Latest production of Wilde classic focuses on fun
Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest. By Oscar Wilde. Directed by Kate Canning. Smock Alley Theatre until August 22. Rating: ***.
The enduring popularity of The Importance of Being Earnest is both a bonus and a drawback for potential directors and cast members. Audiences are so familiar with Oscar Wilde’s last play that they come to a performance with certain expectations: Lady Bracknell’s imperiousness will be a highlight; the exchanges between Algy and Jack will be infused with knowing camp.
But The Importance of Being Earnest has been so ubiquitously and endlessly...
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