Posts Categorized: In the News

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 »

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 »