The Theater: Frivolity's Finest Hour

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by OSCAR WILDE

Adroit, stylish, nimble, this is a first-rate revival of a classic. Here is Wilde, the autocrat of the dining table, drop ping epigrams like pearls before wine.

With The Importance of Being Ear nest Wilde raises frivolity to high fash ion, attains a comic nirvana through sheer nonsense. Apart from a wonderfully sly-tongued cast, which this production has, the play demands a director who can crack the combination of its elegant wit and satirical wisdom with the silky fingers of a safe robber. Stephen Porter is...

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