Center Theatre Seattle Center
June 7–July 1, 2018
Recommended by Christopher Frizzelle
Director Victor Pappas has done a masterful job of balancing the design team, the actors, the humor, the pathos, and the shocking turns in Wilde's classic fairy tale. For the uninitiated: It's a story of youth and art and malice and a painting that comes to life. It's a painting of a boy named Dorian Gray, a painting that captures Dorian Gray's essence to such a frightening degree that the painting ages (revealing further shades of Dorian's essence) as real-life Dorian stays the same age. As Dorian's narcissistic soul darkens, the painting develops an evil look, and eventually begins to sweat blood. This production is galvanizing. It's the kind of night of theater that makes you thankful you left the house. "Thank god we came to this!" was the attitude on everyone's faces as I walked out of the theater. How often does that happen?