Importance of Being Earnest



"The Importance of Being Earnest"



Production Notes...

"The Importance of Being Earnest"

A Trivial Comedy for Serious People by Oscar Wilde


Oscar Wilde's play makes fun of the English upper classes with light-hearted satire and humor. The play focuses on two young men in love with girls both determined to marry someone named Earnest. It tells the tale of Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, two young men who have taken to bending the truth in order to add a dash of excitement to their lives. Jack has invented an imaginary brother, Ernest, whom he uses as an excuse to escape from his dull home in the country and frolic in town. Algernon uses a similar technique, only to escape his town life and retreat to the country. However, their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of crises that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits: Jack of his love Gwendolen Fairfax, and Algernon of his belle Cecily Cardew.

Directed by Donna Abel

The Cast (in order of appearance)

Lane, Butler............................... Duncan Wright
Algernon Moncrieff................... Charles Beck
John (Jack) Worthing................. Brian K. Irons
Lady Bracknell........................... Lora Strosnider
Gwendolen Fairfax..................... Lisa Burl
Cecily Cardew............................ Danielle Boettner
Miss Prism, Governess............. Pat Jones
Rev. Canon Chasuble................Jim Naylor
Merriman, Butler...................... Bill Jones



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Photos...
Photos from the production are shown below. For a larger view, click on the photo.




Long-suffering butler, Lane (left-Duncan Wright), brings cucumber sandwiches to Algernon (Charles Beck) who is "not particularly interested" in Lane's conversation.



Jack/Ernest (Brian Irons) is ecstatic that Gwendolen (Lisa Burl) has
accepted his marriage proposal.



Gwendolen's mother, Lady Bracknell (Lora Strosnider), is not pleased with
Jack's answers to her rigorous questioning.



(L-R) Rev. Chasuble (Jim Naylor), Cecily (Danielle Boettner) and Miss Prism (Pat Jones) enjoy an afternoon in the garden.



Poor Jack, his dear brother "Ernest" has apparently (and conveniently) died in Paris!



Exchanging diaries...Ernest is engaged to Cecily? But he is also engaged to Gwendolen!



Miss Prism recounts her story of the mysterious handbag in the train station.



The Cast
(Back L-R) Duncan Wright, Charles Beck, Pat Jones, Jim Naylor, Lora Strosnider,
Brian Irons, Bill Jones.
(Bottom L-R) Danielle Boettner, Donna Abel (Director), Lisa Burl





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