- $25 for two tickets to see Prime Stage Theatre Company’s The Importance of Being Earnest (up to $50 value)
- Where: New Hazlett Theater
- Section: General Admission
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Dates and Times * Friday, March 14, at 8 p.m. * Saturday, March 15, at 8 p.m. * Sunday, March 16, at 2:30 p.m.
The Importance of Being Earnest
It seems like a straightforward strategy: if you want an earnest lover, seek out a man named Ernest. So goes the logic of not one but two of the heroines in Oscar Wilde’s beloved play, The Importance of Being Earnest. The only problem is that it’s easy enough to lie about one’s name, especially in the days before first dates included retinal scans. John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff are the closest of friends—each knows the other well enough not to trust him. Each also has an attractive relative with a strong preference for the titular name. When the two rakes independently begin calling themselves “Ernest,” and the four young people get together for a weekend in the country, what follows is a glorious pandemonium of wordplay and a gentle skewering of Victorian mores.
First performed in 1895, this comical farce has since returned to the stage in countless revivals, been adapted into an opera and a radio play, and made it onto the silver screen three times. It was the darling of critics on its initial run, but critical success wasn’t enough to save Wilde from prison. After 86 performances, his homosexuality—a crime at the time—was revealed in the courts and the play was closed down. Upon release, Wilde fled to Paris and published the play, but wrote no further comic or dramatic work.
Books may look like inanimate stacks of paper, but they have stuff inside them. Good stuff. Smart stuff. Compelling stuff. The mission of Prime Stage is to bring that stuff to life. With adaptations that run the gamut from children's classics such as The Westing Game and Walk Two Moons to historical classics such as The Diary of Anne Frank and A Woman Called Truth, the company has spent nearly 20 years bringing literature to the stage.