Center stage
Lesser-known Wilde play gets another look

Star-Telegram Staff Writer

In 1893, after Oscar Wilde's play Lady Windermere's Fan had made its New York premiere, the well-respected writer would criticize the American reviewers who didn't care for the play.

"The newspapers seemed to me not to understand the form or spirit of the work," he later wrote to a friend, "and some of the criticisms sent to me seem to me unnecessarily vulgar, even for newspapers. . . . But the critics are of no importance. They lack instinct."

More than a century later, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who could deny Wilde's fantastic grasp of language and comedy.

Lady Windermere's Fan isn't as oft-produced as An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest are, but it's a work that deserves recognition.

Thanks to Rover Dramawerks, a Dallas company dedicated to producing lesser-known works by established playwrights, maybe it will get that recognition.

Lady Windermere is a woman convinced that her husband is cheating on her, but she finds a larger discovery about her husband's supposed mistress. The fact that it all unfolds with Wilde's witty language and mastery of character is the only recommendation needed.

Lady Windermere's Fan

Thursday through Feb. 1

ArtCentre Theatre, Plano

(214) 796-9246