Alan Stanford is likely among the best living authorities on Wilde and I thought it, you're right, not a happy bookend to the play, but a profound one, and fun. Course, Wilde didn't end his life on much of an upnote, but I thought that the pre-and prologues did serve the play well in so far as they illuminated both the work contextually and the radical profile Wilde's historical figure(ine) cut. I like too that this production pulled no punches portraying the Importance's farcical elements in addition to its ferociously tragic side. No pussyfooting here, eh.
& thanks for the congrats, Tamar and Abby. It's been great fun.
Also caught Ken Loach's brilliant new film, The Wind that Shook the Barley in Dublin, which we loved.
North of Ireland
30 replies to this topic