Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. by Moisés Kaufman. Directed by Veronica Haakonsen. November , Chelsea Theatre Works. Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. Transforming century-old court transcripts, newspaper accounts, various letters and. A Play by Moises Kaufman. I like to say that Oscar Wilde was the first performance artist. He was a man who chose to live his life with passion. And in trying to.

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Not to say it’s repetitive, but it’s interesting to see how Kaufman visualizes and synthesizes in similar fashions. Thank you, Moises Kaufman.

Kaufman does a great job with this collage of voices from different sources, and of course, Oscar Wilde himself is so wonderfully lyrical and artistic, and this comes through beautifully in his lines. While obviously a dramatic fictionalized piece, it was quite useful in that it told me what I needed to know about the proceedings of a court, and about the late 19th century. In the third and decisive trial, Wilde was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment at hard labor.

Apparently Michael Emerson starred in this show and I need to see that immediately.

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Moisés Kaufman

The documentary element is fascinating and I hope this trend in theatre continues. You can practically hear the “Dun dun” after the prologue. I like to oof that Oscar Wilde was the first performance artist. Wilde’s past is, in every sense of the word, interesting. Kaufman’s play make it evident that Wilde’s writings were as much on trial as the man’s conduct.


If you only know him as the lighthearted, flamboyant comic who made a name for himself with such plays as “The Oscsr of Being Earnest” then read this play. That it should be so the world does not understand.

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

Gross Indecency manages to turn relatively familiar material–the trials and imprisonment of Wilde on charges of sodomy and pederasty–into a damning indictment of the way that government tries to regulate our private lives In Gross Indecency playwright and director Moises Kaufman has dramatized [Wilde’s] fall with the sort of rapier stylization that Wilde himself would have admired Nov 27, Reem Sahlol rated it it was amazing. Wilde sues Queensberry for libel, the tide turning against Wilde mid-trial as Queensberry presents convincing evidence that his accusation is indeed trils.

Accessible, I’d call it, which isn’t a bad thing. I should like to see it on stage someday. David Richards, Washington Post. You will be redirected back to your article in seconds. Still, many happy memories from doing lights for this play at a small community theater caused me to pick it up again, and I’m glad I did.

Lists with This Book. With the right actor playing Wilde this could be amazing theater. You can practically hear the “Dun dun” after I like this project ozcar Kaufman infinitely better than The Laramie Project sorry fans. I do have the full transcripts of the trials, but I oscaf read them yet. It is a funny, moving, and informative depiction of the court cases that brought Wilde from the heights of critical and popular success to the lows of a being a convict and dying in poverty.


I feel like reading this book made me a better, more rounded person. Drawn from various sources, including the trial itself, Gross Indecency offers insight into a potential answer to this question.

Oct 15, Rae rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’ve been thinking recently that, as much as I am enjoying the deliciously summery YA fantasy novels, they aren’t really giving me useful information about living me life well.

I was in this play and it fucked me up. While Emerson is the standout, the rest of the cast holds its own, from Dawes as the petulant, flirtatious Lord Alfred and Blumenfeld as the blustery Queensberry to the terrifically versatile ensemble of Narrators.

I have known the basics of Oscar Wilde’s trials but this play of Wilde’s past just brings it to life. I was a bit distracted by Kaufman’s device of having multiple narrators reading out the citations for things being said by the characters, but I ultimately enjoyed this romantic and poetic play. Kaufman’s achievement is to make history immediate and Wilde’s dilemma plangent This is one of those plays that is SOOO much better when you experience it on stage than when you read it.

This is a dramatic rendering of the life of Wilde.