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

THE CAST OF CHARACTERS
(in order of appearance)

Lane/Understudy Algernon ………………………… David Hollinshead

Algernon Moncrieff …………………………. Xander Williams

John Worthing …………………………Liam McCulley

Lady Bracknell ………………………… Alison Schamberger

Gwendolen Fairfax ………………………… Hannah Everett

Cecily Cardew ………………………… Maesie Kost

Miss Prism, Governess Geneva Perkins Merriman/
Understudy Gwendolen ……………………………… Sarah Prato

Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D.  ………………………… Matt Loop

 

THE PRODUCTION TEAM

DIRECTOR ………………………… Joan Bryans

PRODUCTION MANAGER ………………………… Alison Schamberger

STAGE MANAGER ………………………… Chrysta Webster

ASM/PROPERTIES ………………………… Barbara Walsh

SET DESIGNER ………………………… Anne Savill

COSTUME DESIGNER ………………………… Claire Turner

SOUND DESIGNER ………………………… Roger Monk

LIGHTING DESIGNER ………………………… Amelia Wagenaar

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR ………………………… Les Erskine

ASSISTANT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR ………………………… Alex Ross

GENERAL MANAGER ………………………… Les Erskine

SCENIC CARPENTER …………………………. Robin Richardson

SET DECORATION ………………………….. Daisy Fung

SCENIC PAINTER ………………………….. Emily Dotson

COSTUME/PROPERTIES MANAGER …………………………. Claire Turner

PUBLICITY / WEBMINDER …………………………….. Debra Danny

GRAPHIC DESIGN ………………………………. Barbara LaBounta

PROMO PHOTOS PHOTOGRAPHER …………………………… Nancy Caldwell

PRODUCTION PHOTOS PHOTOGRAPHER ……………………… Tracy Lynn Chernaske

Director’s Talk

Join director Joan Bryans and the cast of The Importance of Being Earnest immediately following the show on Friday, November 11, 2022 for an informal chat about:

  1. The challenges of having only one intermission in a three act play.
  2. Nothing to be learned from it, no moral, no message – what’s in it for us then?
  3. How to talk like Ernest…. The Wildean style

After which, Joan will open the session up for questions from the audience.

There is no additional charge for the Director’s Talk, just stay in your seats or move up a bit closer to the stage – allowing for social distancing at all times.
The session will last approximately 20 minutes.

Our PRODUCTION Album was photographed by Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

Check out our PROMO Album shot by photographer Nancy Caldwell

These awesome REHEARSAL PHOTOS document the show from the first readthru to the final rehearsals on the stage leading up to the preview.
Photos taken by Chrysta Webster, Barbara Walsh and Alison Schamberger

FAST FACTS:
The Importance of Being Earnest

SHOW TIMES:

Evening Performances at 8 pm:
November 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19

Matinee Performances at 2 pm:
November 6, 13 and 20

All current COVID protocols practiced

SHOW RUN:

Nov 5-20, 2022

Director’s Talk is Friday Nov 11, 2022 – immediately following the performance

The Preview is on Friday Nov 4, 2022 – it is the final dress rehearsal.

  • Running Time: approx 2 Hours 10 minutes  including intermission.

LOCATION:

1370 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC.  Next to the on-ramp to the Arthur Laing Bridge by Marine Drive and Granville .

 

TICKET PRICING:

Adults $34.50 | Students/Seniors $31.50

Thursday Special 2 tickets for $50
The Preview is $25

~ GST and fees are additional

* Group Discounts available

Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office 604 266 7191 or purchased on line TICKETS

 

BOX OFFICE WINDOWS HOURS:

BOX OFFICE OPENS 4:30pm on Performance Days

Voicemail or email responses at other times
Box Office Phone: 604 266 7191

LICENSED LOUNGE HOURS:

Performance Evenings – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Performance Matinees – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

PARKING:

There is plenty of easy parking – in the parking lot, on the street, even reasonable  ‘All Evening Parking’  at the Value Liquor Store Lot just up the street from Metro – 1450 SW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6P 5Z9

BUS ROUTES:

We’re close to the Marpole bus loop and on the #10 route. Check out www.translink.ca for transit directions.

 

CONTACT:

Metro Theatre  via the contact form at the bottom of this page for more information, publicity photos, and arrangements for interviews.

Metro Theatre is a non-profit theatre company, dedicated to promoting and developing theatre arts.  This is our 59th Season, in our 60th Jubilee Year, of bringing laughter, intrigue and surprise to live audiences. The Importance of Being Earnest is our 533rd show.

 

THE STORY

Two carefree young bachelors, Jack Worthing and Algie Moncrieff, each create alter egos to bring some excitement into their lives. Jack has created Ernest when he lives in the city.  There Gwendolyn lives, whom he loves and who will only love a man named Ernest. “The only really safe name is Ernest”.

When Algie finds out about Jack’s alter ego, he takes on the identity of Ernest himself to visit Jack’s house in the country.  There he meets Jack’s ward Cecily who thinks that Ernest is Jack’s brother.  Algie is instantly attracted to her and to his amazement, finds out that Cecily, having heard tales of him from her guardian, has been secretly in love with this Ernest for some time.  But she too is enamored with the name Ernest  “I pity any poor married woman whose husband is not called Ernest”.

Things quickly begin to unravel for all concerned when Jack arrives at his country estate, shortly followed by Gwendolyn and then her redoubtable mother Lady Bracknell.

Amongst the cucumber sandwiches, alter egos are laid bare with Jack admitting that he assumed the name of “Ernest” so that he could visit Gwendolen often and Algie admitting that he pretended to be “Ernest” in order to meet Cecily.

When all seems lost for the hapless pair,  an infamous handbag, with the help of lady Bracknell saves the day.

Fast-paced and sometimes biting, the play abounds with hidden romance mistaken identities, deceptions and secrets all wrapped up in the most glorious wit.  One of the cleverest comedies by one of the greatest writers of the English language.