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Re: “University of Pittsburgh looks at a lost era of Black history with Flyin’ West

I am huge fan of Karen Gilmers work. She is one of the most talented gifted professionals Ive ever seen. This is going to be an outstanding performance.

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Posted by Joanne G on 02/14/2019 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Backstage with operations manager Joanna Obuzor

Fantastic, Joanna! I especially love your thoughts on the "art" in everything...I completely agree. Good luck and keep up the good work!

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Posted by Susan Richter on 02/14/2019 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Backstage with technical director Aaron Tarnow

Aaron is a delightful person, and also a genius.

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Posted by Jesse LE on 02/06/2019 at 11:15 AM

Re: “In The Heights is nice, but a little too tame for its own good

I kinda think you missed the point of the show. A story about immigrants who like everyone else are trying to achieve the American dream, of having better life for themselves and their children. During this time of anti-immigrant fever I think it's timely and relevant, even if it's too "nice". It's a musical not shock doc on netflix.

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Posted by Jack Werner on 01/30/2019 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Backstage with scenic artist Leah Blackwood

Congrats on a great interview. Very informative and interesting!

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Posted by Mary Bullen Zugell on 01/29/2019 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Backstage with scenic artist Leah Blackwood

Great interview! Leah is amazing!

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Posted by rich k on 01/23/2019 at 7:06 PM

Re: “This Streetcar does right by Blanche DuBois

the boy who played the young collector was also good!!

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Posted by darkpowder on 07/16/2018 at 4:55 PM
Posted by Mrs. Luke Ravenstahl on 03/16/2018 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Gab Cody’s Inside Passage takes the audience on an immersive adventure

This looks exciting.

Posted by ce on 03/07/2018 at 10:50 AM

Re: “"Happy Ending" & "Day of Absence"

o (it was my honor and privilege to work on both Day of Absence and Happy Ending, by Douglas Turner Ward, as Backstage Sound & Props, at the St. Marks Playhouse, in New York, in 1966...the many truly great black cast members included James Earl Jones, Robert Hooks, and Moses Gunn, among many great, notable talents...I profoundly recommend the studying of Mr Wards works as crucially meaningful to and for the Civil Rights Movement...bless you always) o
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Posted by oo0080oo@yahoo.com on 01/03/2018 at 12:27 AM

Re: “Romeo and Juliet at PICT Classic Theatre

"David Longstreet" -- the only hatchet job on this page is your comment. Feckless "rah-rah" reviews do nothing to improve and evolve the Pittsburgh theater scene. This review is balanced -- citing positive and negative aspects of the show -- as all serious criticism is. You should be appreciative of such thoughtful commentary; however, you are entitled to your opinion, as anti-intellectual and myopic as it may be.

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Posted by Pauline Kael on 10/27/2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Equus at Pittsburgh Public Theater

It's called "criticism" Mr. Longstreet. You know, the kind of analytical thinking that goes back to Aristotle's "Poetics." You might try reading it yourself. BTW, go easy on the ellipsis points. . . Makes it look like you've been drinking. ;-)

P.S. And the play by Quantum was called "Red Hills", not "Red Soil."

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Posted by Harold Bloom on 10/27/2017 at 12:53 AM

Re: “Romeo and Juliet at PICT Classic Theatre

Enough hatchet jobs ... Take a course in theater .. and reviewing ... or get drunk and don't show....

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Posted by David Longstreet on 10/26/2017 at 11:33 PM
Posted by David Longstreet on 10/26/2017 at 11:23 PM

Re: “Equus at Pittsburgh Public Theater

This is the second review of a great production in Pittsburgh that you reviewer seems unable to wrap their brain around. The first was Red Soil by Quantum...
Do these folks get points for just turning something in or do they actually have the ability to reflect...
How about the performances here..There is tension in every encounter with the Doctor from the lawyer to parents to stable owner ...
Alan the boy is absolutely convincing...The girl friend for a brief roe is innocent and wise...
Where do the reviewer learn about Freud...SNL?
I used to look forward to your reviewers as a guide or food for thought ...Now I am thinking of kitty litter

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Posted by David Longstreet on 10/26/2017 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Our Town at Pitt Stages

It might be noted that the Wilder estate has authorized a tri-lingual production of Our Town in English, Creole (translated by Jeff Augustin) and Spanish (translated by Nilo Cruz), which opens next week at Miami New Drama.

If the Wilder estate has no problem with the play breaking out of its period piece trappings, why should anyone else?

I wonder what Hoover would have thought about David Cromer's luminous non-period version, which was the longest-running ever production of Our Town.

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Posted by Michael Yawney on 10/20/2017 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Our Town at Pitt Stages

It seems to me that the author is not very familiar with Thornton Wilder, his life, his intentions, and his body of work. It's a correct read to say that Wilder used the specific to address the universal (which I'd argue this production has done to great effect). Wilder was also a blazing social critic, a polyglot, and a very modern thinker who frequently employed multicultural characters and multiple languages in his plays to glean the universal from the specific, most notably in The Skin of Our Teeth. He also vehemently rejected the theatrical realism--a viewpoint deeply against the grain for his time--that Hoover seems so convinced is mistakenly missing from this production. It never surprises me to hear people who read Our Town once in high school to ascribe Wilder's work and intentions to a 19th-century postcard of white pastoral America, but it does surprise me to hear this interpretation from a theater critic. Wilder was always one of the most forward-thinking of American writers who very much intended a socially relevant bent to his work -- so much so that the best of his work was greatly misunderstood and/or underperformed during his lifetime. It does a great disservice to his vision to consign his work to static history now that he's gone.

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Posted by Annie D. on 10/16/2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Our Town at Pitt Stages

I usually agree with Ted Hoover and have found him a good guide, except that he hates Shakespeare and Rodgers and Hammerstein. But this review is an exception. The actors did a lovely job considering that they are all young and dewy; the blocking was excellent and smoothly executed; and I thought the set was brilliant--flat and minimal until the last act, when it opened up and was detailed and rich--like Emily's view of the living, really seeing the world.

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Posted by Arlene Weiner on 10/16/2017 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Our Town at Pitt Stages

I would have to question the reviewers understanding of Our Town and Wilders purpose in writing the play. Wilder wanted to portray universal and eternal themes. For a theme to truly be universal and eternal it cannot be constrained by time and place. But that is exactly what the reviewer is advocating for. What was it that the reviewer was really objecting to? That the Gibbs were a mixed race couple? That George Gibbs was portrayed as a white boy and Emily Webb as a black girl? Or was it that Emily Webb had two Moms? None of that is essential to the themes that Our Town presents. The whole idea is that the play Our Town is actually your Town or anyones Town. That is what makes it a timeless classic that could be performed by Tibetans dressed as hula girls in a town in Wyoming yet would still ring true!

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Posted by Bruce Fisher on 10/13/2017 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Our Town at Pitt Stages

I didn't come here for an opinion piece on the nature of theatre as an at form. Thanks for devoting a whopping 1 sentence to review of the performance.

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Posted by PGH and Proud on 10/13/2017 at 6:12 PM

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