”For readers seeking a glimpse of the inner workings of theater personnel and cultural brokers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, ‘Pittsburgh in Stages’ is a good start. For those who want a stimulating synopsis within an accurate social and political setting, this is it.”
—Pennsylvania Magazine of History & Biography
"Enlightening . . . a definitive history . . . a superb job of describing the evolution of Pittsburgh theater."
“A unique work of historical scholarship. Conner’s finest achievement is how in constructing this ‘social history’ she so vividly demonstrates the deep ties of Pittsburgh theatre to its ethnic and religious communities in a manner that the different cultures of the city’s diverse neighborhoods come alive in the reader’s mind. . . Adorned with excellent illustrations, maps and photos.”
—New England Theatre Journal
“Ultimately, in treating stage productions and their reception as a barometer of civic development and community life, [‘Pittsburgh in Stages’] reveals as much about the social and economic oganization of Pittsburgh as it does about theatre history.”
About the Author
Lynne Conner is associate professor of theater arts at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of Spreading the Gospel of Modern Dance: Newspaper Dance Criticism in the United States, 1850-1935 and coauthor of In the Garden of Live Flowers. Her arts commentary and performance reviews have appeared in a wide variety of journals, newspapers, documentaries, and radio broadcasts.