Emily Schweich | DC Metro Theater Arts
"Oscar Wilde’s final show is subtitled “a trivial comedy for serious people,” and when it premiered in 1895, it was comparatively trivial. Two men, each pretending to be a man named Ernest, two women who feel destined to love a man named Ernest, and an imposing old aunt with strong beliefs about marriage are just a few of this play’s quirky characters. Critics called The Importance of Being Earnest a “verbal opera” when it premiered because the plot seemed too ridiculous to be performed without music. But a deeper look at the play suggests that it is much more than a farce – it’s a subtle commentary on social conventions and the alternative identities we construct to get by. Seamless sets and rich costumes stole the show in the University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies’ production of this Victorian classic."
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Photo: The cast of The Importance of Being Earnest at The Clarice (Stan Barouh via DC Metro Theater Arts)