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The Judas Kiss

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Members say: 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. More…

In the spring of 1895, Oscar Wilde was larger than life. His masterpiece, 'The Importance of Being Earnest,' was a hit in the West End and he was the toast of London. Yet by summer he was arrested for gross indecency and embarking on an ill-fated trial. Wilde’s adoration for Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas was his downfall.

Member Reviews (89)


Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Slow, Great writing
Avg Score

Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You like great acting, clever dialogue, conversation and wit.

Don't see it if You are bored easily or are not a David Hare fan

Disappointing, Great acting, Great writing, Overrated, Slow

See it if Rupert Everett is a great actor and david hare is a great writer. If those two things are enough for you go see it

Don't see it if Don't mind slow and static and are looking for a more complex and moving view of wilde

Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in the life of Oscar Wilde. The playwright, David Hare, has created a look a man who has it all-and loses it.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with homosexuality and nudity used for illustrating the life of Oscar Wilde.

Disappointing, Dated, Excruciating, Great acting

See it if you want to see a beautiful, naked man for nearly the wh0le second act or a great performance by Everett. Or are fascinated by Wilde.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through a slow, plodding, boring first act to see said naked man.

Slow, Great acting, Intelligent, Indulgent, Profound

See it if you are a gay man & you want see a brilliant actor portray Oscar Wilde. Lots of one-liners, cigarettes & nudity. Fire Island on narcotics.

Don't see it if you want to stay awake. This play drags and is generally uninteresting because Wilde just talks and does basically nothing for 2.5 hours.

Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Murky

See it if You like good English acting, are fascinated by Oscar Wilde and how a brilliant writer can make bad life choices.

Don't see it if It will be a big minus that it's hard to hear and the motives for Bosie's and Wilde's actions are not satisfactorily explained.

Great acting

See it if Rupert Everett gives a masterful performance. A couple of the other actors are quite strong as well. Interesting idea to explore, but ...

Don't see it if you're expecting an in depth exploration of Oscar Wilde and his obsession with his lover. Impossible task to approximate dialogue of Wilde.

Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you enjoy seeing an actor play the part of a lifetime.

Don't see it if you don't like historical plays.

Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you would like to see a masterful performance by Rupert Everett, and you appreciate witty dialogue and little action

Don't see it if you don't like talky plays, and you are more interested in the trial of Oscar Wilde then his relationship that led to his prosecution

Clever, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you want to see Rupert Everett give a great performance, transformed into Wilde & if you'd like to see a really hot guy naked for a while

Don't see it if you can't stand watching Bosie be such an epic jerk to Wilde yet again; you aren't comfortable with extended nudity on stage.

Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy first class acting and a show that makes you rethink your definition of unconditional love.

Don't see it if You're not interested in a story about questionable actions and gay centric themes.

Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you're a Wilde devotee or a Rupert Everett fan. You enjoy historical shows or are interested in gay themes. Beautifully acted and resonant

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Wilde or plays that make you think. This play starts a conversation you'll have to finish on your own time

Great acting, Slow, Long-winded, Intriguing premise, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy period pieces, especially David Hare's "behind closed doors" dramas. Also, if you want to see a great lead performance.

Don't see it if You prefer 90 minute plays, or are easily put off by more telling than showing.

Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Intense

See it if Demonstrating the pitfalls of love and what the heart wants that common sense would warn against. Rupert Everett is a quality actor 100%!

Don't see it if Gay themed plays are not your cup of tea.

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.

Intelligent, Ambitious, Uneven acting, Interesting

See it if you're interested in Oscar Wilde's life, want to see Mr. Everett at work albeit surrounded by disappointing actors.

Don't see it if you mind a direction that drives all characters except for Mr. Everett to become two-dimensional cartoons.

Great acting, Disappointing, Actionless, Lethargic

See it if you want to see Rupert Everett's masterful performance and/or if you want to see 18 minutes of another actor's full frontal nudity

Don't see it if you are looking for a play with action or meaning.

Disappointing, Great writing, Intelligent, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in an intelligent, historically and biographically based play about Oscar Wilde, with a good performance by Rupert Everett

Don't see it if you're looking for a masterful production. The play is better than this production shows, and the Bosie is particularly weak.

Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Well-designed

See it if Are a big fan of Rupert Everett and want to see the life of Oscar Wilde dramatized. And if you like full-frontal male nudity.

Don't see it if You're looking for a great script, good director and if you dislike onstage nudity.

Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like a great production

Don't see it if see it

Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Slow

See it if you like still-relevant period pieces, great performances, and intelligent dialogue. (Extra points for the eye candy.)

Don't see it if you are hard of hearing... I sat in the gallery and had trouble hearing the actors, which made it a little slow since the dialogue is key.

Great staging, Intelligent, Great acting, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy bio-profile piece of theater. Fan of Oscar Wilde. Fan of Rupert Everett.

Don't see it if Second act is stronger than first. Some acting is uneven. Trek from Manhattan to BAM not worth it

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Resonant

See it if See it for Rupert Everett and Cal MacAninch's moving performances, David Hare's witty dialogue and Dale Ferguson's luxurious set design.

Don't see it if you have problems with onstage nudity and you are not into dialogue-driven plays.

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You are intrigued about Mr. Wilde's secret affairs and self-destructive persona. Mr. Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde is perfection.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play that describes love and misfortune between two men.

Great acting, Intelligent, Sexy, Slow, Masterful

See it if you can resist everything but temptation and male nudity.

Don't see it if you don't like verbose shows.

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 bi...
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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 noth...
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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...
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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 role...
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