Cross casting gave us Marla McLean as the young innocent this time, instead of the jaded sophisticate of Enchanted April and Tara Rosling as the bad woman instead of the good one. The contrast added a note of fun to the play that Wilde could not have counted on when he wrote it.
The play seems dated in its subject matter and social criticism, as so much of Wilde does. Once again, you find yourself enjoying the performances of a hugely talented cast, directed by Peter Hinton. He allowed the actors to speak, although I found the production a bit too stilted. Wilde writes witty plays of ideas, but this one is a very slight idea indeed.
Overall though, it was worth seeing.The sets and costumes were fabulous and the cast was marvellous. Corrine Koslo has a wonderful part as the Duchess of Berwick and Jim Mezon chews up the scenery as Lord Augustus Lorton.