Larking House Season
The Importance Of Being Earnest
The First Installment of our
Backyard Summer Classic Series!
Oscar Wilde's final play, The Importance of Being Earnest follows two wealthy young men as they each pursue romantic fulfillment under the same pseudonym. Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff are as close as...well, brothers. That is, up until their farcical deceptions intersect, inhibiting their budding courtships at a crescendoing rate. Jack pretends that he has a brother named Ernest whom he must visit in London with great frequency; by using "Ernest" as an alias in London, he also manages to shift any negative gossip about himself over to his fictional brother. Similarly, Algernon has long maintained that he knows a perpetually-ill friend by the name Bunbury, whose frequent 'relapses' afford Algy a scapegoat for evading undesirable social situations. Can both bachelors emerge from their identity crises with their betrothals, public images, and friendship intact? Could the abrasive Lady Bracknell deem Jack an acceptable suitor to her beautiful, well-born daughter? Will Gwendolen and Cecily set aside their reservations for one another and uncover the truth about their admirers?
And where on earth have all the cucumber sandwiches gone???
Directed by Matt B. Caballero
Playing July 20th-August 5th