Theatre Review: A Woman of No Importance @ Vaudeville Theatre
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A Woman of No Importance kicks off a year-long season of Wilde plays for Dominic Dromgoole's new theatre company Classic Spring. It is a lacklustre start to what will hopefully be a much more refreshing year of theatre in the West End. A Woman of No Importance is an examination of the way Victorian women were belittled by their husbands and ostracised for their sexual endeavours. Written during a time that feminism was a distant ideology (though arguably this could still be the case), when the men would disappear for whiskey and cigars, and the women would chatter delicately about the absurd idea of being seen as equal. In this production little is done to modernise such a backwards way of thinking, with the young American girl Hester (Crystal Clark) being the only character outspoken enough to express disgust at the unfair class system. She is, of course, shunned for this idea by the other women.
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