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Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. by Moisés Kaufman. Directed by Veronica Haakonsen. November , Chelsea Theatre Works. Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. Transforming century-old court transcripts, newspaper accounts, various letters and. A Play by Moises Kaufman. I like to say that Oscar Wilde was the first performance artist. He was a man who chose to live his life with passion. And in trying to.

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I like this project for Kaufman infinitely better than The Laramie Project yhe fans. I would love to have the opportunity to see it performed. It really shows how much Wilde changed the way we think, the way we read, and the way we identify.

The entire production does justice to the playwright. Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle. Make that both playwrights.

Oct 15, Rae rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 15, Katie rated it it was ok. It’s also incredible to me that more than a century has passed since the time of these trials and we’re still grappling over what seems to me to be a basic human right to love someone of your own choosing and make a life with them. Mar 05, J rated it liked it Shelves: And the question of what art is and how it should be treated and Wilde’s articulation of his artistic vision were speaking to me profoundly.

A really great way to write historical fiction. The language is certainly much easier to follow than the last few plays I’ve read given that they were all Shakespeare and I think there’s a lot that can be learned from this play about morality, art, and the state of the justice system.

It is intellectual, and it repeatedly exists between an elder and a younger man when the elder man has intellect and the younger man has all the joy, hope, and glamour of life before him. There came a moment, however, in when the playwright was betrayed by his own wit, after which he would never again be able to gain control of his wiode.


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Hardly a week goes by without an attempted parliamentary coup. Advertise About Tips Contact Us. This one was an exception. The defense denounced Wilde’s art and literature as immoral, leading the prosecuting attorney to declare, “It would appear wilve what is on trial is not Lord Queensberry but Mr. Having cobbled up the piece from an array of bios, court documents, and historical accounts, Kaufman sets up inndecency panel of actors to flash the quoted material.

Kaufman’s production has a physical simplicity. It’s amazing that love can th and grow even in the most inhospitable soil: Open Preview See a Problem?

It has exactly the kind of staging I adore. I have found the love of my life, am not struggling through high school, and find it highly unlikely that I will bump into any un-dead individuals. Not to say it’s repetitive, but it’s interesting to see how Kaufman visualizes and synthesizes in similar fashions.

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

The closest Wilde came to anything resembling a modern sense of gay pride was his defense, tdials la the ancient Greeks, of an elevated, rather spiritual love between older and younger men. It has the touches of Moises Kaufmann which have become familiar to me since I co-directed The Laramie Project a couple of years ago, but tree script is a little more streamlined, with fewer characters and locations. I would still love to see it performed. Above all the allegations and vicious attacks towers Wilde, as fascinating as any character he created.

Kaufman is of Romanian and Ukrainian Jewish descent. It’s a worthwhile read; written in the style of documentary indeecncy. It pushes the concept of “truth,” and how very often that’s a construct of mutual, subjective perspectives. Jul 27, Kathryn rated it really liked it.

I’ll bet it’s amazing live. Winner of the Lambda Literary Award In this stunning work of theater, Moises Kaufman turns the trials of Oscar Wilde into a riveting human and intellectual drama.


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It is not like a basic play; it is driven by storytelling more than acting out events. Brilliant, a little too Brechtian for my tastes at points, but emotional and evocative. Goodreads helps oc keep track of books you want to read. Aug 06, Qilde rated it it was amazing. Director Moises Kaufman shaped a sharply intelligent, dramatically fresh take on a subject that would seem to have been exhausted.

It’s not overly done, it’s straightforward, it’s poignant and its beautifully written. And in that sense, this play was even more successful than I had hoped. I’m not a fan at all of Lf work, but his story is absolutely fascinating. I think I would have preferred this if the dialogue was less convoluted and the exchange between characters more apparent – I am sure it must flow better on stage but it made for wiode slightly confusing read.

Brilliantly constructed play on a hard topic. In doing so, England’s reigning man of letters set in motion a series of events that would culminate in his ruin and imprisonment. Under the guise of a fop with a green carnation on trjals lapel, Wilde was–and remains to this day–a veritable revolutionary, defying traditional authority, inverting accepted values and spurning convention’s dreary ways. In his New York debut, Emerson delivers a characterization of nuance trilas power, commanding attention from his audience with a self-assurance that Wilde himself would envy.

It was just a strange feeling, I guess. Masterson, a native of Houston, [ Apr 18, Valerie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wilde emerges as a man who doesn’t feel guilty of public crimes but of private ones.

In the third and decisive trial, Wilde was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment at hard labor. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.