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An Ideal Husband

by Oscar Wilde
directed by Charles Newell

Mar 04, 1998 — May 03, 1998

Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband” is sleek, handsome, amusing and played with touching sincerity. -Richard Christiansen, Chicago Tribune

An Ideal Husband revolves around a blackmail scheme that forces a married couple to reexamine their moral standards — providing, along the way, a wry commentary on the rarity of politicians who can claim to be ethically pure. A supporting cast of young lovers, society matrons, an overbearing father, and a formidable femme fatale continually exchange sparkling repartee, keeping the play moving at a lively pace.

Like most of Wilde’s plays, this scintillating drawing-room comedy is wise, well-constructed, and deeply satisfying. An instant success at its 1895 debut, the play continues to delight audiences over one hundred years later.

In Rotating Repertory with The Cherry Orchard

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