”

City Theatre’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City is directed by Joshua Kahan Brody. The cast includes Jenni Putney in her City Theatre debut as Karla, Tim McGeever (Hand to God, City Theatre, 2016) as Don, Kendra McLaughlin as Geena, and Helena Ruoti (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, City Theatre, 2013) as Marcie. Tony Ferrieri is scenic designer, Michael Montgomery is costume designer, Andrew David Ostrowski is lighting designer, Zachary Beattie Brown is sound designer, and Patti Kelly is stage manager. The production is sponsored by City Theatre Board President Beth W. Newbold and Patrick Winkler.

Halley Feiffer’s writing credits include I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City, and How To Make Friends And Then Kill Them. Her plays have been produced around the country and in the UK, and have been developed by Second Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and elsewhere; they are published by Dramatists Play Service and Overlook Press. Her work has been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, Williamstown Theater Festival and three times by Manhattan Theater Club. She has written for the Starz series The One Percent (co-created by Alejandro Iñárritu), the upcoming Showtime series Purity (based on the novel by Jonathan Franzen), and is developing an original television project with Indigenous Media and two original series with Scott Rudin Productions. She teaches Playwriting at NYU. Acting credits include the Broadway revivals of The Front Page and The House of Blue Leaves, as well as numerous off-Broadway productions including Tigers Be Still. Television and film work includes HBO’s Mildred Piece and Bored to Death and the films The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, and He’s Way More Famous than You, which she also co-wrote.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY UNIT AT MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER CENTER OF NEW YORK CITY

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
September 23 – October 15, 2017

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and/or 7:00 p.m.

Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m.

Saturdays at 1:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and/or 9:00 p.m.

Sundays at 2:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.

For a complete listing of show times, please visit CityTheatreCompany.org or call 412-431-2489.

PRESS & OPENING NIGHT
Friday, September 29 at 8:00 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS

City Connects Happy Hour Wednesday, September 27 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Meet the City Connects partners for the 2017-18 season and learn more about how to get involved with your community by bridging art and activism. Enjoy drink specials and mingling in the Gordon Lounge beginning at 5:30 p.m. A brief introduction to the YWCA – featured City Connects partner for the evening – will take place on the stage immediately before the performance.

Post-Show Talkbacks Sundays October 1 and 8, following the 2:00 p.m. performances
Hosted by Director of New Play Development, Clare Drobot, post-show talkbacks encourage audiences to engage with the artists behind the performances.

Greenroom: Art & Afterparty Friday, October 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Join the cast and artistic team for a party in the Gordon Lounge following the performance, with a standup set by special guests Gab Bonesso and Zach Funk, presented in partnership with Comedy Arts Pittsburgh. Complimentary house wine, Penn Brewery beer, and light snacks will be provided. Tickets are just $25 for the evening with promocode GREENROOM.

Pay What You Want Saturday, October 7 at 1:00 p.m.
A block of tickets is reserved for audience members to name their own price at this performance. Walk up sales only, beginning two hours before curtain. Call the box office to check on availability.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES:
ASL Interpretation Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Open Caption & Audio Description Sunday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m.

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION:
412.431.CITY (2489) or CityTheatreCompany.org
Tickets start at $38

DISCOUNTS:
Under 30: Reserve $15 tickets in advance for performances except Opening Night and Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.; rush tickets may be available at those performances. Must present ID to receive Under 30 pricing.
Seniors age 62 and older: $24 rush tickets may be purchased at the box office beginning two hours before curtain, based on availability.
Groups of ten or more: Contact Joel Ambrose at 412.431.4400 x286.

WHERE:
1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)
Port Authority bus routes: 48, 51, 54, 81, 83

PARKING:
Patron parking is available in the lot across from the City Theatre entrances for $8, subject to availability.
South Side Nite Rider: Friday and Saturday evenings only. Patrons may park for free at the Second Avenue Parking Plaza and use a shuttle with drop off at nearby Bedford Square. Details: ssniterider.com.

ABOUT CITY THEATRE:
City Theatre is Pittsburgh’s home for bold new plays. Located in the historic South Side, the company produces a season of regional and world premieres, including the upcoming Citizens Market by Cori Thomas and Nomad Motel by Carla Ching. City Theatre’s mission is to provide an artistic home for the development and production of contemporary plays of substance and ideas that engage and challenge a diverse audience.

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PREVIEW: Original ‘Sister’ show returning to City Theatre next month

August 18th, 2017

TribLIVE.com | By Joanne Klimovich Harrop
August 18, 2017

“The run will include the 800th show for Kim Richards, a Pittsburgh native, as the unflappable Sister. She will hit the milestone on Sept. 9.”

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