Oscar Wilde News

Date of Birth: October 16, 1854
Date of Death: November 30, 1900 (46)
Birth Place: Dublin, IRELAND
Gender: Male
BWW Review:  As Much 'Skillduggery' as 'Skullduggery' in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at the OrpheumBWW Review: As Much 'Skillduggery' as 'Skullduggery' in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at the Orpheum
by Joseph Baker - Feb 10, 2016

A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER must have been a 'labor of love' for Robert L. Freedman, who wrote the book: After all, it is derived from the brilliant 1949 British comedy classic KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS, which benefited immeasurably by performances by Dennis Price, Joan Greenwood, and -- most especially -- the brilliant Alec Guinness, whose impersonation of all the victims was a tour de force. Yet, A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE, with wickedly droll music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak, is a deliciously poisonous bon bon all its own. It's as if Joseph Kesselring's ARSENIC AND OLD LACE had somehow melded with Oscar Wilde's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, and somewhere 'up there' (or 'down there,' whatever the case may be) writers like Roald Dahl and directors like Alfred Hitchcock must be smiling at the production currently delighting audiences at the Orpheum. (more...)

BWW Review: Dael Orlandersmith Explores the Impact of Family -- Both Biological and Chosen -- in FOREVER, at Portland Center StageBWW Review: Dael Orlandersmith Explores the Impact of Family -- Both Biological and Chosen -- in FOREVER, at Portland Center Stage
by Krista Garver - Feb 10, 2016

As soon as Dael Orlandersmith walks into the room, you feel the force of her presence. This is despite, or perhaps because of, the fact that she's not even facing the audience, but rather examining a series of old photographs pinned to the wall. She makes her way around the room, eventually climbing onto the stage, looking out into the audience, and welcoming you to the theatre. And at that point, you're pretty much done for. Ms. Orlandersmith is a performer of the highest order, and you'd be best to take a deep breath now, because you might forget to for the next 80 minutes. (more...)

Provincetown Theater Sets 2016 SeasonProvincetown Theater Sets 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

Provincetown Theater's new Executive Artistic Director, Tristan DiVincenzo has announced the theater's extensive 2016 season.† The year will explore a highly adventurous mix of theatre styles including: Shakespearean comedy; the side splitting farce of Oscar Wilde; the ground breaking dramatic work of Eugene O'Neill; the absurdism of Samuel Beckett and a completely re-imagined "A Christmas Carol". † (more...)

BWW Review: LOVE LETTERS Is GCT's Valentine to the CommunityBWW Review: LOVE LETTERS Is GCT's Valentine to the Community
by Joseph Baker - Feb 8, 2016

In his Sonnet 116, William Shakespeare wrote, 'Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments' -- and impediments there are aplenty in A.R. Gurney's oft-performed LOVE LETTERS, which Director Anthony Isbell and a sterling, rotating cast of three couples has staged at the intimate Germantown Community Theatre. It's a St. Valentine's gift to the community, to be sure; and as soon as you enter the atmospheric lobby, pay heed to the scattering of deep-red rose petals and the framed quotations of letters from famous lovers -- everyone from John Keats to (even) Oscar Wilde to Johnny Cash. You'll be doing yourself a disservice if you don't, as they establish a real mood for what takes place on stage. (more...)

THE MEETING* to Celebrate CABARET at Joe's Pub, 2/21THE MEETING* to Celebrate CABARET at Joe's Pub, 2/21
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

?The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show, will return to JOE'S PUB at The Public Theater to continue the Winter/Spring 2016 season on Sunday, February 21 at 9:30 PM. The Meeting* has been called "delicious and delightfully†droll" by†The New York Post and "hilarious and†sardonic" by†The Village Voice. A story for Slate.com called the evening "so deliciously icy that it left me shivering with fear and delight." The 2014-2015 season sold out after a profile in The New York Times "Arts & Leisure" section. The February show will honor the iconic musical "Cabaret" with special guests to be announced. Tracy Stark serves as the show's Music Director. (more...)

