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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 »

More Modern Milieu for Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan

More Modern Milieu for Lady Windermere’s Fan **Alan Stanford adapts and directs Oscar Wilde’s comic gem ** ***Featuring Leo Marks, Nike Doukas, Jodi Gage and John DeMita in 17-member cast *** Pittsburgh, PA – UPDATE July 3, 2013. Renowned Oscar Wilde expert Alan Stanford, PICT’s interim Producing Artistic Director, will direct his adaptation of the… Read more »

Theatre Review: Giles puts mark on retelling of Tolstoy tale

Gwen Titley Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By Alice Carter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Be wary of your seatmates when on a journey. Travelers frequently form an instant intimacy with fellow voyagers and end up revealing secrets and inner conflicts they wouldn’t share with their best friends. Consider Nancy Harris’ “The Kreutzer Sonata,” which Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre is performing through June 22… Read more »

City Paper Review: Martin Giles shines in this monologue based on the Tolstoy novella

How timely Leo Tolstoy can be, in the hands of Irish playwright Nancy Harris and Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre. The Kreutzer Sonata, which started life in 1889 as a scandalous novella, has tempted many artists in various media, from still painting to multimedia extravaganzas. But Harris’ 2009 one-act monologue provides a truly meaty adaptation… Read more »