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‘Romance’ on stage through Aug. 2

July 24, 2014
Weirton Daily Times

PITTSBURGH - The Kinetic Theatre Co. will produce the Pittsburgh premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet's "Romance" running through Aug. 2 at the Alloy Studios located at 5530 Penn Avenue.

"Romance" is directed by Andrew Paul and stars David Whalen, Patrick Jordan, Kevin Brown, Paul Guggenheimer, Andrew Swackhamer, John Reilly and Matt DeCaro.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. today through Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Aug. 1-2 and 2 p.m Aug. 2.

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‘ROMANCE’ SCENE – John E. Reilly, left, Kevin Brown, center, and Matt DeCaro star in Kinetic Theatre Co.’s “Romance” through Aug. 2. — Contributed

A romantic rendezvous has gone awry and the wanna-be Casanova finds himself in a world of trouble: his defense attorney thinks he's a liar; the prosecutor is fighting with his lover; and it's hay fever season and the judge is popping antihistamines.

Patrick Jordan and David Whalen perform, alongside Matt DeCaro, who starred in the play's Chicago premiere at the Goodman Theatre.

Patrick Jordan will play the defendant, a Jewish chiropractor. Jordan is the founder and artistic director of Pittsburgh's Barebones Productions and starred in other Barebones productions.

Whalen will play the conservative Christian, anti-semitic defense attorney. Whalen played Bruce in The Phoenix's production of "Blue/Orange" in November and recently appeared in Shaw's "Candida" at Pittsburgh Public Theatre. Whalen appears as Gus' father in "The Fault in Our Stars," based on John Green's best-selling novel.

DeCaro played the judge in the Chicago premiere and reprises his role. He recently starred in Mary Zimmerman's "The White Snake" at the Goodman and McCarter Theatres and in productions of "Gypsy" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor" at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.

The ensemble will include Kevin Brown - PICT's "Beautiful Dreamers," "Comfort Zone" and "Jitney" and Pittsburgh Playwrights' "Radio Golf" - as the bailiff, Paul Guggenheimer - Bricolage's "The War of the Worlds" and WESA-FM's "Essential Pittsburgh" host - as the prosecutor, John Reilly as the Doctor, and Point Park University graduate Andrew Swackhamer - No Name Players' "Viva los Bastarditos!" - as Bernard.

Andrew Paul directed Joe Penhall's "Blue/Orange" for The Phoenix last year. He recently directed an extended run of David Ives' "The School for Lies" at San Diego's North Coast Repertory Theatre and a workshop of Edward Ravenscroft's "The London Cuckolds" at Los Angeles' Antaeus Theatre.

Paul previously co-founded the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre and served as the company's producing artistic director from 1996 to 2013.

Under his leadership, PICT produced more than a hundred plays; festivals devoted to the plays of Samuel Beckett, John Millington Synge, Harold Pinter and Anton Chekhov; and two successful international tours.

His PICT productions as director include the 2012 productions of Lee Hall's "The Pitmen Painters," Chekhov's 'Ivanov" and David Ives' "The School for Lies"; 2011's productions of David Mamet's "Race" and Alan Ayckbourn's "House and Garden," co-directed with Melissa Hill Grande; the 2010 productions of Shakespeare's "Othello," Pinter's "No Man's Land" and Harold Brighouse's "Hobson's Choice"; and the 2009 productions of Alan Bennett's "The History Boys" and Tom Stoppard's "Rock'n Roll."

The design team for Romance reunites Paul with scenic designer Gianni Downs and sound designer Elizabeth Atkinson.

Downs is a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh. His designs for Paul at PICT include "The Pitmen Painters," "The School for Lies," "No Man's Land," "House and Garden," "The History Boys" and "Stuff Happens."

Atkinson served as sound designer and composer for The Phoenix production of "Blue/Orange" and worked with Paul on the San Diego production of "The School for Lies" at North Coast Repertory Theatre. Her PICT designs include the Beckett, Synge, Pinter and Chekhov festivals.

Carnegie Mellon University graduate students Julianne D'Errico and Keith Truax will design the costumes and lighting. A.J. Bradshaw is the production stage manager.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, $15 for those age 25 and under with valid identification and $20 for artists. To purchase tickets, call (888) 718-4253 or visit

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