The Importance of Being Earnest
Metro Theatre Vancouver is pleased to stage the madcap farce, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, and directed by Joan Bryans, November 5 – 20, 2022.
The title of the comedy is a play on words, with the two men deceiving those around them by using the name Ernest, while the word ”earnest” means both serious and sincere. The play is anything but serious, and the characters are anything but sincere in their names.
Mr. Wilde pokes fun at the ridiculousness of human behaviour, to tell a story that is both incredibly clever and undeniably silly. Mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers entanglements still delights audiences more than a century after its 1895 publication and premiere performance. The rapid-fire wit and eccentric characters of The Importance of Being Earnest have made it a mainstay of theatre.
Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor. Jack Worthing has wooed Gwendolen as Ernest while Algernon has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Jack’s ward, Cecily. When all four arrive at Jack’s country home on the same weekend the “rivals” to fight for Ernest’s undivided attention and the “Ernests” to claim their beloveds – pandemonium breaks loose. Only a senile nursemaid and an old, discarded hand-bag can save the day!
“A tale of mistaken identities, lovers’ entanglements, rapid fire wit, cucumber sandwiches, and the most famous handbag in theatrical history. “ Joan Bryans, Director.
Tickets: $31.50 Senior/Student or $34.50 Adult (plus GST) can be reserved by calling
the Box Office 604 266 7191 or Purchase Tickets