Briefs: City Theatre Production, Local Actress Receive Nods

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Briefs: City Theatre Production, Local Actress Receive Nods


"Opus," a co-production of City Theatre and Philadelphia's Arden Theatre, and actress Erika Cuenca, of Squirrel Hill, have received nominations for Philadelphia's Barrymore Awards.

Written by Michael Hollinger, "Opus" concerns a fictional string quartet that performs harmoniously onstage while discord, tempers and temperament flare offstage.

The play had a developmental reading at City Theatre in the spring of 2005 during the South Side theater's Momentum 05 development workshop. This year, City Theatre and Arden Theatre co- produced a fully staged world premiere of "Opus" that played at City Theatre March 17-April 9.

Hollinger received a nomination for outstanding new play, and Cuenca was nominated for outstanding supporting actress for her portrayal of Grace. In addition, the play's director, Terrence J. Nolen, was nominated for outstanding direction of a play. "Opus" also received nominations for overall production of a play, outstanding ensemble in a play and outstanding sound design (Jorge Cousineau) as well as for new approach and collaboration (Arden Theatre Company and Vertigo String Quarter).

Created by The Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia in 1994, the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre is an annual awards program that honors excellence in acting, design, choreography, music, education, community service and lifetime achievement.

Nominations and awards are made by a nominating committee that annually reviews more than 100 productions created by professional theaters in the Philadelphia region.

The awards ceremony will take place Oct. 23 at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia.

-- Alice Carter

Providence Plantation plans 'Colonial Evening'

"A Colonial Evening at Providence Plantation," featuring 18th- century-style foods, music and character portrayals, opens at 5 p.m. today at the nonprofit landmark, located on 44 acres in Jackson Township, Butler County.

Tickets -- available at the door - are $10; $5 per child, age 11 and younger. Reservations are requested.

A guided tour will precede a wine-and-cheese reception, character impersonations, and a meal of period foods, with music. Haflinger horses and American fox hounds "Duke" and "Duchess" will be on site, and guests can view landscaping and painting projects completed by area Boy Scouts.

Founded in 2003, Providence Plantation exists to acquaint people with life along America's first frontier.

Providence Plantation is at 300 Textor Hill Road, Jackson Township, a few miles from Exit 87 of I-79.

Details: www.providenceplantationinc.org or 724-538-8818.

-- Deborah Deasy

Cultural events in the city

City Theatre presents "Late Nite Catechism 2" at 5:30 and 9 p.m. Performances continue in an open-ended run at the Lester Hamburg Studio Theatre of City Theater, 1300 Bingham St., South Side. $35. 412-431-2489.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents "Sing-A-Long Mary Poppins" at 3:30 p.m. and "Rent" at 8 p.m. at the Byham Theater, Downtown, as part of the Summer Film Series, which runs through Sunday. $10, or pay your age for younger than 10 for "Mary Poppins," and $5 for "Rent." 412-456-6666.

11-year-old singer wins 'America's Got Talent'

An 11-year-old Philadelphia girl with grown-up singing skills captured the finale Thursday of NBC's "America's Got Talent" -- and claimed the $1 million prize.

When Bianca Ryan's name was announced, the 11-year-old's jaw dropped and she could barely answer host Regis Philbin's questions.

"You all right? Bianca, how do you feel darling? You OK?" Philbin said.

"Oh my god, I don't even know!" a stunned Ryan said as tears streamed down her face.

Her rendition of Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart" earned rave reviews.

-- The Associated Press

Ebert optimistic about returning to work

Film critic Roger Ebert, who is battling cancer in a Chicago hospital, says he looks forward to coming back to work despite a hard road to recovery that has kept him hospitalized for three months. …

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