February 8, 2019 at 8:00pm at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 South Woodlawn Avenue.
Algernon and Jack are best friends. They’re both rich and useless; they both have the same pleasures and pastimes; and they both love muffins. Jack wants to marry Algernon’s cousin Gwendolyn; Algernon wants to marry Jack’s ward Cecily. There are only two problems. One is Algernon’s formidable Aunt Augusta. The other is that both Gwendolyn and Cecily want to marry a man named Ernest…who doesn’t entirely exist.
Written and produced almost simultaneously with An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest is a hilarious satire on the ideals and conventions of both respectable society and the legitimate drama. Many of the issues raised in a serious vein in An Ideal Husband are given a comic and increasingly absurd treatment in Earnest. For several months in 1895, spectators could go see both of these plays on the same weekend. Cast members from our 2016 production of An Ideal Husband reunite for a dramatically different dramatic experience in this staged reading of Wilde’s funniest, most popular, and most frequently-revived play. Come and join us for this Wilde ride!