Friday, September 26, 2008

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Lifeline Theatre) – 9/26/08

"The Picture of Dorian Gray" is one of the better offerings I have experienced at Lifeline, which specializes in stage adaptations of literary works. Unlike Matthew Bourne's dance adaptation which I recently caught in London, this version does not attempt any radical reinterpretation of the novel. What I appreciated about Lifeline's "Dorian" was its intense focus on the characters and their internal lives and relationships with each other. I've found that in the past Lifeline has focused its powers on how to efficiently stage plot development, to the detriment of breathing life into its characters, which is not the case here. This is a handsomely designed, perfectly paced, smartly acted production.

Rating: *** (out of *****)

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