An Ideal Husband 

Oscar Wilde's 1895 comedy about blackmail and politics in Victorian England is encrusted with clever epigrams like "To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance." But as director Jim Schneider proves in this brilliant, well-paced, thoroughly satisfying production, there is a message behind Wilde's mad, mildly subversive wit: all human beings are flawed, get over it. This message is best communicated by Bradford Lund, who gives charm and energy to the apparently frivolous but secretly wise Lord Goring, the play's unexpected moral center. Lund isn't alone, however: the production is packed with as many fine performances as glittering witticisms. Equally impressive is Bob Knuth's set, which somehow fits two gorgeous, well-appointed 19th-century salons into Circle Theatre's itty-bitty space. --Jack Helbig a Through 8/5: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Circle Theatre, 7300 W. Madison, Forest Park, 708-771-0700, $21-$23.


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