Saturday, February 17, 2018

Firehouse Theater Company: 2/17 – 3/17

L-R: Bradley James Gibbons and Andrew Uhlenhopp

Moises Kaufman’s “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde” follows the three real-life trials of Oscar Wilde, who, in 1895, was accused of “gross indecency with other male persons.”
     Stitched seamlessly together from court records, biographies and the famous author’s own works, Kaufman’s play provides us with a sometimes comic, and ultimately tragic evening of theatre, which is provocative and engrossing.
     The play is being performed upon a bare stage, adorned only with a few wooden straight-backed chairs and a couple of tables.
     Owen T. Niland has directed this rich,complex work with a sure hand. He’s cast some of the finest actors in town in the leading roles as well as some new faces in the supporting cast.
     Andrew Uhlenhopp (2017 Marlowe Award for Best Supporting Actor) portrays Wilde with an arrogant and witty disdain for the court, that dissolves into emotional devastation at final curtain.
     Wes Munsil is stunning in the role of the Marquess de Queensbury, the father of Lord Alfred Douglas, Wilde’s “dear boy.” Munsil gives a performance that’s loud, vulgar and aggressively unpleasant. It is, in fact, just about perfect!
     Bradley James Gibbons presents a rock-solid portrayal of Lord Alfred Douglas that is at its best in the scenes involving disagreeable arguments with his father.
     Christian Munck is most memorable for his engrossing performance of Taylor at the top of Act Three.
     Kelly Uhlenhopp turns in superb work in the role(s) of Carson and Narrator 5.
     However … some in the supporting cast find it difficult to keep up with the brilliant work of the leading actors.

     Please take what has been written above with a large block of salt. Through unusual circumstances this reviewer was present at the preview.

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Firehouse Theater Company Presents:
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
The true story of the three trials of England’s most celebrated playwright.
February 17 through March 17
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM/Sunday at 2:00 PM
$23 for Adults/$20 for Students, Seniors or Military
The John Hand Theatre
7653 E. 1st Place
Denver, CO 80230
(303) 562-3232

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