Famous farce coming to St. Louis

July 2, 2018 by  

Oscar Wilde’s classic farce ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, which has the subtitle ‘A Trivial Comedy for Serious People’, will have a limited run in St. Louis soon. The play has rarely been out of production since its premiere in 1895.

The Insight Theatre Company is mounting the production, which is about two friends who both use the pseudonym of ‘Ernest’ when they wish to avoid the duties expected of them by society. The title of the work is a play on the idea of being ‘earnest’, an adjective that cannot be applied to either of the protagonists.

When Jack Worthing finds himself attracted to his friend Algy Moncrieff’s cousin Gwendolyn and wants to propose to her, Algy refuses unless Jack explains why he is sometimes called ‘Ernest’. Jack retaliates by asking why Algy also uses a pseudonym, and the two reveal they each have created a useful fictional self to avoid situations they dislike. As is often the case in pre-1900 productions, the character of Lady Bracknell, Gwendolyn’s mother, will be played by a man.

The show is scheduled for the Grandel Theatre on Grandel Square from July 12 through July 22. Tickets are now on sale.

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