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City Paper Review: The Lady may be a little dated, but she’s still lovely

by Michelle Pilecki Oscar Wilde still speaks to us, in a language we can easily understand. It’s hard to disagree with the judgment of Alan Stanford, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre interim artistic director, who contends Wilde was truly a 20th-century writer, even though he died before the end of 1900. It’s a bit more… Read more »

Tribune-Review: Wilde’s ‘Lady’ has a lot to say no matter the setting

Jodi Gage (Lady Windermere) and John Demita (Lord Darlington) by Jasmine Goldband, Tribune-Review

by Alice Carter Do playwright Oscar Wilde’s works need updating? Director and adapter Alan Stanford thinks so. Each time Stanford, the interim producing artistic director for Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre has directed Wilde’s “Lady Windermere’s Fan,” he has kept it in London but moved it from its original 1892 time frame. His rationale is that,… Read more »

Trib Preview: Slightly updated ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ keeps Oscar Wilde at its heart

Leo Marks and Jodi Gage by Jasmine Goldband

by Alice Carter Director Alan Stanford believes that any great play constantly reinvents itself. Sometimes it does it on its own as audiences continue to find new truths in new productions of classics, such as “Hamlet” or “King Lear.” At other times, those reinventions are inspired by the director’s vision. As director of the Pittsburgh Irish… Read more »

Theatre Review: Giles puts mark on retelling of Tolstoy tale

Gwen Titley Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By Alice Carter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Be wary of your seatmates when on a journey. Travelers frequently form an instant intimacy with fellow voyagers and end up revealing secrets and inner conflicts they wouldn’t share with their best friends. Consider Nancy Harris’ “The Kreutzer Sonata,” which Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre is performing through June 22… Read more »

City Paper Review: Martin Giles shines in this monologue based on the Tolstoy novella

How timely Leo Tolstoy can be, in the hands of Irish playwright Nancy Harris and Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre. The Kreutzer Sonata, which started life in 1889 as a scandalous novella, has tempted many artists in various media, from still painting to multimedia extravaganzas. But Harris’ 2009 one-act monologue provides a truly meaty adaptation… Read more »

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre’s ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ blends song, drama

Tribune Review Photo by Gwen Titley

By Alice T. Carter Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 7:06 p.m. Martin Giles is the sole actor in Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre‘s “The Kreutzer Sonata.” But he won’t be alone onstage. His acting partners will be violinist Juan Jaramillo, pianist Alaine Fink and the music of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata. No, it’s not a musical, and Giles won’t be… Read more »

Stage preview: PICT offers love triangle set to music

Post-Gazette photo of Martin Giles

By Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editor’s note: In the original version of this story, the names of Gianni Downs and Jesse Sedon-Essad were misspelled. The title of the play in question is taken from Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9, also known as “The Kreutzer Sonata” and best known for its grueling violin part and emotional scope…. Read more »

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Saturday Diary: If only we could someday say ‘never again’

image of book cover Neighbors by Jan T. Gross

By Dan Simpson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sometimes matters I get involved in here in Pittsburgh call up for me memories from previous lives I have led. Some are informative if not pleasant. The Pittsburgh Irish and Classic Theatre asked me to moderate a panel on a difficult but excellent play they presented, “Our Class,” based in part… Read more »