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Comment Archives: stories: On Stage

Re: “L'Hôtel at Pittsburgh Public Theater

It is odd that you find homophobia in any of Wilde’s statements in this play. In the moment to which I think you are referring Wilde is responding to a homophobic statement made by Hugo. Hugo has called Wilde an “impotent scribbler,” implying that Wilde is weak both in his writing and in his manhood. Wilde responds: “As if potency lay in the measly act of breeding. Any hamster can do that and with much more proficiency. It is the mad passion to squelch others that is impotent....” Wilde is not being anti-procreative. But he is saying that procreation is merely a biological process and does not necessarily prove potency. Real potency, real strength, lies in compassion.

Also, the word “suicide” is not used in reference to Morrison. Wilde says to him, “you killed yourself.” But suicide is not mentioned. Morrison probably died of an overdose, presumably administered by his own hand. So technically he did kill himself, even if unintentionally.

Also, it is useful to remember in approaching a work of fiction that the characters often express beliefs not shared by the author. Characters in a work of fiction are often unreliable or inaccurate and they often make mistakes in interpreting things they’ve heard, just like real people

—Brent Harris

Posted by Brent Harris on 12/09/2014 at 9:54 PM

Re: “A Streetcar Named Desire at barebones productions

Maybe you should read the play.

Posted by AcademicCorrector on 12/03/2014 at 11:05 AM

Re: “A Streetcar Named Desire at barebones productions

The rape scene isn't played as a rape. Williams and Kazan would be outraged by this interpretation.

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Posted by AcademicAnonymous on 12/01/2014 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Prime Stage

Miller is a gifted actor; I think people should go out of their way to find shows he's in.

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Posted by Mangosteen on 11/06/2014 at 11:56 AM

Re: “The Book of Ezra at Pittsburgh Playwrights

Hello Ezra-just reading the review, from speaking with you and your friend by PAT--It's a very thoughtful commentary-and I see the play ads--Lucius Delany

Posted by Lucius Delany on 10/14/2014 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Pitt's Stop Kiss

Mr. Hoover I believe you switched both the actress names and the characters. "Sara" was the character who was attacked, and she was played by Ms. Baker. "Callie" is the character giving the statement to police, and she was played by Ms. Clabby.

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Posted by Pitt Stages Fan on 10/08/2014 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Attack Theatre launches its 20th-anniversary season

What a treat and delight on so many levels.. The Coliseum was a hoot and there were goodies everywhere to look like; such as miniature settings in boxes and kids art. The dance performance and band were excellent and unique. Bravo to another event in the neighborhoods versus downtown..

Posted by Nettie Glickman on 10/08/2014 at 8:08 AM

Re: “A local spoken-word artist does his first full-length solo show

If this seems like overposting, I generally publish when I've been assaulted, or when my privacy is ignored, or when my cats cry out in pain by some assault of government. if you see three postings in a row, as sometimes happens, it just means i've been assaulted, or my cats assaulted, or my privacy invaded, three times lately. the other day it was a flash energy assault aimed at my temple/top of my head. literally thousands of such assaults over the past decade, I'm sure that estimate is accurate....the other day one of my cats was bleeding, hair missing from its back, and two of them actually had scabs and radiation bumps on their back as a result of being shot with energy weaponry. A cat that was hospitalized by energy attacks and food tampering less than a year ago was groaning in pain from energy attacks , and they're induced to vomit constantly . for many years my cats were crying out in pain from energy attacks --several times a day over many years. they're still being attacked, and are crawling with fleas despite the application of frontline or advantage products every few weeks--the community is actually putting bogus or weak products on the market in retaliation. they knocked one of my cats off a ledge the other day, 15 foot drop, and have induced another of my cats to run off twice, a cat that is very docile and usually doesn't even want to go outside/agitated by being shot with energy weaponry. i contacted the aspca in 2007, and after that could only find work fundraising for abused animals, the community's own form of symbolic punishment. not a bad job, though the idea that they manipulated my circumstance to this extent is ridiculous. My entire apt. is being heated by radiation, more than 10x the norm, causing my cats to noticeably sweat--you could probably measure it from space.
The federal government of course has all the power in the world to stop it. My tooth was knocked out in increments, over a 2 year span by energy weaponry assaults, for stating and proving the crimes committed by the federal government, absolute torture, like having a tooth drilled without novocaine for several hours. in 1997 i was made homeless by community manipulation; in an 8 or 9 month span i had a gun to my head, was knocked out, and was intentionally run down by a car and taken by ambulance to a hospital, believe it or not, to the laughter of the community.
the federal government has admitting to torturing, and of course that's a per se violation of the 8th amendment, though it should also be regarded as criminal.
If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth, right? The Democrats' great accomplishment is producing the political equivalent of a Rodney King video, clearly demonstrating the lies of the right, the right Hilary Clinton correctly identified as a vast conspiracy. Confirm by examining Central District of California Cases, 01-4340, 03-9097, 08-5515, 10-5193, US Tax Court 12000-07L --though I think you want to view my US Tax Court Appeal to the 9th Circuit for a good account of their day to day assaults, a few month time slice indicative of a decade of assault, and more recently 9th Circuit case 11-56043.

