The Rolls-Royce of English comedies, this entertaining and still topical play brings an act of political sin into the heart of the English home. As an ambitious government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern's smooth ascent to the top seems assured, until Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning proof of a previous financial scandal.
"An Ideal Husband" speaks in a language that remains forever fresh. Listen to it as Lord Goring, the Wilde surrogate figure, delivers this throwaway line on the fate of the unwary practitioner of politics: "A man who can't talk morally twice a week to a large, popular, immoral audience is quite over as a serious politician."
"Deliriously funny... a well-made play that satisfies for being so well made that one scarcely notices how subversive it really is."
– The New York Times
"Happily or not, rich with contemporary resonance."
"The most effervescently serious comedy Wilde ever wrote, as well as one of the funniest."
– The New York Times
Running time: 2 hours, 40 minutes (with 15 minute intermission)
AN IDEAL HUSBAND
by Oscar Wilde
directed by Andrew Cummings & Tina Plank
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Saturday November 23rd
MEET THE CAST
Sir Robert Chiltern
Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress and glittering conversational skill, Wilde was one of the most successful playwrights of late-Victorian London.
Tina Plank has been a theater educator and arts advocate for for seventeen years. A graduate of the Masters of Fine Arts program at the renowned Guthrie Theater, Tina is pleased to join the Live Oak Theater creative team.
Andrew Cummings is a recipient of the Mask and Dagger Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the UC Berkeley Department of Theater and Performance Studies. A former member of the Live Oak teaching staff (and a former Live Oak student), Andrew has served the Drama Guild since 2004.
Janell Cummings is a regular director for South Valley Civic Theater, where she recently won best director for her sold-out production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. She manages the technical aspects of the Live Oak Drama Guild and served as the director of the Nordstrom Theater Program in its heyday.