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‘The Lion in Winter’ Stage Review: An excellent cast makes this history play sing – Pittsburgh City Paper

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 »

Stage Review: The Merchant of Venice at PICT Classic Theatre – Pittsburgh City Paper

by STUART SHEPPARD | Pittsburgh City Paper Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice might be the hardest of his plays to interpret (after Hamlet), simply because of its harsh literalness, which can be difficult for modern audiences to accept. The caustic nature of this world is constantly at war with its ironic essence, producing a tense… Read more »

Stage Review: PICT shows relevancy of the Bard’s ‘Merchant of Venice’ – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

by CHRISTOPHER RAWSON | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Why now? Why Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” in 2016? Because money still trumps love. Because racism and anti-Semitism flourish. And because the quality of mercy is indeed strained — which means “constrained,” i.e. limited. Portia is talking about how things ought to be, while we (and she) know… Read more »

Stage Review: ‘Shirley Valentine’ at PICT Classic Theatre – Pittsburgh City Paper

by TED HOOVER | Pittsburgh City Paper Big news: PICT Classic Theatre has left its long-time residence at the University of Pittsburgh and headed northeast — specifically, to Highland Park and the Union Project. A beautifully refurbished one-time church, the Project’s Great Hall is now home to PICT’s new season. First up is Willy Russell’s… Read more »

Stage Review: PICT opens season with life-affirming ‘Shirley Valentine’ – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

by SHARON EBERSON | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Shirley might as well talk to the wall, for as much as anyone listens to her. So she does. Constantly. At 42, the Liverpudlian housewife Shirley Bradshaw fixes a meal she knows will displease her husband while addressing her kitchen wall, wondering how the rebellious girl who was Shirley… Read more »

Stage preview: British playwright’s works becoming a top pick for PICT – Tribune-Review

by ALICE T. CARTER | Tribune-Review PICT Classic Theatre kicks off its 2016-17 season of with a second look at the works of British playwright Willy Russell. Following up on last season’s production of Russell’s 1988 two-character “Educating Rita,” the company will offer “Shirley Valentine,” the one-woman comedic drama that received a 1989 Tony Award… Read more »

Stage preview: PICT journeys toward the future with ‘Shirley Valentine’ – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

by SHARON EBERSON | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Alan Stanford is happy to report that PICT Classic Theatre is in the midst of a rebirth. “I never want to live through another season like the last one,” he said of 2015, when a shortfall forced the cancellation of two shows and the company lost its longtime Oakland… Read more »

Happy New Year! Let’s look back at 2015.

Happy New Year, PICT friends! We send a heartfelt thank-you to each and every one of our fans for believing in and supporting us throughout our 2015 Season. We couldn’t have done it without you! There were certainly some dire situations and tough decisions to be made for PICT in 2015. But through your generous… Read more »

‘Match’ that lit Irish rebellion of 1916 remembered

By Len Barcousky / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette When Padraig Pearse spoke at the graveside of an elderly Irish nationalist 100 years ago, his brief speech was compared to a match that lit the straw of rebellion. “Ireland unfree shall never be at peace,” Pearse told his listeners at Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery on Aug. 1, 1915, at… Read more »