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on 2 December 2013
The brilliance of Wilde's play lies in the contrast between the prim, English manners of the characters, especially the female ones, and the absurd things those characters say. The more unsubtly haughty those characters are, the starker the contrast, and the funnier the result.
The people behind this production did not understand that. Rather than go over the top with Victorian stuffiness as they should have done, they went for a modern, sexy edginess that dulled the contrast and killed laughs. They tried, foolishly, to supplement Wilde's wit with their own.
The actors, moreover, delivered their lines with too little panache. They under-acted in a play that cries out for over-acting.