Watching the virtual theatrical production of “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” I wondered if anyone involved in the show had ever read the novel. Director Tamara Harvey and writer Henry Filloux-Bennett profoundly fail to understand one of the greatest novels ever written, butchering the characters’ arcs and themes to create a convoluted, confusing product.
“The Picture of Dorian Gray” is a co-production between five theater companies across England and Wales: Barn Theatre, Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield, New Wolsey Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, and Theatr Clwyd. Audiences of the prerecorded production receive a link that provides access to the play for 48 hours. Tickets are available online through April 17, but I’d advise skipping this one if you value competent storytelling or have any affection for Oscar Wilde’s novel.
The play has an intriguing concept, taking Wilde’s story of a man overwhelmed with his own youth and beauty and transposing him into the image-obsessed world of social media. However, the intriguing