The Importance of Being Earnest 2006

Importance of Being Earnest posterWritten by Oscar Wilde

Directed by Anne-Marie Donovan

Performances: November 15-18, 2006

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building

Set in late 19th century England, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest is considered by many to be one of the funniest plays ever written. Hardly a sentence goes by which is not witty, satirical and ambiguous in some way. The overall effect is of a light farce concerned with issues of lifestyle and marriage. However, underneath the surface there lurks a serious play with a biting social commentary which takes aim at the moral code of Victorian society. It asks: when does the earnestness with which we conform to the moral code become hypocrisy.

The Importance of Being Ernest affectionately challenged Victorian society's norms. The questions Oscar Wilde raised so cleverly in 1895 continue to resonate with us today.