Cyprus Mail

What the soul reflects

By Maria Gregoriou

There is nothing like a bit of Oscar Wilde to get the theatrical juices going and getting us right into the feel of all the other shows we will enjoy during the year.

Yes, we are talking about the big one, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the philosophical novel that the playwright wrote in 1891.

This is not the first time the story has unfolded on the Cypriot stage but from what we hear, the make-up that transforms the man in the leading role, Giorgos Tzortzis, into the spitting image of the decaying face in the portrait, is something to be admired.

Dorian Gray is a very handsome man whose beauty is captured in a portrait by Basil Hallward, who is infatuated by the young man’s looks. Through Hallward, Gray meets Lord Henry Wotton who enchants Gray into his way of looking at things, which happens to be the notion that beauty and sensual fulfilment are the only things worth pursing in life.

Not wanting to let his beauty fade, Gray expresses his desire to sell his soul and ensure that the portrait will age and fade, and he will remain eternally beautiful. The wish is granted and the youth leads a life filled with amoral actions while his image on canvas gets older and reflects all the sins he commits.

The Picture of Dorian Gray
A performance of the novel by Oscar Wilde. Until February 20. Theatro Ena, 4 Athinas Avenue, Nicosia. 8.30pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-348203

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