|Carlos Baldeon as Algernon Moncrieff, Brittney Kalmbach as Gwendolen Fairfax, Elizabeth Triplett as Cecily Cardew and Justin Abarca as Earnest Worthing in the Theatre department's production of “The Importance of Being Earnest.”|
|Oscar Wilde's “The Importance of Being Ernest” is a farcical comedy that involves two friends assuming the identity “Earnest” who learn the name's true meaning as they court women in Victorian society.|
The Theatre department will stage Oscar Wilde's play “The Importance of Being Earnest” from Feb. 20-29 in the University Theatre. The production is directed by professor Robert G. Leigh.
In the farcical comedy, two friends assuming the identity “Earnest” learn the name's true meaning as they court women in Victorian society.
“The play is a sophisticated satire that often passes as a comedy of manners,” says Leigh. “Seemingly about the foibles and complications of romance and its courtship requirements for the upper class during the Victorian Era, 'Earnest' also reveals the hypocrisy of a fashionably educated, sexually repressed, materialistic and spiritually devoid group of people who think the world revolves around their lives.”
Performances will be Feb. 20-21 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 26-28 at 8 p.m.; and Feb. 29 at 2 p.m.
Tickets prices are $14 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. Some performances may qualify for a $2 advance-purchase discount. For tickets or more information, call the Box Office Hotline at (909) 869-3800.