by CHRISTOPHER RAWSON Pittsburgh Post-Gazette In one sense, “Sive” is just a quasi-melodramatic Irish tragedy, like a rural “Romeo and Juliet.” But hearing its unexpected passages of dark, poetic passion, you’ll find it’s much more. John B. Keane (1928-2002) is one of the master Irish playwrights, which means he’s a master of a high sort…. Read more »
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by STUART SHEPPARD | Pittsburgh City Paper Sive (rhymes with “dive”) is the kind of play that bedevils New York critics. One recently called it “a clunky old melodrama” (sniff), and although it is indeed a simple tale, I suspect that its lack of vulgarity and profanity is really what prevents it from being cool… Read more »
by CAYLEIGH BONIGER | Pittsburgh in the Round The cut-away of an Irish cottage that serves as a set for PICT’s production of John B. Keane’s Sive (pronounced sigh-ve), looks a quaint place, if sparse and threadbare, but it will house a destructive tableau of hungry, grasping poverty. What befalls because of it prompts Nanna… Read more »
by SALLY QUINN | Tribune-Review Pict Classic Theatre ends its season with a John B. Keane Pittsburgh premiere. The Pict audience was first introduced to the Irish playwright two years ago to popular acclaim with “Sharon’s Grave.” Though not well known here, Keane has been one of the most acclaimed playwrights in his homeland since… Read more »
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by ISAAC CROW | Pittsburgh in the Round It’s well into the holiday season and there’s a chance you’ve either had or will have a tense family dinner. No matter your family situation, you’re probably not going have as tense a Christmas as King Henry II and his family. In James Goldman’s The Lion in… Read more »
by SHARON EBERSON | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Watching the Plantagenet family going at each other is like witnessing a PSA for how not to treat loved ones. The scheming royals circa 1183 hurl insults and aim dagger-sharp cruelty at children, parents and lovers. And yet, “The Lion in Winter” is wicked fun, too. The PICT Classic… Read more »
by STUART SHEPPARD | Pittsburgh City Paper There is a delicious insouciance among the characters in PICT Classic Theatre’s The Lion in Winter, which is refreshing, as so many productions these days fall prey to psychological tendentiousness. This 1966 play by James Goldman examines the intrigue that besets the royal family of Henry II during… Read more »