presents Oscar Wilde’s
The Importance of Being Earnest:
A Trivial Comedy for Serious People
Directed by Don Toner
Featuring Rick Roemer as Lady Bracknell and Bernadette Nason as Miss Prism
January 14 – February 13; Thursday–Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.
Austin Playhouse, 3601 S. Congress, Bldg. C
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TIX: $26 Thursday and Friday, $28 Saturday and Sunday, $35 Opening Night
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Austin Playhouse produces Oscar Wilde’s light effervescent comedy The Importance of Being Earnest. Written in 1884 and first produced the following year, The Importance of Being Earnest is directly influenced by Great Britain’s late Victorian era. Wilde continuously makes light of the era’s mores, social customs, marriage, and particularly the pursuit of love.
The play features Jack, who is a seemingly responsible and respectable young man; but Jack leads a double life. At his country estate, Jack is known as Jack, but in the city, he is known as Ernest. Even Jack’s best friend Algernon who has known him for years, thinks he is Earnest. As Jack begins to fall in love with a woman who believes his name is Earnest, he finds himself in peculiar and amusing situations.
The Importance of Being Earnest has been considered Wilde’s artistic breakthrough—combining self-parody and a humorous commentary on the melodramatic genre in which he had already had so much success.