Written by Oscar Wilde, 1895
Performed June 3rd and 4th at The Newton Cultural Center Auditorium in Newton City Hall and June 10th and 11th at Gregorian Rugs (Newton Lower Falls), 2016
After exploring French classical theatre with a Molière production the previous spring, NTC decided to hop across the channel with one of Oscar Wilde's most famous creations: The Importance of Being Earnest.
The play follows the exploits of Jack Worthing, a British gentleman who attempts to separate his different social spheres by passing as "Jack" in the country and "Ernest" in town. Jack is madly in love with Gwendolyn, the cousin of his best friend, Algernon, and hopes to marry her. However, Jack's prospects look bleak after Gwendolyn's mother, Lady Bracknell, deems him unworthy to join the family. To make matters worse, Algernon discovers the secret his friend has been hiding in the country: a beautiful young ward named Cecily. With mistaken identities, witty repartee, and scathing social commentary delivered with the utmost courtesy, it's no surprise that this play has been delighting audiences for over a century.
Jack Worthing: Ian Thornley
Algernon Moncreiff: Eliott Purcell
Reverend Canon Chasuble: Paul Walsh
Merriman/Lane: Matt Goldstein
Lady Bracknell: Linda Goetz
Gwendolyn Fairfax: Pam Pistiner
Cecily Cardew: Marisa Gold
Miss Prism: Emily Kuvin