BWW Preview: Milwaukee Ballet's World Premiere  Introduces Decadent, 'Wilde' DORIAN GRAYBWW Preview: Milwaukee Ballet's World Premiere Introduces Decadent, 'Wilde' DORIAN GRAY
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Feb 5, 2016

Coming this February, Milwaukee Ballet and Artistic Director Michael Pink introduce their World Premiere ballet Dorian Gray. Based on the British 1980 novel by Oscar Wilde, Pink originally debuted another version of this story in Augsburg, Germany two years ago. This year in Milwaukee, PInk commissioned a new score by Philip Fenney, scenic and costume designs by Todd Edward Ivins, and returns Emmy award-winning Lighting Designer David Grill to envision†the ominous story..†Grill will be at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, February 7, and then 'after lighting Coldplay will light the Milwaukee Ballet.' This tour-de-force creative collaboration underscores fresh choreography by Pink to produce another full-length ballet performed for the first time in the Historic Pabst Theater†over two full winter†weekends. (more...)

Tickets to JUDAS KISS with Rupert Everett in Toronto on Sale TomorrowTickets to JUDAS KISS with Rupert Everett in Toronto on Sale Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

David Mirvish will†present Rupert Everett starring in the North American premiere of Neil Armfield's production of David Hare's The Judas Kiss. This production began at London's Hampstead Theatre in 2012, where it received unanimous raves and broke the theatre's box office record. Due to popular demand, it transferred to London's West End, where it also had a brilliant engagement. (more...)

Mamai Theatre Company to Host 2016 WOMEN ON FIRE BenefitMamai Theatre Company to Host 2016 WOMEN ON FIRE Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Mamai†Theatre Company announces its 2016 Benefit: WOMEN ON FIRE, Monday, March 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. (more...)

SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Edward Hibbert to Bring 'Can't Something Be Done?' to Feinstein's/54 BelowSOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Edward Hibbert to Bring 'Can't Something Be Done?' to Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Edward Hibbert, currently starring in the completely original new musical comedy Something Rotten!, will return to Feinstein's/54 Below for the first time in two years on Sunday, February 21 at 7:00pm with his smart and sassy show,†"Can't Something Be Done?", following sold-out past concerts and his starring role in†It Shoulda Been You†this past summer. (more...)

Independent Shakespeare Co.'s New Works Reading Series Continues with IAMBIC LABIndependent Shakespeare Co.'s New Works Reading Series Continues with IAMBIC LAB
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2016

Independent Shakespeare Co.†(ISC), presenters of the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival and recipients of the 2015 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater, announce the debut of a new works reading series,†iambic lab,†presented†Friday, February 12 and†Saturday, February 13 at 7:30pm and Sunday, February 14 at 2pm at Independent Studio in the Atwater Crossing Arts + Innovation Complex, 3191 Casitas Ave., #168 in Atwater Village. (more...)

Chicago Directors Set for American Players Theatre's 37th Summer Festival SeasonChicago Directors Set for American Players Theatre's 37th Summer Festival Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2016

American Players Theatre (APT) announces its 37th Summer Festival Season, June 3 - October 16, 2016, a diverse lineup of eight classical and contemporary plays in repertory that includes the return and work of two visiting Chicago directors: Derrick Sanders, founding Artistic Director of Congo Square Theatre Company directing The African Company Presents Richard III by Carlyle Brown in APT's intimate 200-seat Touchstone Theatre; and Jeff Award winner William Brown taking on William Shakespeare's King Lear in APT's flagship 1140-seat outdoor amphitheater on the Hill. (more...)

BLOOD to Mark The Garage's Debut ProductionBLOOD to Mark The Garage's Debut Production
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

A Jewish-American reporter in Japan uncovers a conspiracy to cover up the government-sanctioned sale of HIV-contaminated blood products in a new political thriller with music inspired by true events. (more...)

