REVIEW: Lady Windermere's Fan, Southampton University Players, The Nuffield

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LADY Windermere, a young wife and mother, allows her strict principles to lead her to the brink of social suicide.

Her only hope of social (and marital) salvation lies with the mysterious Mrs Erlynne, whose scandalous relationship with Lord Windermere prompted her fatal impulse in the first place...

Louise Jones was excellent in the title role: passionate, refined, feisty yet vulnerable, her poise, mannerisms and facial expressions were spot-on, particularly during her monologues.

Jane Beesley matched her as enigmatic Mrs Erlynne, and their scenes together were beautifully poignant. Lovely cameo characters evolved among the ensemble, including Stephen Fenerty (Lord Augustus), Adam Taussik (aristocratic Dumby), Meri Mackney (droll Duchess), Andy Burrows (Aussie Hopper) and John Burrows (Butler Parker).

The Orphelia Quartet were talented musicians, although some musical choices clashed with the tone of dialogue.

Oscar Wilde’s witty observations were rather laboured at times, but this improved in Act 2, particularly with the ‘men’s club’.

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12:16am Fri 20 Jan 12

TimothyDaltonBond says...

I also think Lord Windermere's thoughtful, consistent (and at times inventive) performance helped to anchor parts of this play, and Lord Darlington did bring a distinct passion, conveying a man driven by an unattainable ideal ("our souls together"). The set was simple but effective, the lighting very good. I did not like the short "funny" man with the beard.
I also think Lord Windermere's thoughtful, consistent (and at times inventive) performance helped to anchor parts of this play, and Lord Darlington did bring a distinct passion, conveying a man driven by an unattainable ideal ("our souls together"). The set was simple but effective, the lighting very good. I did not like the short "funny" man with the beard. TimothyDaltonBond
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