Oscar Wilde’s wickedly witty yet touching comedy revolves around blackmail, political corruption and public and private honor in late 19th-century England, where “an ideal husband” must be above reproach in both spheres. Sir Robert Chiltern is a well-regarded politician happily married to a loving wife. His status as an ideal husband is threatened when evidence of a past indiscretion appears. Sir Robert turns to his friend Lord Goring, who takes matters into his own hands. An Ideal Husband is directed by Keith Baxter (Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Imaginary Invalid), whose production of The Rivals was proclaimed “irrepressibly funny!” (Chicago Tribune).
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