The Importance of Being Oscar

ensemble theatre · fearless imp entertainment · Ages 14+ · world premiere · 1hr · United States of America

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KAT MICHELS see it or skip it la · June 21, 2018
tagged as: Maudlin · #SkipItLA
#SkipItLA While I enjoyed Richard Abraham’s portrayal of Oscar Wilde, that wasn’t enough for me to enjoy the show as a whole. The Importance of Being Oscar presents Oscar Wilde post-jail in three vignettes where he meets with a colleague, his estranged wife and his fictional character Dorian Gray. These encounters occur in three different years according to the program. However, the direction doesn’t make this clear, leaving the play to feel as if Wilde has one really long emotionally packed afternoon. There are also no breaks for Wilde or the audience. Bad news and poor tidings pile one on top of the other with nothing lighthearted to break them up for even a moment, leaving a depressive cloud over the whole affair. For the full revi... full review

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STEVE BENAQUIST · June 12, 2018
A moving look at the sadder aspects of the life of Oscar Wilde which cleverly highlights the sadness by juxtaposing it with his famous (and endless) witty quips. Really good, natural performances and elegantly unfolding in three parts.... full review

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DENZIL MEYERS certified reviewer · June 10, 2018
tagged as: witty. · entertaining · educational · touching
Great to learn more about this famous character, and the intimate lives connected to him. Actors do a nice job bringing the issues to life. Dramatizes Wilde's final chapter in a personal way.... full review

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LUCY GILLESPIE certified reviewer · June 04, 2018
tagged as: oscar wilde · comedy · dramatic · classics · History
Poignant and clever—a must see for history buffs and fans of Oscar Wilde! ... full review

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JEN CASTLE · June 12, 2018
The show is fantastic- well written with rich character work. Good job to everyone involved. It was a magical hour of theater. ... full review

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MARK HEIN theatre ghost, better lemons · June 12, 2018
tagged as: poignant · witty · Intelligent
"The Importance of Being Oscar" is literate, funny, interesting and lively. (Author Brandie June deftly uses several of Wilde’s best bon mots, and throws in a few of her own.) It still has some rough edges. But in brief compass, it explores the many difficulties — and discovers the real importance — of being Oscar. ... full review

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MARK SCHWEICKART · June 07, 2018
Very well written and performed. A top-notch hour at the Fringe. The central character portrayed by Richard Abraham had a delightfully droll delivery that fit perfectly with the Wilde aphorisms sprinkled throughout his dialogue, which got a lot of much-deserved laughs. He also communicated the sense of defeat and despair that was hovering over these last few years of Wilde's life. His co-performers were equally strong, especially the fantasized, come-to-life character of Dorian Gray in the last sequence. ... full review

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DAN SUGIMOTO certified reviewer · June 05, 2018
Brandie June has considerable talent as a writer and with solid directing this piece satisfies in the ways it wants/needs to. That being said it’s vignette like approach leaves little to the full development of a narrative worthy of Oscar Wilde, with two acts and more focus on the fascinating love triangle presented with the last two scenes, this piece could reach higher levels of the historic fantasy genre so desperately in need of another ‘Genuis writer meets character’ plot line. June is obviously a step ahead of most writers and investing in fleshing this out is a safe bet for the production team. I liked it and am ready to love it. ... full review

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DAVID MACDOWELL BLUE certified reviewer · June 06, 2018
Oscar Wilde's life in its own proved epic, enough to inspire many a retelling, which if you added up together might prove longer than Game of Thrones yet still leave so much unexplored! This one act play focuses squarely on the last weeks or months of Wilde's life, and yeah leaves us wanting more. Most good plays do. Like a haiku, it seeks to evoke more than anything else a sense of "might have been." Wilde did not deserve what happened to him, yet in his world, his society, many thought he got off easy with losing his family, income, good name, liberty and health. Immersed as he was in his own time (as who of us is not) that negativity did reach him, and created a fear his works would be forgotten. We know that fear groundless, which ... full review

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BRIGHT EYES certified reviewer · June 16, 2018
An admirable attempt, but tries to do too much with too little. Wilde deserves more depth. The playwright needs to dig deeper. Moments of great emotion are briefly touched upon (loss of friendship, family and love) and gone. Trying to touch a lot of bases with insufficient time.... full review

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