Theater

Run Extended for Oscar Wilde Play at Taproot Theatre

An Ideal Husband now closes October 29.

By Laura Dannen October 12, 2011

Photo courtesy Erik Stuhaug.

Sir Robert’s younger sister Mabel (Anne Kennedy Brady) and Lord Goring (Aaron Lamb) flirt like fiends in An Ideal Husband.

Looks like Taproot picked a good one. The Greenwood theater has extended its run of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband for an extra week, through October 29, and added a matinee performance on Tuesday, October 18, at 2pm.

Though it’s no Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde’s earlier comedy takes a pithy swipe at the Victorian elite—lords and ladies who love nothing more than to blackmail in the parlor room. At its center is Sir Robert Chiltern (Ryan Childers), a politician and loving husband who seems to have it all, until a party guest threatens to ruin him with a secret from his past. Wilde packed his own secrets that threatened to topple him from the social ladder—namely, his homosexuality—but this show debuted just prior to Earnest, when the playwright was still on the rise.

It seems the century-old farce can charm modern critics as well. The Seattle Times’ Misha Berson writes: “With stylish verve, and a sublime comic turn by Aaron Lamb as a contrarian slacker with reserves of sensitivity, Karen Lund’s staging unpacks a scintillating farce about men and women, marriage and politics, blackmail and ethics.”

Tickets are $20–$35 at taproottheatre.org.

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