A Pulitzer Prize-winning drama set at a Pennsylvania mill and a world-premiere interactive musical patterned after a game show are a couple of fun shows to consider.
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Other entertainment options to consider this weekend:
• A 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama set around a Pennsylvania steel tubing plant makes its Pittsburgh debut Friday at the O’Reilly Theater in the city’s Cultural District.
Presented by Pittsburgh Public Theater, “Sweat” shows the impact on a group of friends after their union jobs become in jeopardy.
“Sweat” begins with a quick scene in 2008 when two young men meet their parole officer. The play then jumps back to 2000 in a bar where the regulars include best friends who have spent their days together on the factory floor at Olstead’s Steel Tubing.
Playwright Lynn Nottage researched “Sweat” through extensive interviews with manufacturing employees in Reading, Pa. Patrick Cannon, a West Allegheny High School graduate, plays one of the lead roles.
Forged with powerful realism and sharp humor, “Sweat” runs through Dec. 9. Tickets cost $30 to $80 for those ages 27 and older ($16.50 for anyone younger), available at 412-316-1600, ppt.org or the O’Reilly’s box office.
• “What would you do with $10 million?” asks the Pittsburgh CLO’s new show, “Game On,” making its world premiere Friday at the Greer Cabaret Theater in the Cultural District.
An interactive musical, “Game On,” draws inspiration from prime-time TV game shows. The audience will feel like it’s at a live taping where a huge jackpot is at stake. The game show’s host is named Monty Price.
Ticket prices are $31.25 to $59.75, with the show running through Jan. 27.
• On Friday, “The Grinch,” a new animated take on Dr. Seuss’ holiday classic, will arrive at local theaters, including the Tull Family Theater in Sewickley. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the mean, green icon, with other voices supplied by Rashida Jones and Angela Lansbury.