“Great Expectations” for PICT Classic Theatre; “Wild” Now Screening (CPs Wed., 12/10/14)

In PICT's "Great Expectations," young Pip (Dylan Marquis Meyers, L) learns gentlemanly table manners from Herbert Pocket (Jordan Ross Weinhold). Photo: Suellen Fitzsimmons.

In PICT’s “Great Expectations,” young Pip (Dylan Marquis Meyers, L) learns gentlemanly table manners from Herbert Pocket (Jordan Ross Weinhold). Photo: Suellen Fitzsimmons.

1) In contrast to Dickens’ Oliver Twist—which was made into the Broadway musical Oliver!—his later and more nuanced novel Great Expectations translates nicely to straight (non-musical) theater. It’s the seriocomic saga of an orphan boy who becomes a fashionable gentleman, then ultimately something better: a mature man. PICT Classic Theatre is performing the artful adaptation by Irish playwright Hugh Leonard that premiered in Dublin in 1995 but is seldom staged in the U.S. Dylan Marquis Meyers—the young acting phenom seen previously in PICT’s Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme—stars as Pip, the orphan, in Great Expectations. 8 p.m. Runs through Dec. 20. Charity Randall Theatre in the Stephen Foster Memorial, 4301 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

 

2) Wild opened in theaters this past Friday, and there’s already Oscar buzz about Reese Witherspoon. She stars in this true story about Cheryl Strayed, a hot mess of a heroin addict who decides to start life anew by walking the 1,100 mile Pacific Crest Trail. Check Fandango for times and locations.

3) Cappy’s Cafe in Shadyside is holding its Team Trivia contest tonight with Trivia Master John. 9 – 11 p.m. Trivia night Yuengling draft special is $3 for a 20 oz. brew. 5431 Walnut St.