Boulder ensemble http://www.fcsc.co.uk/special-occasion-dresses/evening-dresses.html theatre company’s Where:Dairy center for the arts, 2590 walnut st., BoulderCelebrity scandal, the nature of art and the artist pitted against society’s sense of morality, class, the cost of personal hubris and great writing are all on display in this documentarystyle twoact drama. “Gross indecency”Also reveals the birth of the modern homosexual, or at least the beginning of our notion of that label. Boulder ensemble theatre company’s production of the kaufman play, which runs through may 5 at the dairy center, is intelligent and filled with fine performances. The play was created in 1996 by moises kaufman and the tectonic theatre.It was the first time the new yorkbased company used a writing technique it later employed to create”The laramie project,”The play about mathew shepard, the young gay man who was beaten and left to die in wyoming. “Gross indecency”Uses british court documents, news accounts, personal letters, wilde’s writings and the writing of some involved in the trials to piece together an engrossing play. The irishborn wilde(Portrayed in the betc show by chip http://www.fcsc.co.uk/wedding-dresses.html persons)Was at the height of his artistic powers and popularity in england when he became the target of rage from a scotsman named queensberry(Bob buckley).Wilde was fond of queensberry’s son, lord alfred douglas, and the two were rumored to be lovers. After queensberry plotted to disrupt the opening night of premiere of wilde’s play”The importance of being earnest,”And publicly called wilde a sodomite, wilde sued queensberry for libel.Evidence brought against wilde during that trial eventually led to two more trials, those with wilde as the plaintiff.He was eventually convicted of”Gross indecency”And he served a twoyear prison sentence.In prison, wilde suffered an injury that led somewhat quickly to his death in 1900. Most who see”Gross indecency”Already know of wilde’s demise.What the play and betc’s production do so brilliantly is allow us from the distance that time provides to grapple with how and why the great artist fell so far so fast. Prior to the era of wilde’s trials, the term”Homosexual”Wasn’t commonly used in england.Though from the play we glean that wilde had intimate relationship with several men, he didn’t view himself as gay in the way that term is used to differentiate homosexuals from heterosexuals today.Instead, wilde described himself as someone with a hellenistic worldview, and as an artist devoted to beauty.He was less concerned with the victorian sense of morality, other than to poke fun at the age’s pretentions in his plays. When it was published, his novel”The picture of dorian gray”Drew praise, but also consternation for its implied homosexual themes.Wilde responded by saying: “There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book.Books are well written or badly written. ” Later, he opined: “The books that are called immoral are the books that show the world its own shame. ” The puritaninfluenced powers in great britain were interested in shaming wilde.Queen victoria’s law prohibiting sexual contact between men remained on the books until 1954. All of the actors in betc’s show are terrific, beginning with person, who is an excellent wilde.At first, he’s all charm, confidence, wit and charisma.As the trials drag on, person’s wilde begins to shows the anguish until he’s a defeated man.Buckley’s queensberry is a brutish force;He can go from zero to 60 on the rage meter in half a phrase.Later, buckley shows his range by portraying a councilor with an altogether different personality. Director stephen weitz’s simple, uncluttered staging is effective and empowers to actors to tell the stories of the trials.The show is coproduced by the cu department of theatre, and cu great deals faculty member markas henry dresses the ninemember ensemble in smart victorianera garb. Draped in victorian trappings as it is,”Gross indecency”Manages to hold a mirror up to our own culture, in which artistic expression and personal choice sometimes pushes against what’s thought of as moral.