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Publisher's Summary

A tender love story, a serpentine villainess, a glittering setting in London society, and a showering of Wildean witticism are only a few of the reasons why this play has enjoyed hugely successful revivals in London, in New York, and on the silver screen. This 1895 drama is eerily prescient, as it examines the plight of a promising politician, desperate to hide a secret in his past. With empathy and wit, Oscar Wilde explores the pitfalls of holding public figures to higher standards than the rest of us.
(P)2006 L.A. Theatre Works
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By Kelly on 01-27-17

a Wildely Wicked and WItty Play

I enjoyed listening to this play very much. I think I will now read the play though as this version was definitely more of a performance than a narration. As much as I love the theater I love reading more so I want to now read this one. The cast was wonderful! There was so much depth to the performances and the actors did a great job bringing out Wilde's clever and witty humor.

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By Caitlín Mitchell on 01-29-11

Almost perfect

An Ideal Husband is my favorite of Wilde's works, and I chose to listen to this version specifically because it was presented as an audio version of the play. And were it not for Yeardley Smith as Mabel, I would have given this 5 stars. Unfortunately, I had a rather nails-on-the-chalkboard reaction to Yeardley Smith's voice. That's what I get for not listening to the sample, I suppose. I'll probably listen to An Ideal Husband again, but not this version of it.

This recording is a performance featuring Rosalind Ayres, Jacqueline Bisset, Paul Gutrecht, Martin Jarvis, Robert Machray, Miriam Margolyes, Alfred Molina, Jim Norton and Yeardley Smith.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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