The cast of The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Bob Carlton, at the Walnut Street Theatre.
The cast of The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Bob Carlton, at the Walnut Street Theatre.
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The Importance of Being Earnest begins performances tonight at Walnut Street Theatre.

The play is described as follows: "One can never be too (two) Earnest. The results would be a world filled with chaos, mistaken identity and uncontrollable laughter! The Importance of Being Earnest tells the story of two bachelor friends, dandy Algernon Moncrieff and reliable John (Jack) Worthington, as they take on double lives to court the attentions of the desirable Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. But the gallants must then grapple with the uproarious consequences of their ruse… and with the formidable Lady Bracknell. Oscar Wilde's much loved and exhilarating masterpiece, with its high comedy and witty dialogue, have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play."

Bob Carlton directs the cast composed of Kevin Bergen (Lane), Jake Blouch (John Worthington), Daniel Fredrick (Algernon Moncrieff), Mary Martello (Lady Bracknell), Ellie Mooney (Miss Prism), Peter Schmitz (Rev. Canon Chasuble), Alanna J. Smith (Cecily Cardew), and Lauren Sowa (Gwendolen Fairfax).

The creative team includes Robert Koharchik (scenic design), Mark Mariani (costume design), Stuart Duke (lighting design), and Elizabeth Atkinson (sound design).

Performances continue through April 30.

For more information and tickets, click here.