Artists Rep Sets 2016-17 SeasonArtists Rep Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

Artists Repertory Theatre announces a stylistically diverse season of seven imaginative and entertaining plays that grapple with family and the pursuit of happiness. The season features one World Premiere commissioned by Artists Rep's new play development program Table|Room|Stage, along with five Northwest Premieres (including a musical) by some of the best emerging contemporary playwrights in the country, and one re-imagined classic featuring an all-female cast. The 2016/17 selections emphasize the aesthetic and scope of work Artists Rep has been committed to producing for almost 35 years as Portland's premiere mid-size regional theatre. (more...)

KINKY BOOTS Extends Toronto Run Through May 2016KINKY BOOTS Extends Toronto Run Through May 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Toronto audiences refuse to let KINKY BOOTS end at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.†The show, which had its Canadian debut on†June 16, 2015, was originally booked for a 12-week run. The demand from audiences was so strong, it has already been extended three times. In fact, GASLIGHT, which was supposed to play at the†Royal Alex was moved to a†reconfigured Ed Mirvish Theatre, so that KINKY BOOTS could be extended. (more...)

BWW Review: THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GREY, Trafalgar Studio Two, 20 January 2016BWW Review: THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GREY, Trafalgar Studio Two, 20 January 2016
by Liz Cearns - Jan 24, 2016

A moving new adaptation of Wilde's only novel has hit Trafalgar Studios; this thought-provoking, philosophical piece uses only four actors to tell the intricate story of a man and the visual manifestation of his soul. (more...)

BWW Feature: Soon Clevelanders Will be Going to the Shaw Festival in CanadaBWW Feature: Soon Clevelanders Will be Going to the Shaw Festival in Canada
by Roy Berko - Jan 22, 2016

The Canadian winds are whipping across Lake Erie! Yes, the snow is on the ground, the weather is miserable, but soon the cold winds will subside and many Clevelanders will start their trek to the land of the maple leaf and cross one of the many bridges in their treks north to Canada for wonderful theater. (more...)

West End THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Cast Album to be Released in FebruaryWest End THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Cast Album to be Released in February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2016

Stage Door Records are pleased to announce that the previously unreleased studio cast recording of the 1984 West End musical 'The Importance' will be released on February 26th, 2016. The CD release continues Stage Door's commitment to preserve 'lost' British theatre scores of the past 50 years. (more...)

World Premiere of SALOME to Open 2/5 at Mack Sennett StudiosWorld Premiere of SALOME to Open 2/5 at Mack Sennett Studios
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2016

Lunar River in association with Mack Sennett Studios has announced the world premiere of†Salome,†a radically queer reinvention of the ancient tale, written by Christopher Adams-Cohen and directed by Patrick Kennelly.†Salome†will run for four weeks only with two preview performances on January 31 and February 4 at 8pm. Opening is set for Friday, February 5 at 8pm.†Salome†will run through February 28 at The Basement at Mack Sennett Studios.† (more...)

Paper Canoe Theater Company to Present LIGHT: A DARK COMEDYPaper Canoe Theater Company to Present LIGHT: A DARK COMEDY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2016

†Paper Canoe Theater Company, a devised theatre company for families, presents Light: A Dark Comedy by Greg Steinbruner, in partnership with Triskelion Arts, at the Muriel Schulman Theater. (more...)

SISSYBOY to Open 2/12 at NoHo Arts CenterSISSYBOY to Open 2/12 at NoHo Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2016

The multi award-winning NoHo Arts Center Ensemble (NoHo ACE) is thrilled to present a world premiere play, SissyBoy, written and performed by James Mellon and directed by Kevin Bailey. SissyBoy will begin previews on Friday, February 5 at 8pm; will open on Friday, February 12 at 8pm and run for eleven performances through Sunday, March 6, 2016 at the NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd. (at Lankershim Blvd.) in North Hollywood. (more...)

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