Theater: Oscar on Oscar


Oscar Wilde played Oscar Wilde all his life. From his glittering triumphs to the depths of disgrace and adversity, he relished the role above that of any of the characters he created in fiction or for the stage. By the accounts of people who met him, Oscar Wilde's Oscar Wilde was incomparable, and no one else could ever hope to equal his performance.

Granted that initial handicap, Vincent Price as a second-best Wilde is witty, debonairly outrageous and occasionally moving. The format of his one-man show is somewhat constricting and deliberately artificial. John Gay, who devised...

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