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Comment Archives: stories: Stage

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

Re: “Our Town at Pitt Stages

Wow, this is a university production, and a showcase for upcoming local talent. What an unfair and small-minded review. I found the performances to be poignant and moving.

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Posted by Michele Gaudiello Lombardi on 10/13/2017 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Our Town at Pitt Stages

City Paper needs to hold Ted Hoover accountable for this morally reprehensible and completely unprofessional review. This isn't the first time. He is misogynistic and racist. This is why it's important to have reviewers of color.

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Posted by Sol Crespo on 10/12/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Our Town at Pitt Stages

It is my understanding that Spanish was spoken in the 1800s. Why is that a problem for you? Direct translation of a play which has been translated into many languages seems Like it would only be a problem for someone who doesnt like brown people. Why do you have a problem with brown people?

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Posted by Jillmarie Peterson on 10/12/2017 at 4:39 PM

Re: “East Texas Hot Links at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Co.

The critic might want to check production history of the play, EAST TEXAS HOT LINKS was 1st mounted & premiered at the Met Theater, in Los Angeles, in 1991.

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Posted by Ed De Shae on 10/04/2017 at 10:17 AM

Re: “The Battle of Homestead Foundation’s The Homestead Strike of 1892

I wish I had heard about this before it sold out. I used to work at the mill in Homestead.

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Posted by Susan Kincaid on 09/22/2017 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at 12 Peers Theater

Sorry, Ted, but RMU premiered the play a few months ago.

Posted by Matthew Wolf on 08/30/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Trumbo at South Park Theatre

Trumbo was re-writing screenplays for the KIng Bros in LA during the filming of Roman Holiday, while Ina Hunter was onsite in Italy re-writing Trumbo's screenplay with Director Wilder the night before every day of filming.
Hunter's son refused to return the Oscar to the guilt ridden Academy Board for good reason. Also, my Spanish father, Juan Duval, wrote the original screenplay for, "The Brave One", not Trumbo. Trumbo's want of notoriety is not patriotism.

Posted by John Duval on 07/27/2017 at 1:15 AM

Re: “The Liar at Kinetic Theatre

This is one of the funniest and smartest plays that I have seen in years. I cannot recommend it enough !

Posted by Christopher Donohue on 07/21/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “World-premiere opera A Gathering of Sons tackles police brutality

Thank you all for doing this. It is sorely needed.

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Posted by Norma Lilly on 06/19/2017 at 6:25 PM

Re: “The Summer King at Pittsburgh Opera

A wonderful review of a great new Opera. However, how could Ms. Pilecki completely miss Tenor, Sean Panikkar, as Wendell Smith? He's one of the top 3 performers in The Summer King and has been lauded by all other reviews to date!

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Posted by Suncatcher on 05/03/2017 at 2:28 PM

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