arrow_downarrow_leftarrow_rightarrow_upbookmarkArtboard 6bubbleicon_arrow_lefticon_birdicon_calicon_facebookicon_mailicon_searchicon_twittericon_websiteicon-emailicon-facebookicon-ldicon-twitterArtboard 6review_countsigthumbs_downthumbs_uptop_allArtboard 6top_yearw-negw-nonew-nutw-pos
Oscar Wilde's

An Ideal Husband

May 10th - October 27thAvon TheatreTicket Info
Generally Positive Reviews based on 9 Critics
  • top 82% of shows in the 2018 season
9 Reviews

Traditional arts journalism is in decline. Now more than ever, this independent website and our podcast fill a growing void. We've had over 1.5 million page views, and are grateful that you are here. We rely on readers — and a handful of advertisers who share our values — to make our work possible. When we raised funds for our podcast, The "Performers Podcast," the average donation from people like you was $96. Now we hope you’ll join us in augmenting our coverage of arts in the region by making a one-time donation today.

Founder Stratford Festival Reviews
Donate Now
This is a listing for the 2018 season. For the current 2023 shows click here.

Entertain This Thought - Mary Alderson

Searching for an honest politician

“In the midst of strange political times, we are reminded by Oscar Wilde that there is no such thing as an honest politician…

The play is typical Oscar Wilde: satiric humour and plenty of laughs, mixed with a message. It almost turns into a farce with slamming doors and mistaken identities, but is saved with its clever dialogue and interesting characters.”

Read Full Review06/04/2018

London Fuse - James Stewart Reaney

Get thee to An Ideal Husband

“The occasional chuckles of the “first” play turn into laugh after laugh in the post-intermission hilarity (actually acts three and four in the Wilde work)…

Get thee to An Ideal Husband: if you love witty lines delivered deftly or sumptuous sets and earnest Brit drama with Victorian costumes and ace drollery.”

Read Full Review06/11/2018

On Stage Blog - Joseph Szekeres

Secrets and indiscretions

“Underneath this pretty and shiny veneer of Victorian England, director Lezlie Wade digs further into the context and subtext of Wilde’s play.

The Director’s Note states, “The making of ‘ideal’ men and women is as unrealistic as it is dangerous…while the past may be sufficiently buried, neither husband nor wife emerges unscarred.” I’d like to add that no one remains unscarred in An Ideal Husband, and this fine cast captures this stark reality.”

Read Full Review06/07/2018

James Wegg Review - James Wegg

More, please!

“Designer Douglas Paraschuk captured this opulent era of the privileged (1895) with large-linked sets which didn’t stint on details (notably the Master’s portrait) even as Diana Coatsworth’s choreographed scene changes rightfully drew admiring applause just as the fly tower readily devoured the main courses.”

Read Full Review06/02/2018

The Toronto Star - Carly Maga

Idealism, and our dandyism

“Wade delivers a singing comedy, one that leans into Wilde’s renowned ripostes, making room for them even in the script’s dourer moments. …The audience broke out into applause twice during the opening performance of Lezlie Wade’s production of An Ideal Husband, Oscar Wilde’s 1889 comedy about hypocritical moralities in high-society London. Both were for scene transitions.”

Read Full Review06/02/2018

Stage Door - Christopher Hoile

Don't force the funny

“Where Stratford’s current production fails is in not looking deeply enough into the characters of Lord Goring and Mrs. Cheveley. Director Lezlie Wade falls into the common trap in directing one of Wilde’s non-Earnest plays of trying to make the entire comic like Earnest even though it obviously is not… the director should not try to force the whole work into Earnest mode but allow it to be its own play, fascinated with the various personae that people project and the secrets that lie behind them.”

Read Full Review06/01/2018

The Stratford Beacon Herald - Steve Rice

Hysterically funny

“Joseph Ziegler as the Earl of Caversham has some great moments on stage with Lord Goring, his son, often eliciting laughter merely with a puzzled expression or sideways glance…The costumes by designer Patrick Clark are stunning and the sets by Douglas Paraschuk grand, with many moving parts. It’s an ideal fit for the Avon Theatre stage.”

Read Full Review06/01/2018

Capital Critics' Circle - Jamie Portman

Bahareh Yaraghi's seductive villainy

“The Stratford Festival’s new production comes only days after a high-gloss revival in London’s West End opened to rave reviews…One prize asset in Stratford’s new production is the seductive display of villainy provided by actress Bahareh Yaraghi in the role of a resourceful blackmailer named Mrs. Cheveley. A second major virtue of this revival is Brad Hodder’s portrayal of Lord Goring,”

Read Full Review06/01/2018

The Globe and Mail - J. Kelly Nestruck

Look beneath the surface of the play

“As Lord Goring, Brad Hodder inexplicably speaks a few decibels louder than the rest of the cast – but he makes his character’s stream of one-liners and physical flourishes very enjoyable. He’s at his funniest opposite a deliciously deadpan Joseph Ziegler as the Lord’s utterly uncharmed father”

Read Full Review06/01/2018

No Matches for Reviews

Share This Post:

Share This Tweet This Email This