Opened: January 13, 2011
Book by: Oscar Wilde
Original Revival Cast: Brian Bedford, Dana Ivey, Paxton Whitehead, Santino Fontana, David Furr, Tim MacDonald, Paul O’Brien, Charlotte Parry, Sara Topham & Amanda Leigh Cobb
First performed in 1895, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest continues to be a hilarious romp of mistaken identities.
John Worthing (David Furr) and Algernon Moncrieff (Santino Fontana) both use the pseudonym “Earnest” to win over the heart of women who will only love them for that name. When the elderly Lady Bracknell (Brian Bedford) interferes, they’ll have to own up to their lies.
As it was criticized back during its premiere, the show lacks any real social messages and is pretty much just a comedic farce. But the comedy holds up over 100 years after its debut. The men in the show are laughable with the women holding very high standards.
The ensemble cast is fantastic with Bedford commanding the stage as Lady Bracknell. He’ll have you laughing out of your chair.
Final say: Provides many great laughs. ★★★★★