Saturday, August 3, 2013


Lord Windermere finds the fan in his friend's boudoir!

The imaginative Chalk Rep company is known for presenting plays in unconventional spaces around Los Angeles County. For Oscar Wilde’s comedy of manners, they have chosen the lawns and courtyards of UCLA's William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in historic West Adams. As the scenes change, the audience moves from one elegant atmosphere to an even more dazzling one, as if on a set designed by a Victorian genius. How delightful to find Wilde’s romantic play being performed in a setting as beautiful as the play is witty.

Lord & Lady Windermere & the 3rd Man
Lady Windermere is looking forward to her coming-of-age birthday ball when she learns of her husband's infidelity. A mystery woman has him in thrall and suddenly her exquisite fan, that she thought a loving gift from a doting husband, becomes a weapon to strike a rival. However, the other woman has a secret past that draws Lady Windermere into a whirlpool of indiscretion that almost destroys her life. Then, in a sophisticated series of Wildean complications, we are finally blessed with a happy and satisfying ending.

A Gentlemen's Club?
Clever director Jennifer Chang brings new life to a classic with excellent performances by her non-traditional cast. Plaudits to Amielynn Abellera as naïve Lady Windermere, Owiso Odera as dignified Lord Windermere, Brian Slaten as romantic Lord Darlington, Tess Lina as vivacious Mrs. Erlynne, Peter Wylie as smitten Lord Augustus, Teri Reeves as gossipy Duchess of Berwick, Amin El Gamal as Dumby, Feodor Chin as Cecil Graham, Scott Keiji Takeda as Mr. Hopper, Allie Jennings as Lady Agatha, George Wyhinny as Parker the genial Butler, and Amalia Fite as a surly Maid and a Lady at the Ball.

Costumes by Halei Parker, set & props by Art Betanzos, and lighting by Rebecca Bonebrake subtly enhance the elegance of this past era.

A Chalk Repertory Theatre production at The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, 2520 Cimarron St. (at Adams Blvd), Los Angeles. Weekends through August.
Tickets at or 323-379-9583.

Photos by Shari Barrett

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