Special to the PRESS
An iconic celebrity from Victorian London comes to life this week on stage in South Padre Island. The El Paseo Arts Foundation is bringing back William Strong in his new one-man show as Oscar Wilde.
Anyone who saw Strong’s previous brilliant appearance here as Mark Twain, will need no urging to see this one. But it is even more tantalizing to think of revisiting the turbulent and volatile life of one of England’s most witty and penetrating commentators on Victorian values, which he pillories for their absurdities.
Wilde’s plays and novels are brimful of biting social criticism and clever word play, yet his life is darkened with the tragedy of being persecuted for his sexuality. It brings his story to an end with a chapter of scandal and intrigue. It also gives rise to his most poignant writing. But his life and work remain a remarkable gift to literature and hilarious insights into Victorian norms. Over the century since his death, his reputation as a figure that stood for art, an original thinker, a great writer and a great man has emerged.
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