|Marc LeVasseur as Oscar Wilde|
The Lantern Theater, located in St. Stephen’s Church, 10th and Ludlow Streets, is presenting the world premiere of Oscar Wilde: From The Depths through February 14, 2016. A letter Oscar Wilde wrote in prison to his lover inspired Lantern’s own artistic director Charles McMahon to write this piece. It is the tale of Oscar Wilde (Marc LeVasseur), who was one of the most talented, celebrated and beloved 19th century literary giants of his time. Incredibly he was swept to ruin and did nothing to prevent the devastation. Not heeding warnings, perhaps because he felt above them and was so sure of public support, Wilde instituted a libel suit against a member of the gentry (who was also his lover’s father). This backfired into a two year prison term in which Wilde was vilified and tortured. In an effort to keep his sanity and his feelings of self-worth, he evoked memories of the past few years. LeVasseur gives a fine performance of the complex character of Oscar Wilde, whether he is living the good life or languishing in prison. David Bardeen and Jered McLenigan are excellent as they play myriad roles from jail keepers to aristocracy. For more information or tickets to this provocative play, call 215-829-0395 or visit online at LanternTheatrer.org.