“Conner provides strong and abundant evidence of a vibrant and continuous theater communiy that changed along with the social and economic communities that embraced it.”—Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“Decades ago staples of American theater history studies were local histories, a phenomenon now rare. Lynne Conner's more integrated, contextualized, and sophisticated approach to Pittsburgh theater history, however, forces us to rethink the writing of similar studies and serves as a model that will inspire and, one hopes, lead to other similar and much needed efforts throughout the United States.”--Don B. Wilmeth, Editor, Cambridge Guide to American Theatre
"A a revelation for what it uncovers of early Pittsburgh theater. I think of August Wilson, who said he and his friends thought they had to invent black theater in the 1970s—if he'd had Lynne's book, he would have known there were folks living who could have shared their experience with him. As his plays all demonstrate, you can't take confident strides forward without being well grounded in the past."
“Directing her spotlight on the surprisingly long and rich history of theater in Pittsburgh, Conner has produced a vital contribution to the literature about one of America's most intriguing cities. Conner not only illuminates little-known facets of our cultural heritage, but also transports readers from the stage to behind the scenes and into the audience to reinterpret Pittsburgh's 'all work' image. Pittsburgh in Stages is a valuable book that will be consulted for years to come.”--Mary Brignano, Author, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera: How the Dreams Came True
”Enlightening . . . a definitive history. A superb job of describing the evolution of Pittsburgh theater.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
”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
“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.”—Theatre Journal