"In three short months, Oscar Wilde, the most celebrated playwright and wit of Victorian England, was toppled from the apex of British society into humiliation and ruin. Drawing from trial documents, newspaper accounts, and writings of the key players, MoisEs Kaufman ignites an incendiary mix of sex and censorship, with a cast of characters ranging from George Bernard Shaw to Queen Victoria herself. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring JB Blanc, Dakin Matthews, Ian Ogilvy, Peter Paige, Julian Sands, Simon Templeman, John Vickery, Douglas Weston and Matthew Wolf."
by Karen Mack, Jennifer Kaufman
by Barry Neil Kaufman
by Brian Jacques
by Charles Yu
by William Shakespeare
"Through first-person accounts, newspaper stories, and trial records, we hear how the Marquis of Queensbury publicly revealed his son's homosexual liaison with Wilde, after which the author unsuccessfully sued him for libel, setting off the chain of events that resulted in Wilde's imprisonment, self-exile, and early death. This L.A. Theatre Works production boasts an exciting pace and a wonderful turn by Simon Templeman as Wilde. The script, however, lacks finesse, clumsily jumbling drama and documentary. The supporting performances are uneven. For those interested in the subject, this reviewer recommends the far superior TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE that Martin Jarvis recorded a decade ago for CSA Word, in which he stunningly plays all the male roles. Y.R. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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