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The Judas Kiss
The Judas Kiss

The Judas Kiss
Boston Court Performing Arts Center
Thru - Mar 24, 2019

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Boston Court Performing Arts Center

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Los Angeles Times- Somewhat Recommended

"...The problem of this production - if it can be said to be a problem - is that Nagle gives such a towering performance that he threatens to dwarf all those in his orbit. A fixture on local stages, Nagle is known for thoughtful portrayals - but seems like the role he was born to play. Full of bluster, bravado and pathos, his Wilde is nature's gentleman and fortune's fool, putting his authentic self on display in defiance of his time. In a performance not to be missed, Nagle shows us the internalized anguish behind Wilde's deceptive passivity - the thwarted brilliance and loss behind his valiant savoir-faire."
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F. Kathleen Foley

Broadway World- Highly Recommended

"...Boston Court Pasadena's artistic director Michael Michetti assuredly directs his pitch-perfect cast in DEEE-livering the whip-smart words of David Hare's THE JUDAS KISS in a smooth, non-stop, totally involving pace. Hare takes two defining incidents in infamous playwright Oscar Wilde's life (the time leading to Wilde's arrest for gross indecency, and the aftermath of his two-year prison sentence), and tries to make sense of the troubling situations."
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Gil Kaan

Stage and Cinema- Somewhat Recommended

"...Ironically missing from the play, even with the use of Wilde's staggeringly clever bons mots, is humor. It's odd that with a script that parades a daunting sum of compacted ripostes and aphoristic skill, everything is so damned serious and solemn. There are plenty of amusing lines, but we have more of Wilde's aversion to the narrow models of Victorian British upper-class behavior and less humor about it. While his situation here is far from the tenuous duplicity in The Importance of Being Earnest, Judas Kiss suffers from a shocking lack of - quoting his friend George Bernard Shaw - Wilde's "irrepressibly witty personality." We could have used wittier direction to balance the often-dreary situations."
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Tony Frankel

Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended

"...What he did for love. What he sacrificed for love. What he suffered for love. Playwright David Hare asks audiences to ponder whether Oscar Wilde's unconditional devotion to Lord Alfred Douglas was worth the years of pain he endured in The Judas Kiss, the powerful, provocative latest from The Theatre @ Boston Court."
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Steven Stanley

Stage Raw- Highly Recommended

"...Hare's play is an incisive character study and features some lovely writing; it's especially interesting in that it's sympathetic to Wilde's choice, or at least to his right to make it. My one cavil is that the play itself is sometimes talky and repetitive and might work better with some pruning. But overall this is a smart, moving production which gives the complexities of this historical tragedy their due. If this story intrigues you, I'd encourage you to check it out."
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Terry Morgan