Acclaimed British Playwright David Hare's The Judas Kiss Comes to Actor's Express
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The last date listed for The Judas Kiss was Friday June 10, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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Written as an allegory for the McCarthy "witch hunts" launched against supposed communists in the… More
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It was well performed, I brought my guests who were traveling from London, they were impressed with the actors' British accent.
Stage was well utilized and designed.
Main characters were passionate and professional.
We enjoyed it very much. thank you.
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I was rather disappointed in the first act, in which Oscar took a long time to appear and was not nearly as witty as I hoped he would be when he finally did show up. The main humor came from Jillian Fratkin's portrayal of the maid, Phoebe. The...continued
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The 1998 premiere of The Judas Kiss on London’s West End starred Liam Neeson as Oscar Wilde.
Playwright: David Hare (Skylight, The Secret Rapture)
Director: David Crowe
Starring Clifton Guterman and Artistic Director Freddie Ashley
The Judas Kiss is the last in David Hare’s trilogy of plays about love and betrayal. Hare hints at but does not focus on Wilde’s life as the outrageous and epigrammatic toast of London. He uses the drama of the three trials that began with Wilde’s own suit against his decidedly unworthy lover’s homophobic father to jump-start his examination of Wilde as a figure of almost biblical nobility. The play’s title refers to Judas Iscariot, one of the original twelve disciples of Jesus, who betrayed him with a kiss to identify him and turn him over to the chief priests and elders of Jerusalem.
Hare’s play, which he calls “stage poetry,” re-imagines what might have happened between Wilde and his current lover, Lord Alfred Doulas, (a.k.a. Bosie), and past lover, Robbie Ross, during two crucial moments of his life — the first when he is faced with either exile or arrest and the second years after that fateful decision when he has risked betrayal once again by returning to the lover who already betrayed him once.