center stageBY ROBERT ISENBERG
Room of Dreams
CITY THEATRE, Jan. 18-Feb. 9/ For young Americans, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a face on a
postage stamp and the man behind the legendary “I Have a Dream” speech. But who was Dr. King?
“The Mountaintop” is an important play because it attempts to humanize the civil rights
movement’s most essential leader. Written by Katori Hall, this international hit takes place in King’s
hotel room on April 3, 1968 — the night before he was killed. [1300 Bingham St., South Side;
QUANTUM THEATRE, Jan. 31-Feb. 16/
What would you do if someone you love just
vanished? You presume they weren’t abducted
or brainwashed, but you’re also not sure
why they disappeared. J. T. Rogers’ complex
monologue play “Madagascar” addresses that
question from the perspective of the people left
behind. [The Carlyle, 306 Fourth Ave., downtown;
PLAYHOUSE REP, Jan. 31-Feb. 16/ At the
height of the Iraq War, the battlefield became a
shadowy landscape of improvised explosives,
routine kidnapping and torture videos secretly
delivered to TV networks. Playwright EM Lewis
imagined life as a Western hostage, and her
drama “Heads” is the result. As the play’s
captured characters await their uncertain
fates, they wonder if they’ll face the war’s most
appalling execution. Discover the outcome of this
topical work, presented at Point Park University’s
Pittsburgh Playhouse. [222 Craft Ave., Oakland;
GEMINI CHILDREN’S THEATER, Jan.
11-Feb. 2/ They may be crass, and they may be
cruel. Despite their bad manners and missing
teeth, pirates can make everybody smile,
especially children. Gemini has long produced
stage adaptations of favorite fairy tales, but
“Pirate Princess Adventure” is wholly original.
This interactive musical comedy takes kids on a
journey to the high seas, where you can expect
sailors’ shanties and buried treasure. The show
will especially appeal to landlubbers 8 and
younger, who must be accompanied by adults.
[The Factory, 7501 Penn Ave., Point Breeze;
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