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.
See it if You are a fan of Oscar Wilde, Rupert Everett, British television (cast is full of familiar faces), and historical dramas.
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with nudity, sexual situations, or gay themes
See it if you would enjoy a portrayal of a complex, intelligent writer as tries to reconcile reason and passion.
Don't see it if you find history plays boring and Oscar Wilde uninteresting.
See it if You love Rupert Everett. He's terrific in the role, and about the only reason to see it.
Don't see it if if you think you're going to learn something, or want to have something to talk about afterwards.
See it if you are a fan of Oscar Wilde's work and want to learn something about his life.
Don't see it if biographical aspects of an author don't engage you as much as fictional story lines.
See it if Seeing Rupert Everett (who is very good in the show) outweighs sitting through 2 1/2 hours of a not very good play.
Don't see it if You are expecting to see something about Oscar Wilde in his prime -- this deals with the end of his life, and does so in a turgid manner.