“Shakesburgh” by Bricolage: A Must-See

Achievement: #95. Attend 3 Small-Venue Shows

When we originally conceived of the idea to attend three small-venue shows this year, we were only thinking about the number of intimate concert venues in Pittsburgh. But one thing that’s fabulous about this city is that we also have a number of intimate live theater venues – City Theater, the O’Reilly, and the New Hazlett Theater just to name a few.

Bricolage Midnight Radio - Shakesburgh
But one of our absolute favorite small-venue theater spots in Pittsburgh is Bricolage theater downtown on Liberty Avenue. And one of our favorite things that they do is the Midnight Radio Series. (That link is to our 2010 review of their outstanding performance of War of the Worlds, which they will be doing again this October – get your tickets NOW before they sell out!)

So, when we were asked to attend the Midnight Radio performance of Shakesburgh – oh yes, a magical theater production where the Bard’s plays and Pittsburghese collide – we just couldn’t say no!*

Bricolage Midnight Radio - Shakesburgh
Since crowd interaction is the cornerstone of Bricolage performances (if you missed their mind-blowing show STRATA last summer, cross your fingers that it comes up again – that was crowd interaction at a groundbreaking level), there are plenty of things to do in the lobby while waiting for the show to start. At Shakesburgh, you can write Yinzery magnetic fridge felt poetry.

Bricolage Midnight Radio - Shakesburgh
And don’t forget to put in your favorite nouns and verbs for the MadLibs section of the evening! (Yeah… yeah, I’m writing ‘dangly’ for my adjective choice.)

Bricolage Midnight Radio - Shakesburgh
Here was the final MadLib board for the show. Don’t you just wish *all* theater performances had the words ‘slippy’ and ‘chip-chopped ham’ in them??

Bricolage Midnight Radio - Shakesburgh
We Twitterati sat in the back row, so as not to disturb all yinz other guys with our phone screens bein all lit up n’at for the whole show.

Bricolage Midnight Radio - Shakesburgh
This is the standard stage setup for the Midnight Radio shows – it’s like sitting in the studio audience of a live radio broadcast, which, in case you didn’t know, is freaking cool. You can do this two ways: one, close your eyes and imagine you’re listening in live on the radio, or two, be real nebby about everything and get to see how all the cool sounds are made. (Full disclosure: Spam may or may not be involved in stabbings.)

Bricolage Midnight Radio - Shakesburgh
And at last, the fabulously talented actors took the stage (Full disclosure II: this is radio; there was no full disclosure of Patrick Jordan this time – sorry ladies!). Shakesburgh was set to begin!

Bricolage Midnight Radio - Shakesburgh
Have you ever wondered what the weird sisters of Macbeth would put in their cauldron if they were just some nebby hairnet honeys from dahn the Sahth Side Slopes? Jack Lambert’s toenail for sure.

Bricolage Midnight Radio - Shakesburgh
Another highlight of the Midnight Radio performances are the live commercial breaks. Not to give out any spoilers but, uh, Cod Piece is a pretty big deal.

Bricolage Midnight Radio - Shakesburgh
I’m not going to give out another spoiler and tell you that you’ll feel so proud of yourself for writing ‘your mom’s house’ under ‘location’ on the MadLibs board but… well. It was kind of my shining moment of life.

Bricolage Midnight Radio - Shakesburgh
Audience participation reaches a new level during Shakespeare-inspired Family Feud.

Bricolage Midnight Radio - Shakesburgh
And seriously, Bricolage, seriously, I swear to you that if there is ever *actually* a Twelfth Night of the Living Dead, I will *SO* be one of the first in line to get tickets.

(Don’t worry – there are even more hilarious moments that I won’t spoil for you, because you need to get there and experience this masterpiece for yourself.)

The final skit of the night is the ‘you’re legit going to LOL but hopefully only ROFLMAO if you’re in the front row and won’t land on anyone’ funny: Romeo and Juliet of Fair Verona, PA. We were losing it, start to finish. And when they brought out the friar who sounds like a dearly-missed Pittsburgh celebrity… And THEN they talked about CROSSING THE RIVERS FOR LOVE! Oh! AND! FEUDING FAMILIES CALLING EACH OTHER OUT ON BEIN THE JAGOFFS YINZ KNOW YOU ARE.

There are two performances of Shakesburgh remaining, tonight (October 4) and tomorrow (October 5) at 9pm. We highly recommend you pop in to check it out (you can get tickets at the Bricolage website.)

I mean: don’t be a jag like that Browns fan who lives dahn the street from ya. Get yinz to Bricolage, and enjoy some laughs with your fellow Yinzers!

*Disclosure statement: we were graciously gifted tickets to the September 26th performance of Shakesburgh in exchange for an honest live-Tweet session throughout the play. That we fell madly in love and decided to blog about it too were our own decisions.


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2 Responses to “Shakesburgh” by Bricolage: A Must-See

  1. Woubbie

    I wanna go next time!

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