A tour-de-force by English satirist Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest is regarded as his best comedy. Here a full cast voices the misadventures of two English gentleman and their attempts to escape the social demands of the Victorian era. When Algernon Moncrieff learns his friend Jack Worthing has invented a brother, Ernest, in order to escape the country and travel to London from time-to-time, Algernon admits to taking part in a similar scheme. Algernon has made up an invalid friend in the country to excuse himself from unwelcome family obligations. But when both Jack and Algernon begin wooing ladies while simultaneously assuming the name of Ernest, mistaken identities abound and only a mysterious black handbag holds the key to their true identities.
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by Oscar Wilde
by Oscar Casares
by Fran Wilde
by Jim Butcher
"Wilde's famous and hilarious send-up of Victorian courtship is beautifully realized by L.A. Theatre Works' talented cast. The dialogue is quick and snappy--exactly as it should be. Listeners will still be giggling at one joke as the next sails by. James Marsters plays the clever devil-may-care Jack (sometimes Earnest) with energy and wit, and Matthew Wolf's Algernon (also sometimes Earnest) is spot-on--neurotic, loving, and yearning to be both adventurous and responsible. A special mention goes to Charles Busch for his laugh-out-loud portrayal of Lady Bracknell. The acting and staging are clear and effective, and while nothing can replace actually watching Wilde's play in person, this production is a close second to the live event. A.H.A. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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