Don't miss Oscar Wilde's most popular play, The Importance of Being Earnest, in the Rose Center for the Arts Center Stage Theatre.
Oscar Wilde’s much-loved comedy sparkles with brilliant wordplay and unlikely situations. This “trivial comedy for serious people” begins with two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each hiding a double life. When Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a man named Ernest to slip away to the city, he immediately goes to Jack’s country manor to appear as the fictional figure himself!
Silliness ensues as town and country clash. Jealous fiancées, a formidable dowager, and the most famous handbag in the theatre complete the mayhem. Join us for this wildly funny satire of romance, marriage, morality, and class.
The Importance of Being Earnest will be performed February 28 through March 2.
Thursday, February 28: 7:30 pm - ticket prices apply
Friday, March 1: 11:00 am - ticket prices apply
Friday, March 1: 7:30 pm - ticket prices apply
Saturday, March 2: 7:30 pm - ticket prices apply
General Admission is $10; all students are free. Contains mature subject matter and strong language. Visit https://lowercolumbia.edu/theatre/ for more information and to purchase tickets.
The Importance of Being Earnest cast and crew
The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s most popular play. Poking fun at social conventions of late Victorian London, the play challenges the era’s traditional view of love, marriage, and the respective roles of men and women. Wilde himself was progressive and sympathetic towards women’s rights. Editor of The Woman’s World, he developed content far beyond fashion and society gossip. Wilde, who used his wit and influence to champion the plight of oppressed women, was himself oppressed. Living a double life as a closeted gay man, he navigated his world in much the same fashion as Jack and Algernon do with their bunburying. Although Wilde was eventually prosecuted and imprisoned for his lifestyle, his work endures as a pillar of the LGBTQ+ cannon and as a testament to the progressive counter culture of the Victorian Era.