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Posted by Glen Broemer on 10/06/2014 at 11:15 AM

Re: “The Playboy of the Western World at the Conservatory Theatre Company

The dispensation was sought by Shawn because he is a relative of Pegeen (second cousin) So he needs approval from the church.

Posted by Joe on 09/29/2014 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Texture Contemporary Ballet offers another packed showcase

Bravo! Texture wove delightful and incredibly well performed pieces and I shall continue to seek them out. Performed at the Kelly Strayhorn added to the experience as it is a neighborhood treasure..

Posted by Nettie Glickman on 09/27/2014 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh New Works Festival

i wonder when the reviewer saw it cause i actually found The Field really fun (lots of laughs, who cares if it's derivative?) and whenever i saw it i thought sleeping aid was good. i liked both of those, but i didn't see the other program so i can't comment on that.

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Posted by Mike on 09/24/2014 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh New Works Festival

I saw program D, probably on a different night from the reviewer, and I thought the two main actors, father and son, in The Field were remarkable, as was Mark Yochum. The direction of "Sleeping Aide" visually contrasted the writhing restless (and sexy) young woman with the nearly unmoving older man, to good effect.

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Posted by Arlene on 09/24/2014 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Legendary dancer Carmen De Lavallade visits with her one-woman show

Looking forward to De Lavallade's travel through time and to the present.. the gift will be delightful i am imagining.

Posted by Nettie Glickman on 09/12/2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “The Oddball Comedy Festival returns

Yeah, no Louis or Gaffigan is a bummer (though they've both played here relatively recently).

Why do you think comics don't like performing here?

Posted by AlexWatersGordon on 08/29/2014 at 1:16 PM

Re: “The Oddball Comedy Festival returns

I think we're lucky this tour comes here at all - The majority of comics who get interviewed on talk shows specifically complain about how much it sucks to come to Pittsburgh.

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Posted by Judith on 08/29/2014 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Judah Friedlander is among the headliners at the inaugural Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

@Bill Scott thanks for the clarification. We have been calling this "Pittsburgh's first festival of stand up AND improvisational comedy." It often does get covered as the first festival. WDVE has a stand up festival every year and there has been at least one festival of local improv groups. We give credit to pgh's long comedy history on our site. I think the community has changed in the past few years, making the time right to put pgh comedy in the spotlight in a big way.

Posted by Brian Gray on 08/27/2014 at 6:15 PM

Re: “The Oddball Comedy Festival returns

Super disappointed that most of the tour headliners are skipping the Pittsburgh date (at least all the ones *I* would pay to see). Did we say something to offend Louis and his pals? Can Dave Chappelle put in a good word in for us?

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Posted by Mike Capsambelis on 08/27/2014 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Judah Friedlander is among the headliners at the inaugural Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

Actually, the first Pittsburgh Comedy Festival happened in 2009. It was produced by Nick Milton and me, Bill Scott and it was so super-duper successful that we decided to never do it again. This would be the second. Good research.

Posted by Bill Scott on 08/21/2014 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Judah Friedlander is among the headliners at the inaugural Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

Actually, the first Pittsburgh Comedy Festival was in 2009. It was produced by Nick Milton and me, Bill Scott and it was so super-duper successful that we decided to never do it again. So, this would be the second. Good research.

Posted by Bill Scott on 08/21/2014 at 2:00 PM

Re: “The Gospel Singer at The Lab Project

I feel into this play and didn't wanna come out. It was three acts, probably because of the beautiful music and spirituals woven into the script. But honestly, I was so caught up in the story that when I looked at my watch I couldn't believe that I had been in the theater that long, (and I am a figety person.) Attending a lot of Pittsburgh-area shows, I don't feel that every production I see has to be heady. Sometimes I need a night of 'simplistic, endearing theatre,' which this story provided to me in a charming and heartfelt manner. I saw it on one of the first nights, and I can only imagine it getting better with each performance. I had a chance to speak with the director and his passion for presenting the story was energizing. He made it clear to me that the lesson for me was about to unfold. Throughout the night I had my own, personal, revival. I felt motherly over these characters and my heart went out to each of them, with their own unique struggle....and it made me think....and maybe sometimes to really enjoy the beauty of a story, you don't have to think alot...or in technical/technicolor...ya just have to think.

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Posted by Karen Hannon on 08/21/2014 at 1:18 AM

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