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Review: “Don Juan Comes Back from the War” at PICT

by Wendy Arons, aka The Pittsburgh Tatler Whether or not you have a specific literary reference to ground your knowledge of the “Don Juan” character type (Moliére’s Dom Juan, Mozart’sDon Giovanni, the version by Byron or, heaven forbid, as portrayed by Johnny Depp) it’s likely you know what Don Juan is famous for:  he’s a notorious womanizer, a… Read more »

Stage review: PICT turns ‘Don Juan’ into a dark fantasy tale

By Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette If Quentin Tarantino had written the story of Don Juan, it would be a lot like the haunting play at Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre: a revenge fantasy for used and abused women against the devil who defiled them. Payment has come due in “Don Juan Comes Home From the War” and for a legendary love-’em and leave-’em guy,… Read more »

Preview: There’s trouble afoot when ‘Don Juan Comes Back From the War’

Nike Doukas and David Whalen. Photo by Julia Rendleman.

By Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette It’s a name so ingrained in our collective consciousness that it’s in the dictionary. The legendary Don Juan has inspired writers to pen portraits of a womanizer or a true romantic or both for going on 400 years. Lord Byron’s epic poem satirized the fictional libertine as the seduced, Moliere sentenced… Read more »

‘Don Juan’ returns in Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre production

Cast of Don Juan

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre’s production of “Don Juan Comes Back from the War” is likely to send audience members home with more questions than they had at the beginning. And that’s perfectly fine with playwright Duncan Macmillan and director Alan Stanford. The production stars popular Pittsburgh actor David Whalen as Don Juan, the legendary… Read more »

Salon with Duncan Macmillan

Duncan Macmillan and Stephanie Riso

PICT Theatre hosted a dinner at the Mansions on Fifth to welcome playwright Duncan Macmillan to Pittsburgh. Duncan’s version of Don Juan Comes Back from the War by Odon von Horvath will have its U.S. premiere with PICT’s production, running from August 8-31, 2013 at the Henry Heymann Theatre in the Stephen Foster Memorial, Oakland…. Read more »

Post-Gazette Review: PICT’s Windermere a polished presentation of Wilde

Leo Marks and Jodi Gage by K. Brigham

By Christopher Rawson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Morality and seduction, prudery and license, loyalty and betrayal are a few of the dichotomies in the four major comedies of Oscar Wilde, produced in the dazzling years (1892-95) before he was crushed with a prosecution for homosexuality. Among these, “Lady Windermere’s Fan” was the first, and although it doesn’t measure… Read more »

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 »