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“The Importance of Being Earnest” takes the stage in November

Posted 10/20/14

The Importance of Being EarnestOscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, a classic comedy of manufactured mistaken identity, will be performed in November by Fitchburg State University’s Communications Media and Industrial Technology Departments.

The play will be performed at the Wallace Theater for the Performing Arts at the McKay Complex, 67 Rindge Road, at 6 p.m. Nov. 12, 13, 19 and 20; at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, 15, 21 and 22; and 2 p.m. Nov. 16. Admission is free and open to the public.

A sparkling wit and social satire make this one of the most beloved comedies in the English language. It revolves around the most ingenious case of manufactured mistaken identity ever put into a play. Jack Worthing and his best friend Algernon Moncrieff are both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest. Each has invented an alternate person in order to get out of social obligations. Their deceptions weave tangled webs, as they each try to protect their secrets while navigating the shark-infested waters of love. 

The production is being directed by Fitchburg State faculty member Kelly Morgan.

The play, whose full title is The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, was first performed in 1895 in London. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make it Wilde’s most enduring play.

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