Wonderful evening – we all went to the 7:30 performance of Oscar Wilde’s 1895 comedic stage play, An Ideal Husband, which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honor (many of the themes were influenced by the situations in which Oscar Wilde found himself during the early 1890s). Together with The Importance of Being Earnest, it is often considered Wilde’s dramatic masterpiece – we loved it.
We were all pretty tired this evening. We’ve had two full days of learning, thinking, researching, contextualizing, and immersing ourselves in multiple cultural excursions and learning opportunities. Although there were yawns and a few bobbing heads now and then (the jet lag will be gone in the next few days), we had a great time and enjoyed the play and the theatre environment. The Gate Theatre is a beautiful place – we had amazing 3rd row seats, a great vantage point from which to really see the magnificent sets and gorgeous costumes by Peter O’Brien.