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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 »

Preview: Dublin-based director answers 11th-hour call to direct ‘Our Class’

Our Class Cast - photo by Larry Roberts, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

By Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Many curious eyes will be on the first production of Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre’s season, and not just because “Our Class” is inspired by a fact-based piece of Holocaust-era horror. The play was chosen and cast by company co-founder Andrew Paul, who was to direct before he was fired last… Read more »

Controversial “Our Class” Opens PICT’s Season

Katya Stepanova and cast, photo by Stephanie Strasburg

By Alice T. Carter Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 9:01 p.m. Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 [photo by Stephanie Strasburg] A contemporary play by a Polish playwright that’s set in Poland might seem a curious choice to launch the Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre‘s 2013 season. Director Aiofe (pronounced E-fa) Spillane-Hinks acknowledges that “Our Class” is… Read more »

City Paper Spotlight: Our Class

SPOTLIGHT: Thu., April 11 — Stage On July 10, 1941, half the inhabitants of the Nazi-occupied Polish town of Jedwabne were massacred by their neighbors. Most of the dead were burned alive in a barn, and all of them were Jews; the killers were Catholics. Jan Gross’s 2000 book about the atrocity, Neighbors, drew challenges… Read more »

Local stages showcase talented pool of Pittsburgh actors

By Sharon Eberson and Christopher Rawson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A year that saw a three-way tie for Post-Gazette Performer of the Year (see cover story) was rich in further achievements by performers, directors, designers and others. Some of this was chronicled in our list of top 2012 stage productions (published Dec. 20), a list that… Read more »

Pittsburgh’s performers of the year 2012

By Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Here’s a first for the 29th annual naming of the Post-Gazette Performer of the Year — a trio. The Post-Gazette has honored a performer in a Pittsburgh production (or productions) each theater season since 1984, never naming the same actor twice, and once honoring two at a time (Simon… Read more »

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Memorable Moments in 2012

Good theater can be simultaneously ephemeral and eternal. Fail to see a show before it closes, and you’ve missed that production forever. On the other hand, some shows live on in memory long after the costumes have been packed away and the sets consigned to the warehouse or the dumpster. A list of the year’s best is… Read more »

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Best Play of the Year

By Sharon Eberson and Christopher Rawson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Looking back, 2012 isn’t as remarkable for individual, soaring achievements as for its high plateaus — solid exciting work from many theaters. This makes picking the year’s top 10 difficult because our list of the best theater evenings could go on past the 20 honored below;… Read more »

City Paper: Pittsburgh Irish & Classical’s The School for Lies

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical’s The School for Lies Playwright David Ives is funnier than you and I combined, but the experiment sometimes drags. by Robert Isenberg Photo courtesy of Michelle BelanMartin Giles, Ben Blazer, Nike Doukas and James FitzGerald in PICT’s The School for Lies THE SCHOOL FOR LIES continues through Dec. 15.Charity Randall Theatre Stephen Foster Memorial… Read more »