The Importance of Being Earnest


Oscar Wilde's perennial comedy opens Feb. 28

In this farcical comedy from Oscar Wilde, Jack Worthing, a well-respected young man from the English countryside, creates an alter-ego little brother named Ernest, so he may visit London and get about without having to worry about his various responsibilities. However, he’s found out by his friend Algernon, when Jack comes to the city to propose to his girlfriend Gwendolen. Seeing a potential for tomfoolery, and curious about a young woman named Cecily living with Jack, Algernon takes on the Ernest persona himself to visit Jack’s countryside home. A play full of mistaken identities, young love, and tiny sandwiches, "The Importance of Being Earnest" is a look at what happens when we let our concern for proper image go too far, which is when the ridiculous loves to creep in.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" is rated PG, for general audiences -- although young children may have trouble following the very British dialogue and sophisticated humor. Show dates are Feb. 28-March 15, with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults; $17 for seniors, students, and military personnel; and $10 for kids ages 12 and under.

Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets, or by calling the box office at (360) 322-7402.