Posts Categorized: In the News

Oliver Twist at PICT Classic: Few holds are barred in Dickens’ portrayal of the vicious cycle of poverty and cruelty.

By Michelle Pilecki, Pittsburgh City Paper Serendipitously, PICT Classic Theatre’s production of Oliver Twist reflects the controversy of Pope Francis’ stern comments on the meaning and celebrations of Christmas. No froth or frivolity, Twist slams into the travails of the poor and less fortunate, while their “betters” (as His Holiness also notes) carelessly demean — or even… Read more »

Review: Darker ‘Oliver Twist’ maintains hope

By Alice T. Carter, Trib Total Media There’s not a snowflake or a glowing Christmas tree to be found in Pict Classic Theatre’s holiday production. Do not go in anticipation of the colorful, sugar-coated Lionel Bart musical “Oliver!” This staging of Charles Dickens’ 1837 novel “Oliver Twist” is the darker, more dramatic adaptation Alan Stanford, Pict’s… Read more »

Stage review: PICT Classic Theatre presents a gritty version of Charles Dickens’ classic

By Christopher Rawson, Pittsburgh Post Gazette Homer, Shakespeare, Cervantes – whatever their genres, the great authors were always great storytellers. Victorian novelist Charles Dickens (1812-70) belongs in that elite company, and although he wrote little for theater, he had a very high dramatic sense and there have always been those to adapt his wonderful stories… 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 »

Keeping Up with the Conlee’s

by Pittsburgh Stage Magazine   I’ve seen quite a few Irish plays in my time that have been set inside little cottages or one room inside an old house. The walls look the same, as do the doors and decor, there’s usually an implied ceiling. That’s not a criticism on any scene design or on… Read more »

“Sharon’s Grave” at PICT Classic

Director Aoife Spillane-Hinks nurtures Keane’s rich language and Celtic mythos with harshness as well as tenderness By Stuart Sheppard, City Paper It is fashionable to compare John B. Keane’s Sharon’s Grave (1960) and the work of fellow Irishman Samuel Beckett. But PICT Classic Theatre’s production has more in common with ancient Greek tragedy than with… Read more »