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Unexpected Performances

Escape the traditional and unleash your imagination in Pittsburgh. Don't miss a performance by one of these completely unexpected and innovative theater companies.

All the city's a stage in Pittsburgh. Seriously. Cutting-edge Quantum Theatre performs throughout the city in non-traditional spaces. Think cemetery, park or parking garage. And then think: wildly entertaining. The intense and modern Attack Theatre combines dance, original live music and multimedia art forms in traditional and nontraditional spaces as well.

Bricolage, meaning "making artful use of what is at hand," envisions theater as an experience for artists and audience alike. This adventurous theater company creates high-quality theatrical experiences.

Downtown's newest destination for all things comedy is Arcade Comedy Theater. The nonprofit theater is an intimate 75-seat space hosting stand-up comedians, improvisational artists, sketch shows, variety acts and humorous performers of all types.

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre develops and showcases the works of local playwrights, from accomplished masters like August Wilson to promising new talents. Performances happen in the penthouse at 937 Liberty Avenue in the Cultural District.

Pittsburgh's newest theater company is The Phoenix. See challenging works by both U.S. and international playwrights with a philosophy that questions the status quo on challenging issues of race, class and religion, just to name a few. Performances take place at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre.

Catch a performance of Squonk won't be disappointed! Each performance features original music, design, staging and definite outside-the-box thinking. Just to give you an idea, their first show was created more than 20 years ago in a Pittsburgh junkyard.

Other cutting-edge theater groups that are well worth watching include Stage 62, performing in the Andrew Carnegie Free Library in Carnegie; the No Name Players in Mt. Lebanon; Off the Wall in Washington, Pa.; Prime Stage Theatre Company, performing at the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side; and Barebones Productions, also based in the Hazlett.