Posts Categorized: In the News

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 »

Harrowing Play Our Class Closes Saturday

by Bill O’Driscoll Four performances remain of this Pittsburgh-premiere production of a recent play about a Polish war atrocity little-known in the U.S. Our Class, by Tadeusz Slobodzianek, is an artful docudrama that follows from childhood — and until death — a group of 10 classmates in the Polish village where, in 1941, Catholic villagers herded as… Read more »

Review: A play from Poland potently explores a homegrown war atrocity.

Wladek cares for Marianna. Photo by Suellen Fitzsimmons.

Pittsburgh City Paper: by Ted Hoover In 1941, in the Polish village of Jedwabne, a large group of Jewish residents were locked in a barn and burned alive … and 70 years later, those are the only facts everyone agrees on. In post-war occupied Poland, the “official” version was that Nazis carried out the murder… Read more »

Review: PICT’s ‘Our Class,’ an important play about WWII mass murder of Jews in Poland

Our Class Cast - Post Gazette

By Bob Hoover / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Playwright Tadeusz Slobodzianek asks a lot from the cast of “Our Class” as well as the audience. Initially, these demands are the engaging ones of challenging theater; eventually they change to the burdens of an endurance exercise where drama has given way to routine documentary. True, “Our Class” is historical theater… Read more »

Review: ‘Our Class’ deftly tells stark story, leaves judgment to viewer

Katya Stepanova, Our Class, photo by Stephanie Strasburg, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By Alice T. Carter Published: Sunday, April 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m. Updated: Monday, April 15, 2013 As Vice President Joe Biden recently observed: “All politics is personal.” That’s true whether it’s something as minor as your municipality’s decision about repaving your street or as monumental as which group rules your country or someone else’s. Examples as… Read more »

But What Could I Do? Riveting “Our Class” Opens PICT Season

Our Class was reviewed by RovingPittsburgher Reporter Joyce Kane for Roving But What Could I Do? The Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre’s (PICT) production of “Our Class” is a riveting and relentless story that has at its fundamental core the theme of man’s inhumanity to man.  As emotionally draining as the play is for the… Read more »