Pssst. I'm going to cut your balls off.
Jay Yamada and Kevin Berne
Pssst. I'm going to cut your balls off.

Ultimately, the comedy leaves us with a sense of cleverly crafted confusion about how the world works – a feeling of which Wilde would doubtless have approved. Far from deepening our understanding of the political process, An Ideal Husband may be the least ideal of all election-year plays. Why? Because it's a great work of art, and as Wilde famously put it in his novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, "All art is quite useless."

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