Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest"
“THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST”
A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.
Directed by Rathna Shekar Reddy
Date: 02nd June 2018
Venue: Phoenix Arena, Hitech City, Hyderabad.
Written with subtlety and wit, Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” has survived all possible trials of time and has catered to the amusement of its audiences to become one of the most famous plays in English literature. The playwright attempts to highlight the pretentious lifestyle of the Victorian society only to mock it using humour, contradictions, and sarcasm. One of his most famous works, the play provides a window-view into his own life which aroused great controversies for him. However, this style is commendable and his “comedy of manners” is evergreen, as his play holds the extraordinary ability of being relatable by any societal structure.
“The Importance of Being Earnest” revolves around two bachelors, Jack 'John' Worthing and Algernon 'Algy' Moncrieff. They both lead a double life, aided by a fictional alterego, to escape the hassles caused by societal obligations. John’s alterego is his wicked younger brother, Ernest; and Algy’s is his permanent invalid friend, Bunbury, who are both indispensably resourceful. They attempt to win the hearts of two women, Gwenolden Fairfax and Cecily Cardew, respectively. However, complications arise when the women discover that their beaus are not as “Earnest” as they claim to be. To top it all off, the conflict reaches its zenith with the formidable Lady Bracknell’s earnest disapproval of their sordid affair. Will Jack and Algy successfully overcome all obstacles to get the women of their dreams?
With jealous fiancées, mixed-up lies, a villainous matriarch and a controversial handbag, this play guarantees an evening of laughter. 'Bunbury' with us through this whimsical tale of deception, disguise, misadventure and love, and witness one of the most famous comedies to have ever been written!
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