Monday, 19 November 2012

Theatre play review: "Picture of Dorian Gray" (2012)





Those who know me will not be surprised by my choice to see this remarkable novel of my favorite writer: Oscar Wilde at the old Abbey Theatre in Dublin city centre. It's not easy to represent this novel as a theatre play, so much to tell and to portray in only a couple of hours but they managed to do that in a superb way. The desire to be beautiful and young forever will become true. Only the painting of Dorian Gray will age and show all the sins of Gray's goal to leave only for pleasure at any cost under the influence of Lord Henry. Best performances for me , British actor Tom Canton playing Dorian Gray & Jasper's Britton magnificent interpretation of Lord Henry ( it's unbelievable how he portrays the different stages of aging). They said the most intelligent lines of the book, words of thoughts of the true way of thinking of  Oscar Wilde, a man ahead of his time who will be misunderstood. Some of the best quotes are in this novel, just to have the pleasure to see Dorian Gray becoming alive on stage expressing such wise timeless words, makes it all worth it! I don't want to give you many more details so that you go and see it , if you get the chance. What? You have not seen or read any of Oscar Wilde's work!!?!! It will change your life , a small representation of some of the remarkable lines of Dorian Gray:

"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful." 
There's no shame in pleasure. Man just wants to be happy. But society wants him to be good. And when he's good, he's rarely happy. But when he's happy, he's always good. 
  
I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.

I never talk during music--at least, during good music. If one hears bad music, it is one's duty to drown it in conversation.

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.


We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities...




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