An Ideal Husband

The heirs of Wilde have reaped a harvest in such plays as The World of Paul Slickey and The End of Me Old Cigar (Osborne) and Dirty Linen/New-Found-Land (Stoppard).

Parker’s screenplay establishes Baron Arnheim, the stockbroker. Wealth is nothing, power over men is all. Information is the commodity of the age.

“Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge,” asked Oliver on his travels, “the knowledge we have lost in information?”

A game of blackmail, acted out with conscious appreciation of The School for Scandal.