Posts Categorized: In the News

Stage Preview: Irish & Classical Theatre Overcomes Obstacles to Stage ‘Crucifer of Blood’

Matt Torney talks to Crucifer cast

By Christopher Rawson, Senior Theatre Critic The exotic East, Victorian London and the world’s most famous detective: It sounds like a surefire recipe for the holidays. But it took some swerves to put it together. Last year at this time, “The Mask of Moriarty,” Hugh Leonard’s adaptation of a tale by Arthur Conan Doyle featuring… Read more »

The Crucifer of Blood Cast on Pittsburgh Today Live

Crucifer of Blood cast on PTL

David Whalen (Sherlock Holmes), Justin Holcomb (Dr. John Watson) and Gayle Pazerski (Irene St. Claire) visited Kristine Sorensen at Pittsburgh Today Live to talk about the opening of The Crucifer of Blood by Paul Giovanni, running Dec. 4-21. Click the link below to tune in! Pittsburgh Today Live  

Jack Gleeson & Alan Stanford on KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live

While Jack Gleeson, who stars as King Joffrey in HBO’s Game of Thrones was in town for PICT Plays…with Mystery and Mayhem, he and Alan Stanford stopped by Pittsburgh Today Live to talk with Kristine Sorensen about Jack’s earliest roles under Alan’s direction at the Gate Theatre, Dublin – playing Tiny Tim in A Christmas… Read more »

Review: “…& “A Skull in Connemara” at PICT”

by Wendy Arons, The Pittsburgh Tatler A Skull in Connemara (which opened at PICT this past weekend and plays through September 28) offers a very different, blackly humorous exploration of guilt and its effect on the human soul and psyche.  One of the plays in Martin McDonagh’s “Leenane trilogy,” the play paints a decidedly non-naturalistic… Read more »

Stage review: Irish near-farce delves into death and loss

By Christopher Rawson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Whatever else it may be — and it’s a lot — “A Skull in Connemara” is a conclusive argument for cremation. Were you assuming you’d have your body buried in six feet of good earth? I don’t think so, not after seeing Martin McDonagh’s grisly, comic and oddly affecting play. Of course Mr. McDonagh… Read more »

Review: “Skull” Kicks Off Fall With a Head-Banger

by Mike Vargo for Entertainment Central Pittsburgh Now that autumn is in the air, the season begins in earnest, and a cry goes up all across town: Are you ready for some THEATER? Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre has responded with Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara, a real head-banger of a dark comedy that comes close,… Read more »

Review: ‘Skull in Connemara’ offers a lively, ghoulish time

by Alice Carter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review The Irish have a well-earned reputation for their highly colorful way of expressing themselves. And playwright Martin McDonagh is second to none for his ability to bring their voices to the stage. McDonagh’s Ireland is not the quaintly cute country of step dancers and leprechauns. His plays, including “A Skull… Read more »

Pitt News: ‘A Skull in Connemara’ displays west Ireland’s dark humor

by Vincent Smith There are parts of western Ireland that are stunningly beautiful, attracting the attention of tourists from around the world. Connemara is one of those exquisitely mystifying areas. But for the year-round residents of such a place — where economic opportunities are scarce and the granite-riddled land makes farming a painfully difficult task… Read more »

Preview: ‘A Skull in Connemara’ treats dark topics with lyrical language

A Skull in Connemara photo by Gwen Titley, Tribune-Review

By Alice T. Carter Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m. After earlier season visits to Poland, England, Russia and Belgium, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre transports its audiences to the west country of Ireland for “A Skull in Connemara.” Director Martin Giles believes Martin McDonagh’s dark and disarmingly funny drama, which begins performances Sept. 12 at the Charity… Read more »

Preview, Post-Gazette: Director comes off surgery and throws himself into McDonagh’s ‘A Skull in Connemara’

A Skull in Connemara by Bob Donaldson

By Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Martin Giles has been sitting down on the job lately, and with very good reason. The director is recovering from recent surgery, which took place in the midst of rehearsals for Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre’s “A Skull in Connemara.” Removal of a cyst on his neck in early August revealed the presence of cancer, and his doctor… Read more »