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‘An Ideal Husband’ opens at Taproot on Sept. 23

Taproot Theatre in Greenwood ends its regular 2011 season with “An Ideal Husband,” opening Friday, Sept. 23.

Candace Vance, Anne Kennedy, Ryan Childers, and Aaron Lamb in “An Ideal Husband.” Photo by Erik Stuhaug, Taproot Theatre.

Dandies and diamonds swirl in and out of this comedic classic. Sir Chiltern appears to be the ideal husband, until a choice from early in his career comes back to haunt him. Can he be restored to his adoring wife or will the truth be everyone’s undoing? This smart satire sparkles with wit and romance.
Although perhaps lesser known than Wilde’s beloved The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband captures all of his wit and sparkle. Wilde was an Irish writer and poet, and one of the great playwrights of the Victorian era. He is known for his short stories, his one novel—The Picture of Dorian Gray—and a number of plays including An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest, Lady Windermere’s Fan and A Woman of No Importance.
An Ideal Husband premiered at the Haymarket Theatre in January 1895 and ran for 124 performances. In addition to being produced countless times at theatres around the world, it has also been adapted for television, radio and film, including the 1999 film starring Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett and Rupert Everett.

“An Ideal Husband” runs Sept. 23-Oct. 22, with previews on Sept. 21-22. Taproot Theatre is at 204 N. 85th St.