The Importance of Being Earnest is probably the wittiest comedy in the English language; it is certainly the least earnest. The subtitle, "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People", gives a clear indication of its nature. It is a play about the only subjects that Oscar Wilde would admit taking seriously: wit, elegance, and paradox. Sir John Gielgud had a particularly long association with The Importance of Being Earnest and was able to assemble a distinguished cast for this recording, which is as near to the ideal as any that could be chosen.More
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the Gielgud voice - what a joy
What a dissapointment. This "live" recording should be wonderful, but it is so faint in some places one can hardly and mostly not hear the lines. I remember seeing the original performance years ago, and the performance of Sir John and cast were just pitch perfect for Wilde's comedy.
No one, he is perfect.
The book/play was great. This performance, because of technical problems, is abysmal.
I should be ashamed to charge for this item. It is very flawed.
- Auntie Reader