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A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE at Sacred Fools Theatre



Pauline Adamek  – Stage Raw

Oscar Wilde’s satire of English upper-class society has solemn and feminist undertones to it, making a precursor of the “dramedy of manners.” After all, it was first performed in 1893 at London’s Haymarket Theatre. The titular “Woman of No Importance” turns out to be a survivalist who suffered scandal, estrangement from her father (and his fortune) and single motherhood in an age where that route caused irreparable damage to one’s reputation, and social ostracism. Read more…



Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Sacred Fools is famous for mounting edgy adventuresome productions. Every so often they take a shot at one of the classics: Richard III a couple of years ago, and now A Woman of No Importance, a drawing room comedy by Oscar Wilde concerned with gender roles and the sexual double standard. Read more…

Now running through December 20.



Photo by Craig Schwartz

David C. Nichols – LA Times

The unparalleled sardonic wit of Oscar Wilde sustains “The Importance of Being Earnest” at A Noise Within, where it will doubtless be a crowd-pleasing hit, despite (or because of) its distinct idiosyncrasies, and therein hangs a conundrum. Read more…

Now running through Nov.22.


Photo by Silvia Spross

Photo by Silvia Spross

Neal Weaver  – ArtsInLA

Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray has exerted a powerful fascination for both the general public and later generations of artists, ever since it was written in 1890. Its publication was controversial, and, even in a heavily censored version, it was widely condemned on moral grounds. But scandal has never been an impediment to success. Read more…

Sharon Perlmutter  -  Talkin’ Broadway

I have seen several attempts to put The Picture of Dorian Gray on stage. Be it play, musical, or dance, people keep trying to dramatize the piece, sensing its inherent theatricality. And while each of these attempts has had something to recommend it, none of them have ever actually gotten it right, and the productions have had no further life. Regrettably, DOMA Theatre Company’s Dorian’s Descent is another such flawed attempt, which will, I expect, similarly live on only in memory.

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Now running through June 23.


AN IDEAL HUSBAND at the Sierra Madre Playhouse


Photo by Geoffrey Wade

Deborah Klugman – ArtsBeatLA

Oscar Wilde is famous for his sparkling wit, but there’s not much spark to this humdrum production of An Ideal Husband, Wilde’s moral-minded comedy about a prominent public figure facing a choice between sacrificing his principles or destroying his career. Read more…

Now running through February 23.