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The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest
Your Price: $13.95 CDN
Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 102
Pub. Date: 2011
ISBN-10: 0573601909
ISBN-13: 9780573601903

About the Play:

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts recommends The Importance of Being Earnest for male monologues.

This is the 3-act version. The Importance of Being Earnest is a full-length farce comedy by Oscar Wilde. Two wealthy London bachelors each pretend to be a fictitious man called Earnest in order to win over two eligible young ladies, despite the ladies' avowed preference for that name alone — and the interference of the intimidatingly proper Lady Bracknell — in Oscar Wilde's "trivial comedy for serious people."
 
The Importance of Being Earnest revolves wittily around the most ingenious case of manufactured mistaken identity ever put into a play. Jack Worthing pretends to be Earnest to avoid certain social obligations. But Gwendolen has fallen in love with him as Earnest — and he with her. Quizzed as to his origins by her aunt Lady Bracknell, Jack has to admit to being found in a handbag. After further complications involving Jack's friend Algernon, who is also passing himself off as Earnest, Jack's true origins are revealed.

Among Oscar Wilde's plays, The Importance of Being Earnest — the last he wrote — is certainly the most celebrated. This masterpiece is probably one of the most famous and frequently performed comedies in the English language.

Cast: 4 women, 5 men.

About the Playwright:

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) was already one of the best known literary figures in Britain when he was persuaded to turn his extraordinary talents to the theatre. Between 1891 and 1895 he produced a sequence of distinctive plays which spearheaded the dramatic renaissance of the 1890s and retain their power today.

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