Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Importance of Being Earnest

Bag & Baggage Productions
May 7 - 24, 2009

Summary:

Wilde’s most popular play has been called the funniest in the English language. It’s certainly the most outrageously frivolous, filled with sparkling conversations about life and love. Algernon and Jack are in love with two delectable young women, both of whom have illogically sworn to marry only men named Ernest.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

This show was AMAZING! Great actors with well delivered lines and much unspoken. Fabulous costumes and set design. Casting came as a pleasant and rewarding surprise

Anonymous said...

not hard to top the PCS version.

Anonymous said...

The best I have ever seen Oscar Wilde, absolutely wonderful show!! The cast, set, costuming all of it fantastic. I highly recommend it, a great date night.

Teela said...

This twist on Wilde's own satirical take on Victorian notions of gender, sexuality, marriage, and the church makes for a wonderful and intriguing evening at the theatre and makes a beloved classic new again with a strong concept, clever design work, and energetic performances. Cast members embrace the playwright's rapid-fire wit with bold characterizations. Don't miss it!

Amanda said...

This show is fabulous. The gender blind casting is a unique, and sometimes hilarious, twist to a familiar story. Lesli Okorn and Maggie Chapin are particularly wonderful as Jack and Algernon, respectively. If you are skeptical, go and let them prove you wrong.

This is the best Earnest I have ever seen. You'd be a fool to miss it!

Simon said...

Awesome show, as all of B&B's have been thus far. I found it refreshing to see a performance that went deeper than the surface-level comedy that most performances are limited to and explored the satire to its full depth. The subtleties that Palmer and his cast worked into the performances were excellent. This is a top-notch performance that is not to be missed!

Anonymous said...

This isn't your Grandma's "Earnest"! A refreshingly bold take on a classic play, that will have you laughing out loud. Overall, a great night at the theatre. Best perk to the venue - bring your microbrew into the theatre with you at intermission - it'll take the show from funny to HILARIOUS!

Cathleen said...

Ah, subtext! Who knew "Earnest" could have so much heart and depth of feeling? Funny, yes, but also the most wonderfully bittersweet "Earnest" you're likely to find anywhere. Makes you wonder why this interpretation of the story isn't done everywhere these days. Bravo!

Anonymous said...

And it makes you wonder how PCS could have done such a solidly pedestrian rendering of it --- with a budget that would fuel the average theatre for multiple seasons.