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The Importance Of Being Earnest

"The Importance Of Being Earnest," a comedy of mistaken identity by Oscar Wilde, was presented on June 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, & 11, 2006 at the St. Francis University as the 4th play of the 73rd season.

Oscar Wilde's most successful play, "The Importance of Being Earnest,"became an instant hit when it opened in London, England, in February, 1895, running for eighty-six performances. The play has remained popular with audiences ever since, vying with Wilde's 1890 novel The Portrait of Dorian Gray as his most recognized work. The play proves vexing to critics, though, for it resists categorization.

When Earnest opened, Wilde was already familiar to readers for Dorian Gray, as well as for collections of fairy tales, stories, and literary criticism. Theatre-goers knew him for his earlier dramatic works, including three previous successes, Lady Windermere's Fan (1892), A Women of No Importance (1893), and An Ideal Husband (1895), as well as for his more controversial play, Salome (1896), which was banned in Britain for its racy (by nineteenth century standards) sexual content.

The Importance of Being Earnest has been favorably compared with William Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night and Restoration plays like Richard Brinsley Sheridan's School for Scandal and Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer. While it is generally acknowledged that Wilde's play owes a debt to these works, critics have contended that the playwright captures something unique about his era, reworking the late Victorian melodramas and stage romances to present a farcical, highly satiric work—though audiences generally appraise the play as simply great fun.

Production Staff and Cast:

Production Staff


Mary Earley

Assistant Director

Patrick L. Green


Chuck Peterson

Stage Manager

Eric Clement

Lights & Sound Operator

Mike Manolakes


Algernon Moncrieff

Joshua M.L. Lozano

Jack Worthing

Patrick L. Green

Rev. Canon Chasuble

Chuck Peterson


Stephen McHugh

Lady Bracknell

Sue Martin

Gwendoline Fairfax

Nina LaScelles

Cecily Cardew

Kirby O'Connell

Miss Prism

Terri Lopez


Courtney Ticsay



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