The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Kip Williams. Featuring: Marg Horwell Nick Schlieper Clemence Williams David Bergman Eryn Jean Norvill Production Dramaturg: Paige Rattray Danielle Roffe Ian Michael. Sydney Theatre Company Roslyn Packer Theatre. Until January 9th. 2021 Bookings: 02 9250 1777.
Reviewed by Peter Wilkins
To say that I was blown away by Kip Williams’s production of The Picture of Dorian Gray for the Sydney Theatre Company would be an understatement. I am not given to unconstrained hyperbole but hyperboles afford the greatest accolades for Eryn Jean Norvill’s portrayals of Oscar Wilde’s enigmatic characters. For two hours traffic on the stage, Norvill intrigues, captivates, dazzles and delights her audience as she moves seamlessly from narrator to character in the telling of Oscar Wilde’s entire short story of the Adonis like youth whose corrupted Faustian desire for youthful immortality is revealed in the portrait while Dorian Gray retains the beauty of his younger years. It is a moralistic tale more clearly expressed in a contemporary mantra of “Be careful of what you wish for!”