The Importance of Being Earnest
|September 14 - October 9, 2011|
Written by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Jim Helsinger
Run time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including two 10-minute intermissions
A rousing, romantic escapade, Oscar Wilde dishes up scathing social satire, effervescent wit and high farce, making The Importance of Being Earnest one of the most cherished plays in the English language. In a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, charming bachelors Jack and Algernon lead double lives to woo the two young ladies who have won their hearts. When they are caught in their lies, the stage is set for clever manipulations and hilarious confusion.
"Oscar Wilde's delicious mix of put-downs, wisecracks and highfalutin nonsense...shines brighter than ever." - Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel
"Earnest marks Orlando Shakespeare Theater's first production of a Wilde work. With a production this satisfying, it was well worth the wait." - Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel
"I have been attending the Shakespeare Theater performances for many years and have never been disappointed. This performance was an absolute delight." - Nancy W.
"I laughed so hard, both at the physical comedy and Oscar Wilde's wit. Wonderful production." - Alison P.
"Attended the premiere. Outstanding job by the entire cast. This is a 'do not miss' show!!!" - Carla L.
Director .....Jim Helsinger
Set Designer .....Bert Scott
Costume Designer .....Jack Smith
Lighting Designer .....Dave Upton**
Sound Designer .....Britt Sandusky**
Stage Manager .....Stacy Renee Norwood*
*Denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association
**Denotes a member of United Scenic Artists
Opening Night Festivities
PRE-SHOW CHAT: Join us in the Patron's Room on Friday, September 16 from 7:15 - 7:45 p.m. for an informational Pre-Show Chat with members of our designer team and guest speaker, Professor James Campbell, Director of Graduate Programs and Associate Professor from UCF's English Department. He will be on hand to discuss:
OPENING NIGHT PARTY: Celebrate a job well done with the cast, crew, designers and staff at the Importance of Being Earnest Opening Night Party. The party starts after the show (approx. 10:45 p.m.) and you're invited! There will also be delicious complimentary hors d'oeuvres provided by Edible Orlando and Saravanna Bhavan. We'll also have a cash bar. No RSVP necessary.
We have student matinees just for you! Call (407) 447-1700 or click here for more information.