And, of course, having just finished a production--we go out to a play! We got tickets for the Milwaukee Rep production of "Lady Windermere's Fan," by Oscar Wilde, which we were very pleased with. We had read "An Ideal Husband" for our Bardic gathering recently, which was a great deal of fun, and so Wilde was in mind. Milwaukee Repetory Theatre is the city's premire theatre company and it showed in this sumptously mounted and costumed production. Deborah Staples was very fine in the vital role of Mrs. Erlynne, and Chaon Cross equally so as Lady Windermere. These two ladies, the sadder but wiser one, and the painfully naive one, carry the play with most of the supporting roles being caricatures of social species common to Wilde's time. This was Wilde's first theatrical success, and laid out themes that he would follow in other plays, such as "An Ideal Husband," notably the corrosive effects of secrecy and the sheer destructive capabilty of ignorant self-righteousness. I applaud Wilde genius and audacity in bringing about a "happy" ending for all, and without the revelation scene that seems so inevitable. Everyone performed well, but the other performance particularly worth mentioning was Ted Deasy as Lord Darlington. When reding the play it was easy to see Darlington as a mere seducer, espcially given his remarks about his own wickedness, and his opportunism. Deasy, however, made it possible to believe that the character really did love Lady Windermere--at least for the moment.
This production continues through May 15. Highly recommended.