The Importance of Being Oscar

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MARK HEIN · June 12, 2018
tagged as: poignant · witty · Intelligent
"The Importance of Being Oscar" is literate, funny, interesting and lively. (Author Brandie June deftly uses several of Wilde’s best bon mots, and throws in a few of her own.) It still has some rough edges. But in brief compass, it explores the many difficulties — and discovers the real importance — of being Oscar. ... full review

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BRIGHT EYES certified reviewer · June 16, 2018
An admirable attempt, but tries to do too much with too little. Wilde deserves more depth. The playwright needs to dig deeper. Moments of great emotion are briefly touched upon (loss of friendship, family and love) and gone. Trying to touch a lot of bases with insufficient time.... full review

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MARK SCHWEICKART · June 07, 2018
Very well written and performed. A top-notch hour at the Fringe. The central character portrayed by Richard Abraham had a delightfully droll delivery that fit perfectly with the Wilde aphorisms sprinkled throughout his dialogue, which got a lot of much-deserved laughs. He also communicated the sense of defeat and despair that was hovering over these last few years of Wilde's life. His co-performers were equally strong, especially the fantasized, come-to-life character of Dorian Gray in the last sequence. ... full review

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DAVID MACDOWELL BLUE certified reviewer · June 06, 2018
Oscar Wilde's life in its own proved epic, enough to inspire many a retelling, which if you added up together might prove longer than Game of Thrones yet still leave so much unexplored! This one act play focuses squarely on the last weeks or months of Wilde's life, and yeah leaves us wanting more. Most good plays do. Like a haiku, it seeks to evoke more than anything else a sense of "might have been." Wilde did not deserve what happened to him, yet in his world, his society, many thought he got off easy with losing his family, income, good name, liberty and health. Immersed as he was in his own time (as who of us is not) that negativity did reach him, and created a fear his works would be forgotten. We know that fear groundless, which ... full review

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DAN SUGIMOTO certified reviewer · June 05, 2018
Brandie June has considerable talent as a writer and with solid directing this piece satisfies in the ways it wants/needs to. That being said it’s vignette like approach leaves little to the full development of a narrative worthy of Oscar Wilde, with two acts and more focus on the fascinating love triangle presented with the last two scenes, this piece could reach higher levels of the historic fantasy genre so desperately in need of another ‘Genuis writer meets character’ plot line. June is obviously a step ahead of most writers and investing in fleshing this out is a safe bet for the production team. I liked it and am ready to love it. ... full review

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MADELEINE STMICHAEL certified reviewer · June 05, 2018
tagged as: biographical · play · oscar wilde
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.--Oscar Wilde Richard Abraham's performance is brilliant as Oscar Wilde. The script incorporated many of Wilde's own words, and hearing them said so well was delightful. The bio format took an interesting turn in the third scene by bringing a fictitious character to life. A very enjoyable play. Highly recommended.... full review

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JANNA GASTON certified reviewer · June 18, 2018
Brandie June, the playwright, weaves a rich portrayal of Oscar Wilde in the last few years of his life, after his release from prison. The issues and choices explored are relevant today, as are the consequences and impact of those decisions. It has been an utter joy to witness the evolutionary expansion of this play. From the earliest presentation with Oscar and Dorian’s intense and witty conversation, to this current one-hour version with the inclusion of Constance, Oscar’s estranged wife, and Frank Harris, a dear friend. Now, without doubt, The Importance of Being Oscar, begs to be developed into a full-length play. ... full review

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CHARLES ZIARKO certified reviewer · June 05, 2018
"Aren't you Dreary!" says Dorian Gray to his literary creator in the last of three 15-minute scenes that visit Oscar Wilde in Exile---and he's right! Lots of Wilde's witty epigrams, out of context, which draw laughs, out of context, can't save this sad scenario----and lifeless, paceless direction is no help! Four well-chosen actors try their best: Richard Lucas plays "Frank Harris" (never adequately identified), and is suitably stalwart; "Mrs Wilde" is plumply maternal; and "Oscar" himself, Richard Abraham, is a convincing ruin. Just when he's needed most, Patrick Censoplano as "Dorian Gray" slithers down the stairs equipped with genuine movie star elan to be as tempting to Oscar as the Serpent was to Eve. Forewarned: if you don't know... full review

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DONALD WATSON certified reviewer · June 15, 2018
Superb Acting, Writing, and Directing.... full review

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DAVID LUCARELLI certified reviewer · June 21, 2018
tagged as: historical · clever · witty · tragicomedy · Tragic
A captivating look at the final tragic post prison years of Oscar Wilde's life. ... full review

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