Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. by Moisés Kaufman. Directed by Veronica Haakonsen. November , Chelsea Theatre Works. Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. Transforming century-old court transcripts, newspaper accounts, various letters and. A Play by Moises Kaufman. I like to say that Oscar Wilde was the first performance artist. He was a man who chose to live his life with passion. And in trying to.

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Masterson, a native of Houston, [ For within a year the bewildered Wilde himself was on trial for acts of “gross indecency” and, implicitly–for a vision of art that outraged Victorian propriety. If you only know him as the lighthearted, flamboyant comic who made a name for himself with such plays as “The Importance of Being Earnest” then read this play.

It’s also incredible to me that more than a century has passed since the time of these trials and we’re still grappling over what seems to me to be a basic human right to love someone of your own choosing and make a life with them.

Kaufman is of Romanian and Ukrainian Jewish descent. Opened June 5, Drawn directly from memoirs, trial minutes, and letters, it tells an intimate story of a man. But that was the source of his tragedy–that he tried to turn morality into art during an age that preferred art to be an extension of morality.

The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde today — it was totally brilliant. It’s a worthwhile read; written in the style of documentary theater. I don’t mean the quotations from things I’ve obviously already read, but the parts taken directly from the trials and sometimes personal accounts.

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Kaufman’s production has a physical simplicity. Lord Alfred married, had children, became a Catholic and a Nazi sympathizer.

Review from indeceny blog: Premier Logo Created with Sketch. Jndecency so he would have it. Political plotting has become a national pastime in Britain. This is one of those plays that is SOOO much better when you experience it on stage than when you read it. I’ll bet it’s amazing live. Apparently high school students should be sheltered from all literature that deals with subjects that should be considered taboo.

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Feb 09, Miaree rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lambda Literary Award for Drama Brilliant, a little too Brechtian for my tastes at points, but emotional triaps evocative. Also got the strange impression that I’d read this before, or at least parts of it, while I was reading. Nov 13, Tatiana rated it really liked it Shelves: Trivia About Gross Indecency: As a social commentary, it’s unforgettable, maybe even life-changing.

It’s also filled with witticisms and aphorisms indicating that Wilde was a quick and witty a speaker as he was a writer. Wilde didn’t believe in separating his erotic longings from the aesthetic side of his life.

Or should we seek redress, judging the past by present-day standards? Absolutely integral to my education as an actor. I usually have trouble reading plays I so much prefer to see them performed but that was not a problem at all with this one. Not only is the play a success as a fascinating piece of history, but also as a personal tragedy and social failure. Well worth listening to.

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New York Times Director Moises Kaufman shaped a sharply intelligent, dramatically fresh take on a subject that would seem to have been exhausted. David Richards, Washington Post There the guise of a fop with a green carnation on his lapel, Wilde was–and remains to this day–a veritable revolutionary, defying traditional authority, inverting accepted values indeccency spurning convention’s dreary ways.

Feb 04, jenice rated it really liked it Shelves: Wilde emerges as a man who doesn’t feel guilty of public crimes but of private ones.


In doing so, England’s reigning man of letters set Winner of the Lambda Literary Award In this stunning work of theater, Moises Kaufman turns the trials of Oscar Wilde into a riveting human and intellectual drama.

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Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

Overall, the play highlights the ludicrous nature of trying to legally punish people for non-conforming sexual behaviors and thus is particularly salient at this point in time. It doesn’t offer anything spectacular in terms of dialogue, plot or atmosphere, but it gets the job done.

Passing no judgement, it allows the reader or viewer to form his or her opinion of this man, who no one can deny was one of indecenncy greatest artists of the Modern Age.

Kaufman’s play make it evident that Wilde’s writings were as much on trial as the man’s conduct. In the third and decisive trial, Wilde was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment at hard labor.

I wouldn’t trade the experience I had with this show and this incredible text for anything in the world. The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde Transforming century-old court transcripts, newspaper accounts, various letters and telegrams to say nothing of epigrams into one of the most riveting and theatrical pieces of theater currently on the boards, writer-director Moises Kaufman announces himself with “Gross Indecency: I was a bit hesitant when it was described grods Brechtian, but all the styles seem to fall away once you begin reading it.

Indeed, he is his own creation, a larger-than-life dispenser of wit and insight. His courage amazes me.