I'd generally give this production a 3: most of the cast was excellent at Brighton, I could just about forgive Kate O'Mara for not being the 38 years old the character claims to be, and Josephine Tewson displayed mastery of comic timing and delivery.
But having seen more than my fair share of plays it seems fair to note that Oliver Tobias turned in one of the worst performances I have ever seen on stage. It was so embarrassing, the delivery of lines so wooden, that I wanted to jump on stage and offer to do better. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
16 Apr 02
Kate O'Mara is in fine form, but I was singularly unimpressed by Oliver Tobias' less than one-dimensional performance, and thought he seemed the worse for drink. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
10 Apr 02
I expected to be disappointed by Kate O'Mara but thought she and the rest of the cast, with one notable exception, competed very well with the staging - although somebody ought to bone up on the rules of billiards, if they insist on 'playing' on stage!
The disappointment of the piece was Oliver Tobias who was either unwell on the night I saw the play at Guildford or is successfully taking a course on how to act wooden and one-paced.
It is also difficult to escape the conclusion that the main plank of the plot - the delivering an raising of an illigitimate child - no longer has the risque overtones that it had in the 1890s and this dilutes the play's central theme. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
03 Mar 02
Lovely to look at but impossible to take seriously. The reason why this play is Wilde's most rarely performed comedy is obvious - it's LUDICROUSLY melodromatic! And Kate O'Mara should have known better than to accept the role of a woman who cannot be a day older than 40... - USER: Whatsonstage.com
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