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 »
Read the Pittsburgh Quarterly review of OEDIPUS REX here.
Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review of OEDIPUS REX here.
Read the Pittsburgh City Paper review of OEDIPUS REX here.
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 »
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 »
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 »