Oscar Wilde Revisited
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I can't really say what made me pick up the play and reread it, but I'm really glad I did.
Lovely, Witty, Sparkling
The plot of this lovely and funny play is a bit too complicated for me to condense into a few sentences; but it revolves around mistaken identities, imaginary brothers, and a couple of women who are obsessed with men named "Ernest." Gwendolyn Fairfax, Cecily Cardew, John Worthing, and Algernon Moncrieff are the people around whom the plot revolves; and filling out this wonderful cast of characters are a hilariously stuffy, filthily rich mother, a reverend, a nurse, and a couple others. Wilde's sparkling and witty dialogue guides his complicated plot along easily and gracefully, so that even while giggling helplessly over the various jokes and jibes woven into these characters' lines, we still keep hold of who everyone is and what they are doing. And, like most good dramas, the end is a complete surprise. With a few happy coincidences, revelations, and happenstances, the loose ends fall naturally and easily into place; and all is well.
I can't really say what made me pick up the play and reread it, but I'm really glad I did. This delightfully light story turned my funny mood into a much better one by the time I was done, and it reacquainted me with a play I'm glad to have re-remembered. I love Shakespeare very much, but let's not forget the other wonderful classics the world has to offer. I certainly intend to remember them. Maybe next time I'll read The Bacchae or something.
Shawn Palmer, : Shawn Palmer, a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Connecticut College, is an actor, writer, and singer. While at school she was a frequent soloist with the Connecticut College Orchestra and understudied several roles with the Connecticut Lyric Opera. She also studied away at the British American Drama Academy during her junior year. Acting credits include Catherine (Proof) and Lucia (Mad Forest). In college she worked as a writing tutor, and her play Amontillado (based on Edgar Allan Poe's short... (more...)