Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde | Raven Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 14 2010
Price: $15-$22
Black Elephant Theatre's striking debut production brings a new vision to Moises Kaufman's play about the downfall of Oscar Wilde. Kaufman's 1997 docudrama draws on trial transcripts, correspondence, memoirs, and Wilde's own brilliant writings to chart how the Victorian aesthete's libel suit against the father of his male lover led to Wilde himself being imprisoned for acts of "gross indecency." In director Michael Rashid's inventive, sometimes explicitly homoerotic staging, Kaufman's script is enacted by the denizens of a gay karaoke bar. This meta-theatrical approach highlights Wilde's status as a modern gay icon and martyr. It also illuminates the conflicted sexual drives behind his unconventional aesthetic philosophy. The result is a compelling, powerfully acted mix of courtroom drama and passion play. --Albert Williams


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