Dramaturgy: An Ideal Husband

aih-final-web-240x300I realize this is after-the-fact, but I wanted to include our thoughts on this production here, for the edification of other theaters who may want to produce this work. 

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish-born poet, novelist and playwright, best known for his daring psychological thriller/morality tale, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and his hilarious but insubstantial comedy play, The Importance of Being Earnest.
Wilde is widely acknowledged to have had a genius intellect. He spoke and read several languages and took double first class honors at Oxford (roughly equivalent to earning two simultaneous bachelor’s degrees, magna cum laude). He read widely and deeply, and loved the Classics, especially Greek literature. He also exhibited a lifelong fascination with the Catholic Church, read the Bible and St. Augustine while in jail, and requested a priest to administer Last Rites on his death bed. Continue reading

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An Ideal Husband is ideal comedy

aih-final-web-240x300An Ideal Husband (February 22 – 24 and March 1 – 3, 2019) Oscar Wilde’s warm and witty romantic comedy is the perfect antidote to our cold winter blahs! Sir Robert Chiltern is a paragon of public and private virtue, respected by his peers and adored by both his wife and his sister, Mabel. Why then does the mysterious Mrs. Cheveley want to blackmail him? Meanwhile, family friend Lord Goring politely spars with Mabel and watches Mrs. Cheveley with interest. A clever, suspenseful commentary on relationships and integrity from the author of The Importance of Being Earnest.  Rated PG for subject matter.

Introducing the cast of all for One’s February romantic comedy:

Sir Robert Chiltern, MP   Timothy Deal*
Lady Gertrude Chiltern   Corrie Taylor
Mabel Chiltern, Robert’s sister   Lydia Tomaszewski
Arthur, Lord Goring   Mason Dillon*
Lord Caversham, Arthur’s father  Dennis Nichols
Mrs. Laura Cheveley   Abbey Pfenning*
Lady Markby   Leslie Bryan*
Mason, the Chilterns’ butler  Larry Garver*
Phipps, Lord Goring’s butler  Dennis Meehan*

*denotes first appearance with afO