Monday June 1, 2020

Contemporary sequel to Wilde classic is bold and relevant

Theatre: The Importance of Being Honest. By Billie Traynor. Directed by Liam Halligan. Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt until July 25. Rating 3/5

22nd July, 2015
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Billie Traynor as Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Honest

It’s often tempting to wonder what becomes of characters when a story, novel or play ends. In the Importance of Being Honest, Billie Traynor takes a bold imaginative leap, writing a future for the two female protagonists in Oscar Wilde’s most famous dramatic work.

The Importance of Being Earnest left Gwendolen and Cecily at the point of marriage. Traynor picks them up 20 years later, in 1913. Cecily, ensconced on her...

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