Gross Indecency: Gripping Drama Details the Trials of Oscar Wilde
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Playwright Victoria Stewart was inspired by two very different figures -- CNBC personality Suze Orman and Victorian novelist Henry James -- when writing her latest, most probing play, Rich Girl. For despite their differences, both Orman and James share an obsession with money and Rich Girl explores that peculiarly American fascination with startling sensitivity and imagination. When the sheltered Claudine meets the penniless Henry, the two fall helplessly in love. But for Claudine's mother, a tough-talking celebrity finance guru, this happiest of happy coincidences is a cause for suspicion and worry. Inspired by the classic play and film The Heiress, this clever new comedy examines women and their relationships with men, mothers and moolah -- if not in exactly that order. Courtney O'Connor directs the show at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Learn More
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I was surprised that this production was so good, given that the tickets were so inexpensive.
The play itself is extremely well-written---deftly interweaves all types of historical documents relating to Wilde, while showing what happened at the 3 trials. I thought I knew quite a bit about Wilde, but I was wrong.
Most important is that the play shows how the Wilde trials forced society to construct our modern-day category of "homosexuality."
The acting was solid. Fellow who played Wilde was excellent. It's a small rectangular stage, ringed on four sides by three rows of seats. The pacing is great, and the staging is done so that the actors constantly turn as they speak. I don't think you could have a bad seat.
The only drawback to this play is that there are no women. Or rather, there are no female actors. So if you tend to get impatient when watching movies or plays that are full of men only, you might get impatient here. I did a few times, but those moments quickly passed because the material is so interesting and well-presented.
On the whole, an educational, erudite, well-played production. If your tastes run to simple sentence construction and shows about Snooki, you might be in over your head. If you're interested in changing social mores, ideas of beauty, the vagaries of the legal system, artistic temperaments, English prejudice against the Irish, the British class system... then you'll be quite happy at this play.
Gross Indecency uses trial transcripts, personal correspondence, interviews and other source materials to tell the story of the downfall of the great man of letters whose artistic genius has long been overshadowed by the scandal surrounding his imprisonment.
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission.
* This performance is recommended for ages 14 and up.