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Review: Idaho Shakespeare Festival skillfully produces ‘An Ideal Husband’

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Published 07/19/10

David Anthony Smith*, Laura Perrotta*, An Ideal Husband (2010) Photo by DKM Photography *Member Actors’ Equity

You’d think something would have changed in the 115 years since Oscar Wilde penned “An Ideal Husband,” but sadly no. Politics is still corrupt; men and women still hold each other to impossible standards; and social pressure is always a great motivator.

And no one captures it as well as Wilde does in what is one of his sharpest plays, which opened at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival Saturday.

Director Sari Ketter’s deftly crafted production places Wilde’s comedy against Nayna Ramey’s minimalist set of simple stairs and platforms, carved round-backed chairs and a few tables, moved about by a fleet of butlers.

Jason Resler’s period costumes are lush and elegant, with men’s long coats, beautiful ladies hats and a delightful variety of wigs. One lovely detail is the backs of the butlers’ coats, decorated by a plethora of bright, gold buttons.  Read more