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Re: “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

After reading a bunch of good reviews for this production, I decided to make it out to Andersonville to visit the Raven. I saw a fantastic preview production of Cat on A Hot Tin Roof there recently, and "Gross Indecency" piqued my interest. I am certainly glad I made the trip. I have seen the show, off Broadway in New York, and a couple of years ago here in Chicago. This production approaches the material in a completely new way. Setting in modern day times, amidst a hateful outside environment - 9 attractive guys meet in a karaoke bar to put on a production of Moises Kauffman's play. The director almost nails it. There are moments that are a stretch, and some moments that are a little overlong - however those aside, this is a striking production.

The acting is phenomenal. Especially the actors playing Wilde and Bosie - the literary worlds most devastating lovers. These two make 3 dimensional characters which are quite impressive. The supporting cast is equally striking, performing multiple characters. There is an overlong semi-nude scene, which at first seems to detract from the piece. But when Wilde delivers the monologue that 'the love that dare not speak its name' - is a 'beautiful love'. It makes the audience stare down blatant and physical homosexual love and see that it is a beautiful thing.

I would, and have highly recommended this to my theatre friends.

Posted by CShindler on 10/19/2010 at 11:13 AM

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