“One of the most immaculately crafted stage comedies of all time.” —The Stage
“The most perfect comedy in the English language.” —London Telegraph
4 actors take on 9 characters for 15 nights of high octane fun with Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest! Join us for this classic comedy as some of Apollinaire’s favorite actors bring you on their wild ride through this Wilde production.
Actors Brooks Reeves (The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, Hamlet), Kody Grassett (The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart), Ron Lacey (Uncle Vanya, Pool No Water), and Apollinaire newcomer Abigail Erdelatz play the young romantics who fall in love with Ernest, the irresistible bad boy of London society. The trouble is, Ernest doesn’t exist. Under the watchful eye of Lady Bracknell(s), will the pairs of young lovers untangle their own web of lies, and will the newly minted Ernest win her approval despite an unlikely start in life in a handbag abandoned at Victoria Station?
Oscar Wilde’s “Trivial Comedy for Serious People” has entertained with its on-point social satire for over a century. Wilde’s much loved masterpiece throws love, logic, and language in the air for a dazzling evening of theatrical fireworks.
November 19-December 19, 2021
Fri. & Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 3:00
Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea.
Starring: Abigail Erdelatz, Kody Grassett, Ron Lacey, Brooks Reeves
Violinist: Flore Uzan
Directed by Danielle Fauteux Jacques
Musical Direction/Sound Design: David Reiffel
Scenic Design: Marc Poirier
Costume Design: Elizabeth Rocha
Dialect Coach: Christopher Sherwood Davis
Stage Manager: Emily Larson
Assistant Stage Manager: Kevin McGrath
Running Time: estimated 1 hour 45 minutes
Oscar Wilde (born October 16, 1854, Dublin, Ireland—died November 30, 1900, Paris, France) was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays including his comic masterpieces Lady Windermere’s Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the circumstances of his criminal conviction for “gross indecency” and subsequent imprisonment.