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.
Now running through June 23.