Thespian Thoughts – An Ideal Husband – Theatre Review by Sandro Monetti

Blackmail, suggestions of scandalous affairs and political skull-duggery … it could be modern day Washington. But instead, 1895 London is the setting for this timeless and terrific play.
– Theatre Review By SANDRO MONETTI

Oscar Wilde’s witty language and clever plot is in good hands with the talented ensemble assembled at Sierra Madre Playhouse.

Flame haired vixen Lady Cheveley (gleefully played by an impressive Ann Noble) threatens to expose a scandal in the past of political rising star Sir Robert Chiltern (a solid Jonathan Lamer) but reckons without the stoic support of his faithful wife Gertrude (a note perfect Gaby Santinelli).

Director Gigi Bermingham doesn’t add much new to this tried and tested theatre favorite but if it ain’t broke then don’t fix it seems a sensible approach to such winning material.

For with loyalty and betrayal, love and deception and many classic one liners, this is an ideal evening’s entertainment.


Written by Oscar Wilde.

Directed by Gigi Bermingham. Produced by Sherrie Lofton.

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2.30pm until
February 20, 2014. Also Sunday February 9 at 7pm and Thursdays February 13 and
February 20 at 8pm.

At Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 West Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Tickets $25. Seniors and students (13-17) $22. Children aged 12 and under $15.
For reservation call (626) 355-4318 or book online at Sierra Madre Playhouse

CAST (in alphabetical order)

John Combs, Ata Farhadi, Albert Garnica, Jonathan Lamer, Michael Matthys, Alexandria Napier, Ann Noble, Gaby Santinelli and Lizzie Zerebko.


Production manager – Estelle Campbell
Stage Manager – Kimberly Weber
Assistant director – Rachel Berney Needleman
Sound designer – Jeff Gardner
Set designer – Cesar Holguin
Lighting design – Anna Cecelia Martin
Costume design – Naila Aladdin Sanders

Publicity – Philip Sokoloff

Thespian Thoughts is a theatre review article on Actors Entertainment, a channel on the Actors Podcast Network, a Pepper Jay Production.

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