LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN
BY OSCAR WILDE
Lady Windermere’s Fan, written in 1892, is a comedy that tells the story of Lady Windermere’s coming of age. The young, uncompromising moralist learns that her husband is having an affair with one Mrs. Erlynne, a disreputable woman recently arrived in London. What follows is a thorough and witty exploration of “morality” in society – rampant hypocrisy, dangerous presumptions based on appearances, the place of marriage – and asks whether some secrets are best kept, or if the truth should be revealed. Wilde’s play challenges the norms of society, questioning which traditional views still hold true, and which are merely opinion. Elements Theatre Company placed this production in the 1920s, with period costume design elements including the daring dress fashions, chic bobbed hair, and bee-sting lips – signature statements that helped mark the era.
“An enjoyable evening of smart, witty theater...” Barnstable Patriot
“A rip roaring version of one of Wilde’s most brilliantly written plays...” Cape Cod Times