The Importance of Being Earnest is Wilde's most famous and oft-produced play. First performed in 1895, and subtitled "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People", it shows Wilde at his satirical and scathingly witty best. It follows the misadventures of Algy and Jack as they attempt to woo and wed Cecily and Gwendolen under the assumed name "Ernest", much to the disapproval of the aristocratic Lady Bracknell.
Algernon Moncrieff - Ben Lindsey-Clark
Lane - Denis Daly
John Worthing - Jeff Moon
Gwendolen Fairfax - Amanda Friday
Lady Bracknell - Elizabeth Klett
Cecily Cardew - Tiffany Halla Colonna
Merriman - Alan Weyman
Rev. Canon Chasuble - Noel Badrian
Miss Prism - PJ Morgan
Stage directions read by Erin Louttit
Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett
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My favorite play and now my favorite audio!
The eccentric characters leave a lot of room for interpretation and each actor had their own take on each character! At first, I was a little surprised..not quite envisioning Algernon or Jack like the way I perceived them in my mind. However, the actors quickly persuaded me that they were indeed superb to portray the two male leads. Lady B's huaghty attitude was of course PERFECTION. I just laugh the whole time she is speaking.
I would say Anton Chekov's one act plays! The Bear and The Proposal. They are very similar in the way in which they mock society with humor.
Yes! I usually listen in the car so it really depends on travel times.
I hope this is taken with the warmest sentiment, but I felt like the stage directions were read with a little too low of a timber. It kind of interrupted the mood of the play.. which I guess it is supposed to do to signify changes in scene. Perhaps though it could have been lightened a tad because I do enjoy her voice! It really did not take away from the performance at all though.
- Kristina Hernandez