A Trio of December Theater Debuts

Plus, an intimate homecoming for singer Parry Adams and a holiday album from Nina Sainato.


Heading to the theater during the last month of the year may inspire visions of Nutcrackers, Christmas Carols—the Dickens or sung variety—or, at best, the Rockettes. But if your December theater-going is limited to productions that will prominently involve a sugar plum fairy, it’s time to look a little closer. This month, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre concludes its 2011 season with The Mask of Moriarty, a take on Sherlock Holmes from Irish playwright Hugh Leonard; PICT says the unique script “throws everything into the mix—from mop-headed hunchbacks to Hitler’s secret parentage, even the identity of Jack the Ripper!” Quantum will launch the first fully staged production of local playwright Gab Cody’s absurd Godot ode, Fat Beckett; the playwright will perform her own creation in an appropriately Quantum-esque location. And Off the Wall Productions continues to keep us on our toes with The House of Yes, a mansion-to-madhouse tale of holiday disaster. Get your tickets now—most runs are shorter, due to the holiday! 

(The Mask of Moriarty, Stephen Foster Memorial, 4301 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Dec. 1-17. $40-50. Info: picttheatre.org. Fat Beckett, Old School House, 4830 Hatfield St., Lawrenceville. Dec. 2-18. $35-45. Info: quantumtheatre.com. The House of Yes, Off the Wall Theater, 147 N. Main St., Washington. Dec. 2-17. $15-30. Info: insideoffthewall.com)


Irwin native and Point Park grad Parry Adams probably never pictured herself sitting behind a piano at South Side’s Club Cafe. The singer, dancer and poet graduated with a degree in musical theater and danced full-time for years before deciding that, among her many talents and passions, singing was closest to her heart. Now, with a debut EP released after years of honing her sound in New York, she’s touring—and returning to her hometown as a performer for the first time. Parry talked with After Dark about her music and career, and what it means to take the stage in Pittsburgh. Check out After Dark for the interview, and head out to Club Cafe Friday night!


Nina Sainato, a classically trained local rock and jazz vocalist and pianist, spent her childhood parked in front of a piano, learning the masters while harboring a love of rock and roll. Today, she brings a huge, bold voice and fiery nature to well-crafted songs, and has just released a diverse Christmas album called Holly and Ivory. Spirited takes on “Run Run Rudolph” and “Rockin’ Little Christmas” share space with instrumentals of “Oh Holy Night” and “Carol of the Bells”; for ultimate ‘Burgh cred, check out “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” a duet with none other than Donnie Iris. Nina’s CD release party is this Saturday at her regular stomping grounds, Arpino Trattoria restaurant in Greentree; bring a bottle of wine and celebrate the season in (Pittsburgh) style!

(Arpino Trattoria, Manor Oak Village, 1910 Cochran Road, Greentree. Sat., 6-8 p.m. Free. BYOB. Info: ninasainato.com)

New films coming to Pittsburgh this weekend include a trio of indie selections after the Thanksgiving blockbuster weekend. Regent Square Theater is rolling out Pedro Almodovar’s thriller The Skin I Live In; the Harris has Werner Herzog’s intense capital punishment doc Into the Abyss; and the Oaks has star-studded Wall Street thriller Margin Call. PM Film Editor Sean Collier is somehow still in a turkey coma and won’t be on WDVE this week; he’s pretty sure any one of those would be an excellent choice, however. And if you haven’t seen The Muppets yet, why not?

Presents for Patients will kick off the 28th season today from 5-7 p.m. at St. Barnabas’ Gibsonia Campus. The free Christmas celebration is open to the community, inviting families and neighbors for a night under the stars as St. Barnabas lights the 90-foot Christmas tree. READ MORE.

Crate Cooking School and Kitchen Ware is hosting an All Clad Seconds Sale Dec. 2-4. Crate is the only retail store in the country that offers the All-Clad factory seconds sale in conjunction with the Washington Fairgrounds sale! READ MORE.

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