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Stage Review: The Merchant of Venice at PICT Classic Theatre – Pittsburgh City Paper

by STUART SHEPPARD | Pittsburgh City Paper Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice might be the hardest of his plays to interpret (after Hamlet), simply because of its harsh literalness, which can be difficult for modern audiences to accept. The caustic nature of this world is constantly at war with its ironic essence, producing a tense… Read more »

Stage Review: PICT shows relevancy of the Bard’s ‘Merchant of Venice’ – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

by CHRISTOPHER RAWSON | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Why now? Why Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” in 2016? Because money still trumps love. Because racism and anti-Semitism flourish. And because the quality of mercy is indeed strained — which means “constrained,” i.e. limited. Portia is talking about how things ought to be, while we (and she) know… Read more »

Stage Review: ‘Shirley Valentine’ at PICT Classic Theatre – Pittsburgh City Paper

by TED HOOVER | Pittsburgh City Paper Big news: PICT Classic Theatre has left its long-time residence at the University of Pittsburgh and headed northeast — specifically, to Highland Park and the Union Project. A beautifully refurbished one-time church, the Project’s Great Hall is now home to PICT’s new season. First up is Willy Russell’s… Read more »

Stage Review: PICT opens season with life-affirming ‘Shirley Valentine’ – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

by SHARON EBERSON | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Shirley might as well talk to the wall, for as much as anyone listens to her. So she does. Constantly. At 42, the Liverpudlian housewife Shirley Bradshaw fixes a meal she knows will displease her husband while addressing her kitchen wall, wondering how the rebellious girl who was Shirley… Read more »

Stage preview: British playwright’s works becoming a top pick for PICT – Tribune-Review

by ALICE T. CARTER | Tribune-Review PICT Classic Theatre kicks off its 2016-17 season of with a second look at the works of British playwright Willy Russell. Following up on last season’s production of Russell’s 1988 two-character “Educating Rita,” the company will offer “Shirley Valentine,” the one-woman comedic drama that received a 1989 Tony Award… Read more »

Stage preview: PICT journeys toward the future with ‘Shirley Valentine’ – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

by SHARON EBERSON | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Alan Stanford is happy to report that PICT Classic Theatre is in the midst of a rebirth. “I never want to live through another season like the last one,” he said of 2015, when a shortfall forced the cancellation of two shows and the company lost its longtime Oakland… Read more »

Oliver Twist at PICT Classic: Few holds are barred in Dickens’ portrayal of the vicious cycle of poverty and cruelty.

By Michelle Pilecki, Pittsburgh City Paper Serendipitously, PICT Classic Theatre’s production of Oliver Twist reflects the controversy of Pope Francis’ stern comments on the meaning and celebrations of Christmas. No froth or frivolity, Twist slams into the travails of the poor and less fortunate, while their “betters” (as His Holiness also notes) carelessly demean — or even… Read more »

Review: Darker ‘Oliver Twist’ maintains hope

By Alice T. Carter, Trib Total Media There’s not a snowflake or a glowing Christmas tree to be found in Pict Classic Theatre’s holiday production. Do not go in anticipation of the colorful, sugar-coated Lionel Bart musical “Oliver!” This staging of Charles Dickens’ 1837 novel “Oliver Twist” is the darker, more dramatic adaptation Alan Stanford, Pict’s… Read more »

Stage review: PICT Classic Theatre presents a gritty version of Charles Dickens’ classic

By Christopher Rawson, Pittsburgh Post Gazette Homer, Shakespeare, Cervantes – whatever their genres, the great authors were always great storytellers. Victorian novelist Charles Dickens (1812-70) belongs in that elite company, and although he wrote little for theater, he had a very high dramatic sense and there have always been those to adapt his wonderful stories… Read more »