Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review of OEDIPUS REX here.
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Read the Pittsburgh City Paper review of OEDIPUS REX here.
by ISAAC CROW | Pittsburgh in the Round It’s well into the holiday season and there’s a chance you’ve either had or will have a tense family dinner. No matter your family situation, you’re probably not going have as tense a Christmas as King Henry II and his family. In James Goldman’s The Lion in… Read more »
by SHARON EBERSON | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Watching the Plantagenet family going at each other is like witnessing a PSA for how not to treat loved ones. The scheming royals circa 1183 hurl insults and aim dagger-sharp cruelty at children, parents and lovers. And yet, “The Lion in Winter” is wicked fun, too. The PICT Classic… Read more »
by STUART SHEPPARD | Pittsburgh City Paper There is a delicious insouciance among the characters in PICT Classic Theatre’s The Lion in Winter, which is refreshing, as so many productions these days fall prey to psychological tendentiousness. This 1966 play by James Goldman examines the intrigue that besets the royal family of Henry II during… Read more »
by SHARON EBERSON | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette It’s Christmastime 1183, and Henry II and his family are locked in a war of words. He has granted his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, a short reprieve from her imprisonment for treason, and they are joined at a gathering in France with three of their sons, who have only… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »