America’s ‘hottest new play’ is ready to rock Pittsburgh

“The hottest play in America” comes to Pittsburgh when “Cambodian Rock Band” opens City Theatre’s 45th season this week.

The success of the play, plus the $275,000 Doris Duke Artists prize for contribution to theater and other prestigious rewards, have given Lauren Yee the kind of year playwrights dream of. The three-city production that begins previews here Saturday is one of two productions currently making their way across the country.

The play with music — a mini-concert, really — was commissioned by South Coast Repertory when Marc Masterson was artistic director, and has followed him to City Theatre, where he currently holds that title. It not only opens a landmark year but it also begins the first season since his return to the South Side company.

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