Marla McLean (photo by Emily Cooper)
But look up at the stars
by Dave Ross
some strange decisions have been made in this productionCostumes by William Schmuck are appropriately lush, with gowns and morning coats abundant. Sets by Teresa Przybylski are well-matched to Schmuck’s costumes, managing to be appropriately elegant and yet also spartan simultaneously, and never intrusive. The sound design by Richard Feren is similarly unobtrusive, with some exception I will discuss shortly. Direction by Peter Hinton is smooth, elegant and uniquely cinematic in places, particularly the first act. However, some strange decisions have been made in this production. Everything about the design is period-specific, except the music. This is exceptionally puzzling. We open with a Rufus Wainwright song, are treated to some 1970s psychedelic rock, a baroque vocal piece, and close (appallingly) with a curtain call to Katy Perry’s “Firework.” A set that involves a fireplace uses a painfully obvious flat panel television in place of simulated flames. These decisions seem to have been made simply because they could be made. They don’t serve to contribute anything to the narrative or production, and I can only assume they could possibly be an attempt to tie in Wilde’s commentary to our current century. If anything, their presence confuses, and occludes any motivation that the director may be trying to indicate.
2 hours 20 minutes with one intermission