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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.

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

Re: “New fried-chicken restaurant planned for Pittsburgh's East Liberty draws backlash, owner apologizes to those offended

I actually agreed with both of Brandon S.'s comments and this site tagged my clicks as "dislikes." As for Adam K.;Why don't you have an eastern European theme chicken spot? You can play Bobby Vinton, etc. I'm sure the community you speak of will dig it!

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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: “Pittsburgh City Council declares Oct. 18 DJ Appreciation Day

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Posted by T.j. Harris on 10/11/2017 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Gun reform gets attention in the wake of mass shootings, but advocates say citizens should always keep an eye on local and federal firearm legislation

The words, "SHALL NOT" are a huge problem for people with an agenda that is aim squarely at the removal of an individuals to protect their property, family and self. "SHALL NOT" is definitive in its meaning. The 2nd Amendment says "SHALL NOT be infringed." and the PA Constitution says, "SHALL NOT be questioned." No where in either Constitution does it mention mental health, criminal background, or any other excuse currently on the record as a lawful reason to deny a person the right to keep and bear arms. This is merely a control issue that all despots want and it is why the Founders phrased it in that specific way. Kinda like the way God phrased His 10 Commandments.

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Posted by Ilene M Hightower on 10/11/2017 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Gun reform gets attention in the wake of mass shootings, but advocates say citizens should always keep an eye on local and federal firearm legislation

With all due respect Patrick K., your numbers are off.

A typical AR-15 loaded with a normal 5.56 round and a stock muzzle device will generate, without suppression, approximately 165 dBA of sound. At this level and at the position of the shooter, ear-drum rupture is a legitimate possibility.

With a high-quality (e.g. US Special Forces issued Surefire SOCOM 5.56 RC) suppressor, that drops to the level of about 135 dBA which is slightly louder than a military jet aircraft take-off from aircraft carrier with afterburner at 50 ft (130 dBA). These measurements are taken at the position of the shooter.

So, you're point is legitimate (that suppressors reduce the noise from "imminently dangerous" to merely "incredibly loud", but the claim that it "silences" an AR-15 is absurd), but you have fairly significantly understated just how loud the report from an AR-15 is.

R. Ian Davis - NRA Instructor (Pistol, Rifle & Personal Protection)

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Posted by RID on 10/11/2017 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Gun reform gets attention in the wake of mass shootings, but advocates say citizens should always keep an eye on local and federal firearm legislation

The democrat gulag of Chicago just reported their 500th handgun death. Note that Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws of any US city. That's pretty much a Las Vegas mass shooting every month. Most of the dead are young black Americans. Media pretty much silent. NFL pretty much silent. Case pretty much closed.

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Posted by stv on 10/11/2017 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Gun reform gets attention in the wake of mass shootings, but advocates say citizens should always keep an eye on local and federal firearm legislation

I could spend time correcting Rob Conroy's gross errors, such as stating that flash suppressors are hard to get, when in fact they are completely legal, but I won't. It merely shows his incompetence to engage in any meaningful discussion on public policy issues related to gun rights.

What I want to discuss, instead, is the racist agenda that Conroy and CeaseFirePA are promoting. What? Racist? Yep, that's what I said. And it's true.

Gun control, historically, has its roots in controlling people who are different. They are a holdover from the Jim Crow laws of the South and at other times when African-American people were disarmed because they simply "could not be trusted" to own firearms. Any time gun control comes up in public discourse, our elected officials and courts should consider it a "suspect idea" due to its evil and tainted history.

The irony is that CeaseFirePA is promoting a political agenda that would leave people in high crime areas defenseless in the face of crime and social unrest; two scenarios all too common today.

Gun restrictions are a luxury for those who live in gated communities with private security and alarm systems, but it is a death sentence for those who live in the inner-city. We have to question the motivation behind Conroy's gun control agenda in light of the undeniable racist roots of gun control.

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Posted by Val W. Finnell on 10/11/2017 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Gun reform gets attention in the wake of mass shootings, but advocates say citizens should always keep an eye on local and federal firearm legislation

Uh, flash suppressors are NOT regulated at all. 'Silencers', as you call them, don't do what most people think they do. A suppressor will 'silence' a typical AR-15 to about 100dB, the level of a jackhammer. This bill is 100% for hearing protection and will have ZERO effect on crime. Also, your mythical 'assault weapons' account for about only about 3% of all firearm homicides per year. Handguns account for far more homicides, and although they make up about 16%, or the population, about half of firearm homicides are 'committed on black men by black me. Where is the outrage over this disturbing statistic?

It would be nice to see a fair and at least somewhat accurate article on gun control, er, uh, I mean gun reform just once, but I guess that's asking too much from an unashamedly liberal rag such as this one.

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Posted by Patrick K on 10/11/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Gun reform gets attention in the wake of mass shootings, but advocates say citizens should always keep an eye on local and federal firearm legislation

Why does Rob Conroy refuse to debate Kim Stolfer from Fireams Owners Against Crime? And we have CeasefirePA on record again stating their goal of gun bans.

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Posted by Andrew on 10/11/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris caught driving car on pedestrian path in park, upsetting constituents

Didn't realize "renters" is a derogatory term! Nice burn. Next time you see someone you don't like, just call them a "renter".

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