Time and again the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University mounts productions that are marvels of excellence.
To perform an Oscar Wilde play and do it justice is no easy task; but to do a Readers Theater production of an Oscar Wilde play is a far greater challenge, and write my essay one in which Soundstage Productions most notably attempts with their latest production of Wilde's An Ideal Husband. For those unfamiliar with Readers Theater, or as Soundstage calls it, "Theater of the Mind," it is a shift in focus from the traditional, more visually stimulating staging of a play to a more auditory and text-driven version. This format of theater requires actors to rely heavily on the voice as their expressive instrument, taking away their ability to employ costumes, sets, blocking, etc. as a way of establishing tone, time or place.