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Title An Ideal Husband
Organization FreeFall Stage
Date(s) of show January 25 - February 24, 2013
Reviewer Dick Frantzreb
Review In his short life (1854-1900) Oscar Wilde established himself as a literary giant of the Victorian era, and he wrote and produced 9 plays. Of these, the most famous is “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Arguably the second most famous is “An Ideal Husband.” Produced in 1895, it is a contemporary portrayal of British society: its mores and the conflicts that emanate from them. It is fundamentally serious drama, but laden with wit. And the audience member who listens carefully to FreeFall Stage's presentation of this play will be rewarded with some brilliant writing. And excellent acting. All the players have brought their best British accents to the stage, and some of the characterizations are truly inspired. The cast are all experienced adult actors who skillfully bring to life Wilde’s insights into human nature, social norms, moral dilemmas, ethics, honor, the relations between men and women – and love. The production values are high, with a well-designed set and gorgeous costumes. Misunderstandings, deception, and naked villainy add spice to the plot, and make for an engaging evening (or afternoon) of cerebral entertainment.

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