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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Oscar Wilde does Actor's Express, Jersey Shore

THERE IS ONLY ONE THING IN THE WORLD WORSE THAN BEING WITTY: Christopher Corporandy and Freddie Ashley
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  • THERE IS ONLY ONE THING IN THE WORLD WORSE THAN BEING WITTY: Christopher Corporandy and Freddie Ashley
Actor's Express begins previews tonight for The Judas Kiss, David Hare's drama about Oscar Wilde, played by Freddie Ashley. One of England's most celebrated playwrights, Hare focuses not on Wilde's stature as one of the English language's wittiest humans, but on how relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas (Clifton Guterman) may have destroyed Wilde's career and personal life. So expect powerhouse drama but not sparkling one-liners from the play, directed by David Crowe and running May 12-June 11.

For an incongruously contemporary take on Wilde, Playbill produced a series of droll shorts, "Jersey Shore Transcripts in the Style of Oscar Wilde," performed by the Roundabout Theatre Company's Santino Fontana and David Furr, who play Algernon Moncrieff and John Worthing, respectively, in Broadway's The Importance of Being Earnest. The five-part series debuted April 18-22.

Monty Python did a pretty amusing take on Wilde (the late Graham Chapman) and his peers' epigrammatical oneupsmanship:

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