by Oscar Wilde
One of the main reasons why I love Oscar Wilde’s hilarious plays is the silly dialogue. The characters say such idiotic things, and it always makes me laugh. Almost the entire first act is fluff and character introductions, but it is such entertaining fluff that I didn’t mind. Of course, the social commentary is an undercurrent that lies under every scene, exposing the rich elite as vapid, immoral, and selfish.
I really enjoyed the plot in this one, and the conflict that Gerald and his mother experience keeps the story moving forward. The last act gets more serious, and the drama is quite passionate.
I was intrigued by the main characters, and appreciated the gradual unveiling of their personalities. I was imagining their dialogue in my head as I read it, wondering how they would say the lines, and what their expression and body language would be. They are extremely vivid and lively even on paper!