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Unable to vocalise her pain and perhaps unwilling to allow her appeal to lose its somatic affect, Esther's testimony became a theatricalised plea 'to the judgement of heaven'.
5); and the 'decadent' performance in the 1890s of what is already a theatricalised masculinity, a tenuous facade, by an Oscar Wilde intent on subverting that surface precisely by playing it out to an extreme (H la The Picture of Dorian Gray) to the point where his exposure of how unstable the term "masculine" was at the time' has to be beaten back by a public trial bent finally on exiling him, along with 'sodomy', to a Gothicised outland (ch.
Its theatricalised style echoed Luhrmann's own concept of Red Curtain cinema.