Maria Zayas Staffwriter

Class of 2010


  • Next to Normal falls short of expectations

    Next to Normal, the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical, revolves around the Goodman family as it struggles against the effects of mental illness, drug abuse, ethics, the cons of psychiatric therapy, and themes of loss and acceptance. Last week, the show ran at the Benedum Theater starring the original cast.

    Pillbox | April 11, 2011
  • "Rain" a worthy experience

    The first noticeable characteristic of “Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles” when walking into Heinz Hall was the audience. Although The Beatles are cross-generational, on Tuesday night Pittsburgh’s older generation dominated the audience. Now, a production packed with the city’s baby boomers may not sound particularly appealing, but really, there is no other way to listen to 1960s music live. Listenin...

    Pillbox | January 17, 2011
  • Kosovo’s independence hinges on freedom from oppression

    History is undeniably important as a defining factor in a nation’s identity. From understanding a culture’s history, it’s possible to learn how that culture got where it is today and where it’s going. But how far back does one have to go in a nation’s history in order to validate its present?

    Forum | March 3, 2008
  • Castro's little lie

    Fidel Castro’s name has haunted me since I was a child in Venezuela, frequently hearing horror stories about him from my expatriate Cuban family. He was my political boogeyman, lurking in the shadows to arrest my freedom-loving parents. He was the monster who fostered poverty, forcing people to wait in long lines for food rations. As an older child in Miami, the grocery store was like a forum; old...

    Forum | February 25, 2008
  • The Scales of Memory

    On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Dance Council, in association with the August Wilson Center for African-American Culture, presented Les écailles de la mémoire (The Scales of Memory) at the Byham Theater. The show was a collaborative performance between the New York-based all-female company Urban Bush Women and the Senegal-based all-male Compagnie Jant-Bi. It featured seven dancers from each company....

    Pillbox | February 11, 2008

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