April 12, 2005 |
A California tour of "Oscar Wilde's Salome: The Reading in Concert," which would have featured Al Pacino and Marisa Tomei in a reprise of a 2003 Broadway production, has been canceled before most of it was even announced. A San Bernardino booking for April 25-27 was announced late last week, and other performances were being planned for San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Francisco and two venues in Los Angeles. But the entire tour is now off because of scheduling conflicts, the producers said.
October 23, 2004 |
Like the career of its subject, London's latest musical began in a blaze of publicity, set tongues wagging and ended, prematurely, in disgrace. Written, produced and directed by Mike Read, a radio DJ whose fame peaked in the 1980s, "Oscar Wilde" set out, according to its publicity material, to chart Wilde's "tragic descent from idolization to isolation." The script was written entirely in rhyming couplets. It opened Tuesday at the 500-seat Shaw Theatre.
March 20, 1994 |
When it was released in 1960, this timeless British film only had minor distribution and was up against the near-simultaneous "Oscar Wilde," with Robert Morley. Morley resembled Wilde more closely than Peter Finch (pictured, with Yvonne Mitchell), but Finch here is remarkable. Written and directed by Ken Hughes, this is a captivating period piece that introduces us to Wilde at the height of his fame and fortune.
October 16, 1996
"Wildeweek," a festival of free events related to Oscar Wilde, begins today at 7 p.m. with Martin Hyland's "A Wilde Hour of Vice and Virtue" at Fiesta Hall, Plummer Park, in West Hollywood. The rest of the schedule: * Thursday: "Salome," presented by Bite Ltd. at UCLA, 8 p.m. * Friday: "A Wilde Hour of Vice and Virtue," First United Methodist Church, Hollywood; "A Woman of No Importance," presented by Little Brother Sam, USC; both at 8 p.m.
May 30, 1997 |
You might not figure Oscar Wilde for the marrying kind, but "Oscar Wilde's Wife" begs to differ. Ronda Spinak's ironically titled historical drama at the Odyssey Theatre attempts to rescue from obscurity the woman who not only married the scandal-plagued homosexual aesthete but also bore him two children and remained loyal through his disgrace--at the cost of her own identity. Why?
November 12, 1993 |
When Oscar Wilde said "There is no sin except stupidity," he might well have had most dimwitted American productions of his "The Importance of Being Earnest" in mind. But the staging at A Noise Within is no ordinary Victorian froth fest. This one does the gentleman quipster proud. Co-directed by Sabin Epstein and Art Manke, this astute and well-crafted interpretation is more than up to the Glendale classical repertory company's enviable par.