The Judas Kiss
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The Judas Kiss

The Judas Kiss NYC Reviews and Tickets

(89 Ratings)
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Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Slow, Great writing

About the Show

BAM presents David Hare's multidimensional study of esteemed 19th-century playwright Oscar Wilde (Rupert Everett), who quickly went from success to exile.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (89)

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62 Reviews | 20 Followers
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You appreciate issues relating to LGBT, Oscar Wilde, great acting, great drama with humor balancing the performance beautifully.

Don't see it if You are looking for lots of action, bigger than life setting, simple dialogue.

353 Reviews | 64 Followers
Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if like me, you think even the least talented Brit actor can turn cartwheels over any American any day. Everett is brilliant. Script is great.

Don't see it if You have trouble hearing or don't like to have to strain to catch every line. This play would really be best in a smaller theater.

140 Reviews | 33 Followers
Absorbing, Masterful, Intelligent, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in the life of Oscar Wilde, appreciate great acting, and enjoy original stories

Don't see it if you are homophobic

416 Reviews | 190 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You are outraged about archaic views about homosexuality. To see Rupert Everett become Oacar Wilde. Have been betrayed. Trust too much.

Don't see it if You have archaic views. Like living in the closet Throw your "friends" under the bus. Have no scruples and too much ego.

1166 Reviews | 464 Followers
Masterful, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Funny

See it if You're looking for top notch acting, in a well written play that's smart and serious but still manages to make you laugh.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Oscar Wilde. Rupert Everett makes you feel like you're watching Wilde himself.

197 Reviews | 224 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if brilliant performances in a true story of love, betrayal, and honesty are what you enjoy in the theatre. Rupert Everett is not to be missed

Don't see it if didactic plays bore you or if you're easily offended by nudity on stage.

170 Reviews | 162 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Resonant

See it if This a brilliant production of the excellent David Hare play. Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde is superb as is the whole cast.

Don't see it if you're squeamish or uncomfortable with male nudity and intimate dialogue. Or, perhaps, you're having trouble getting a good seat. Try+++.

260 Reviews | 62 Followers
Exquisite, Brillant, Memorable, Witty

See it if You enjoyed tortured tales - this a painful and true story

Don't see it if If plays about artists irritate you or if seemingly illogical choices drive you nutty Read more

Critic Reviews (37)

The New York Times
May 17th, 2016

"How do you create dynamic drama with a hero who refuses to move? Armfield’s luxurious revival doesn’t solve that problem...This production artfully illuminates the greatest, most operatic contradiction that Mr. Hare’s Oscar embodies. That’s love as a force both sacred and profane...The second biggest problem with 'Judas': As written — and as played — Bosie isn’t worthy of anyone’s love...Which means 'The Judas Kiss' is without friction as well as without motion."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
May 17th, 2016

"Everett could hardly be better in a role he seems to have grown himself toward...In the process the play, too, grows toward the brilliance of its subject...The play’s flaw is too essential to be repaired so Armfield has had the good sense to highlight it instead. As Bosie, Charlie Rowe does nothing (except look good) to mitigate the character’s awfulness...Importantly, this production is also much more beautiful than the earlier one."
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The Wall Street Journal
May 19th, 2016

"Mr. Everett’s performance is a creative impersonation of breathtaking authority...One of the failings of 'The Judas Kiss' is that Mr. Hare, much to my surprise, has idealized Wilde’s personality...Even more disappointing are the one-note performances of the actors cast in the key supporting roles...I wouldn’t have wanted to miss seeing Mr. Everett, nor should you, but be forewarned that you’re more than likely to go home feeling let down.”
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New York Daily News
June 7th, 2016

"The first act in David Hare’s 1998 vivid but verbose play takes place right before Wilde is imprisoned for his out-and-loud sexuality. The second unfolds after his release from the clink and his handsome blue-blood lover cavalierly betrays him. Neil Armfield’s staging comes with a fine performances by Everett and company, moody atmosphere and exposed skin, especially from a minor character with a major physique."
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The Hollywood Reporter
May 17th, 2016

"Everett delivers a performance that deserves to become legendary...The play is admittedly a bit slow and talky...Still, there are many moving moments...The witticisms are, not surprisingly, delivered with exquisite comic timing by Everett. But his performance goes much deeper. Wearing a fat suit and a wig, the dashing actor is virtually unrecognizable in the role, but the weight of his portrayal is as emotional as it is physical."
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New York Post
May 20th, 2016

"Rupert Everett, barely recognizable in a padded suit and prosthetic makeup, plays Oscar Wilde in the late 1890s, when the writer was tried for 'gross indecency' for his affair with Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas...There’s delicious indecency from actor Tom Colley, who spends 20 minutes reclining in the nude. That, unfortunately, is the only rise David Hare’s gabby drama provokes."
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AM New York
May 20th, 2016

"Wearing a fat suit, Everett delivers a wonderfully detailed and nuanced performance that captures Wilde’s flamboyance, wit and generosity but also stresses his vulnerabilities...Unfortunately, Neil Armfield’s spare and uneven production does not make a strong case for the play...The first act is packed with drama, but the second act is downbeat and static. Other than Wilde, the characters are painted thin, especially the detestable Bosie."
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May 17th, 2016

"We know about Wilde's tragic end, but we have a hard time believing that he took it so tragically the whole time. In so thoroughly canonizing Wilde, Hare and Armfield rob him of that which makes him so special: His irreverent wit and propensity to treat all serious things of life with sincere and studied triviality. Worse, it gives Wilde no real emotional journey, rendering this drama not just depressing, but sleepy."
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