Oscar Wilde knew how to cause a ruckus. The great Victorian playwright, who wrote The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest, among others, became infamous for his relationship with a young wealthy lord and for penning the phrase "The love that dare not speak its name." He was convicted of gross indecency in 1895 and spent time in prison before his death. But even before all that, he was already getting everyone's panties in a twist with his naughty ideas, some of which are captured in his play Salome, which is about the biblical seductress who slithered through the dance of the seven veils and asked for the head of John the Baptist as her reward. In a program it's calling a Pre Stonewall Play Reading, Unhinged Productions will present a reading of Wilde's wild play followed by a talk with the cast and psychotherapist Sean Fitzpatrick. Get wild today at 2:30 p.m. Jung Center, 5200 Montrose. For information, call 832-250-7786 or visit www.comeunhinged.com. Free.
Sun., Jan. 31, 2010