The Theatre: Old Play in Manhattan: Jan. 23, 1939

The Importance of Being Earnest (by Oscar Wilde; produced by Richard Aldrich & Richard Myers) is 44 years old, and looks it. In a way this is a compliment, for most farces of 44 look twice their age. In Wilde's long stage joke of what happens when one young man invents an invalid friend and another young man invents a dissolute brother, there are still pleasant stretches. Lady Bracknell, "a monster without being a myth," is still an amusing snob. Miss Prism is still a funny old maid. And Wilde is still the...

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