An Ideal Husband

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Product Number: Z100044885
Released: Oct 01, 2001
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781580814607
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"A tender love story, a serpentine villainess, a glittering setting in London society and a shower of Wildean witticisms are only a few of the reasons this play has enjoyed hugely successful revivals in London and New York. This 1895 drama also seems eerily prescient, as it explores the plight of a promising young politician, desperate to hide a secret in his past. With empathy and wit, Wilde explores the pitfalls of holding public figures to higher standards than the rest of us. Includes an interview with Michael Hackett, the Chair of the Department of Theater at the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to his extensive directorial work for L.A. Theatre Works - which includes plays by Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, and Noel Coward - Michael has directed for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Royal Theatre at the Hague; and the Los Angeles Opera. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Rosalind Ayres as Lady Gertrude Chiltern Jacqueline Bisset as Mrs. Cheveley Paul Gutrecht as Vicomte de Nanjac Martin Jarvis as Sir Robert Chiltern Robert Machray as Phipps Miriam Margolyes as Lady Markby Alfred Molina as Lord Goring Jim Norton as Lord Caversham Yeardley Smith as Mabel Chiltern Directed by Michael Hackett."

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Author(s): Oscar Wilde
Genre: Drama

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Author(s): Oscar Wilde
Genre: Drama
Product Number EB00794901
Released: Dec 04, 2019
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Publisher: Dover Publications
ISBN: #9780486131207
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Author(s): Oscar Wilde
Genre: Classics
Product Number EB00237575
Released: Mar 20, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
ISBN: #9781443431125
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Author(s): Oscar Wilde
Genre: Classics
Product Number EB00626752
Released: Nov 16, 2015
Business Term: 26 Circ
ISBN: #9781443447577
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Author(s): Oscar Wilde
Genre: Drama
Product Number EB00716732
Released: Jan 09, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: #9781504050159
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Author(s): Oscar Wilde
Genre: Drama
Product Number EB00677956
Released: Jul 13, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Start Classics
ISBN: #9781633551817
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Author(s): Oscar Wilde
Genre: Drama
Product Number EB00628507
Released: Nov 30, 2015
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Joe Books Inc.
ISBN: #9781772750010

Professional reviews

"The L.A. Theatre Works performs plays tailored for a radio format before live audiences. The works are treats for the ear: Each features first-rate performances, rich but not overdone sound effects, evocative background music, expert engineering and the immediacy of an audience's live responses. AN IDEAL HUSBAND, Oscar Wilde's 1895 comedy, shows how a good adaptation of a classic play can speak to the present age. Martin Jarvis and director Michael Hackett have slightly streamlined Wilde's play about a rising politician with a secret in his past whose efforts to prevent exposure call attention to the hypocrisy of holding our leaders to higher standards than we ourselves live by. The large cast handles the witty dialogue with delicacy: Jacqueline Bisset charmingly plays one of dramatic literature's most polite blackmailers. The insouciance of the performances emphasizes rather than detracts from the play's serious theme of social hypocrisy. G.H. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"

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