Oscar Wilde's brilliant and much-loved comedy of love, manners and mistaken identity, The Importance of Being Earnest, has been delighting audiences for over 100 years, which makes it a very long play. I’m sorry, that joke was one of Shaw’s.
Set within the stifling conventions of Victorian England, two young bachelors take to bending the rules and the truth to add a dash of excitement to their lives. Jack invents a brother Ernest as an excuse to leave his dull country life behind so that he may pursue Gwendolen, the delectable daughter of the formidable Lady Bracknell.
Across town Algernon decides to take the name Ernest when visiting Jack's young ward Cecily. When each gentleman is forced to unwind his web of lies and reveal himself, being 'earnest' takes on a whole new meaning!
Grand dame of the Australian theatre, Nancye Hayes, returns to the State Theatre Company to bring the acidic Lady Bracknell to life alongside the elastic and hilarious Nathan O'Keefe as Algernon.
The script positively brims with wit and wickedness – a few gems:
"The truth is rarely pure and never simple…"
"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his…"
"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train…"
The Adelaide production is on at the Dunstan Playhouse at the Adelaide Festival Centre from July 25 to August 16 (performances on August 2 at 2:00pm and August 9 and 16 may be affected by road closures).
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