The Importance of Being Oscar

fearless imp entertainment · Ages 14+ · United States of America

world premiere
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ROB ANGELL certified reviewer June 12, 2018
tagged as: witty · nuanced · Cerebral · historical · lgbtq
I really enjoyed this production! I'm not super familiar with Wilde's work, but I love all of his quotations and felt compelled to kiss his grave when I visited Paris. June's script is peppered with Wildeisms, guaranteeing a few good chuckles. The actors show us three aspects of Wilde. Abraham gives a standout performance in this well-directed piece that presents with the human side of a legend. The free absinthe at the start of the show didn't hurt, either!... full review
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
CATHERINE CURTIS certified reviewer June 11, 2018
Nice use of stage, good costuming... full review
DONALD WATSON certified reviewer June 15, 2018
Superb Acting, Writing, and Directing.... full review
KELLY MULLIS certified reviewer June 16, 2018
I really liked this Fringe show. I wish it had been longer and with a more elaborate set. They only touch on the fascinating story of the great Oscar Wilde. This show could certainly be extended into a 90 minute biography of the flamboyant gentleman who was Oscar. I felt like I was teased and then let go too soon. All of the writing was top notch and the acting was fabulous as well. All involved should be very proud!! I just wanted MORE, MORE, MORE!!! This is one of those shows that could be put at the Mark Taper Theatre if it was expanded. I simply adore this era and subject matter of the struggling bohemian writer/artist with a tortured soul. It doesn't get any better than that!! ... full review
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
MADELEINE STMICHAEL certified reviewer June 05, 2018
tagged as: oscar wilde · play · biographical
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
DAVID LUCARELLI certified reviewer June 21, 2018
tagged as: Tragic · tragicomedy · witty · clever · historical
A captivating look at the final tragic post prison years of Oscar Wilde's life. ... full review
BRET SHEFTER certified reviewer June 23, 2018
A solid presentation of an intriguing subject. Well written and well acted.... full review