The BYU Department of Theatre and Media Arts presents The Importance of Being Earnest, a classic comedy by Oscar Wilde, beginning Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and playing through Nov. 12.
This comic masterpiece untangles the double lives of two well-to-do society-gentlemen, both of whom have assumed the same alias in order to escape the doldrums of everyday life. Mistaken identities, a mysterious friend named Bunbury and a misplaced handbag lead to unexpected turns in Oscar Wilde’s time-honored tour de force of cleverness and charm.
“People should come see the show because it’s a great time,” said Stephen Moore, who plays the roles of Lane and Merriman. “It’s hilarious and has a talented cast and crew behind it ready to entertain.”
TMA is pleased to present both The Importance of Being Earnest and Travesties simultaneously. Travesties, which begins Nov. 11, is heavily inspired by Earnest and though able to stand alone, the scripts for the two plays share a comparable relationship.
“There are many resonances between the two,” said Rodger Sorensen, director for The Importance of Being Earnest. “Earnest came before and in many ways inspired Travesties. However, our production of Earnest is also being influenced by our production Travesties and vice-versa. Even though the initial inspiration was linear in time, the influence now goes both ways.”
Audiences are encouraged to take the opportunity to also see Travesties beginning Nov. 11, and compare not only the two program notes, but also the productions.
Dates and Times: Oct. 28–29, Nov. 2–5, 8–12, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 2:00 p.m. (additional Saturday matinee performances)
Location: Pardoe Theatre, Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU
Tickets: Available in person at the BYU Ticket Office in the Harris Fine Arts Center or Marriott Center, by phone at 801-422-2981 or online at byuarts.com