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As I contemplate going to see Salome at the Santa Fe Opera this morning I thought it would be nice to review the play that started it all, Oscar Wilde's Salome.
I'm not sure that our age is capable of the genius he shows in this writing. Oh he takes liberties with the story for sure, but wow! The story line is incredible, the understanding that Oscar Wilde had of the scriptures and the culture of antiquity that allowed him to take the liberties he did is truly astounding. Tell you the truth, my previous knowledge of Oscar Wilde consisted of anecdotes and some smart epitaph on a tombstone. Listening to this makes me want to read and hear more of his work.
I also have to say that the LATW did a wonderful job. I only wish I had been there to see it on stage. The audio was great and opened up my imagination. Exquisite work!
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Even as an Oscar Wilde fan, I've found it hard to find productions or even printed copies of Salome - it seems it's not nearly as popular as Wilde's comedies, though it is a much more complex and mature work. I loved the play, and this production....I hope one day to see it performed on stage. LA Theatreworks always put together great radio productions, and this one is no exception.
I also liked the interview afterwards (approx 15 minutes) regarding Wilde and the situations surrounding the creation and production of Salome.
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