The Judas Kiss
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The Judas Kiss

The Judas Kiss NYC Reviews and Tickets

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

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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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866 Reviews | 898 Followers
Interesting, Slow, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you like historical fiction, Oscar Wilde, & flawed characters. It's well written & acted.

Don't see it if this is slow and Everett looks way older than Wilde's mid-40s. It can get tedious at points. Male nudity bothers you. Borderline pedantic.

841 Reviews | 1006 Followers
Great acting, Informative, Interesting, Slow

See it if You are interested in Oscar Wilde or enjoy biopic dramas. Everett gives an excellent performance & it's an interesting story.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with nudity or LGBT themes.

963 Reviews | 338 Followers
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Long, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a Wilde fan (who isn't?). Everett is riveting. The play is slow, but is solid. Intelligent and witty. Even touching. Sophisticated.

Don't see it if you prefer experimental works; this is an old-fashioned charmer. Very talky; little movement. Gratuitous nudity for spice. Many white males!

928 Reviews | 379 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.

764 Reviews | 212 Followers
Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy top-notch acting.

Don't see it if You are close-minded.

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
Intelligent, Slow, Entertaining, Melodramatic

See it if you love the writing of Oscar Wilde. Rupert Everett is wonderful as the witty and the dramatic writer.

Don't see it if you have issues with nudity. There are several sex scenes. In addition the script assumes that the audience knows the Wilde's biography.

677 Reviews | 186 Followers
Intelligent, Slow, Innocuous, Disappointing, Great performance

See it if you want to see Everett's smart, nuanced performance; you're a Hare completist; you enjoy a quip-filled dramedy (courtesy of Wilde's wit).

Don't see it if you expect a provocative, consequential account of late-in-life Wilde; you can't accept (or handle) a shrill, detestable portrayal of Bosie.

677 Reviews | 150 Followers
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you're a fan of David Hare, Oscar Wilde or Rupert Everett, want to see Everett prove he can act, enjoy a serious take on the limits of love

Don't see it if you don't like nudity on stage, want more detail about the Wilde trial and aftermath,

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 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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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 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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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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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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