If you haven't yet seen the acclaimed, award-winning drama Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde Off-Broadway, you'd better get your tickets now. The show will close at the Minetta Lane Theatre Sept. 13.
Gross Indecency, written and directed by Moises Kaufman, currently stars Michael Emerson, who created the role Off-Off-Broadway and again when the show moved to the Minetta Lane. (For several weeks, while Emerson did the show in San Francisco and L.A., TV's Edward Hibbert took over in NY.) Kaufman's play also stars Bill Dawes (Lord Alfred), Robert Blumenfeld, James Coyle, John McAdams, Andy Paris, Greg Pierotti, Greg Steinbruner and Don Wildman. Designing the show are Sarah Lambert (sets), Kitty Leech (costumes), Betsy Adams (lighting) and Wayne Frost (sound/original music).
Kaufman's biographical drama tells of Wilde taking legal action against slanderous accusations by the father of his young lover. The lawsuit backfires, and Wilde is suddenly faced with sodomy charges.
Gross Indecency won the Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Award (a tie with Beauty Queen of Leenane) for Best Play. Indecency's international plans are just beginning, what with a Toronto production occurring this month and a London mounting planned for the fall.
According to spokesperson Kevin McAnarney, Gross Indecency first opened Off-Off-Broadway Feb. 27, 1997. That mounting ran to May 4. Fueled by an rave by the New York Times' Ben Brantley, Kaufman's Oscar Wilde deconstruction made the jump to Off-Broadway's Minetta Lane Theatre back on June 5, 1997 (previews began May 20, 1997). It's been there ever since. For tickets ($29.50-$47.50) and information on Gross Indecency at the Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane, call (212) 420-8000.
-- By David Lefkowitz