Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Importance of Being Earnest

I won tickets to see Oscar Wilde’s play at the Paper Mill Playhouse this evening. It was funny, in its odd 19th century sort of way. “Oscar Wilde ” himself was inserted as a character who sat in a balcony box before the play and gave the announcements (you know, the ones about no recording equipment , cell phones or pagers and no photographs)and led applause for the cast at the end of the play. The actor who played him also played the parts of several servants, who were exceptionally comical. Lynn Redgrave was especially British as “Aunt Agatha ” in some of the loudest, most garish costuming I’ve ever seen, as well as incredible wigs!

The Paper Mill sums the play up like this :

Oscar Wilde's masterpiece of modern comedy! Jack Worthing's brother, Ernest, provides Jack with the excuse to escape from his dull home in the country to frolic in town. The home of Algernon Moncrieff's friend Bunbury provides a convenient locale for taking adventures in the country.

The problem? Ernest and Bunbury are imaginary, created by Jack and Algernon in order to add a dash of excitement to their lives. Their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of hilarious crises that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits.”

My sincere thanks to WCBSFM101.1 for sending me the tickets and choosing me as a winner.

Earnest playbill

Playbill lynn redgrave Lynn Redgrave

And I got to dress up, too….2009-01-31 23-48-24.282

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