Friday, July 22, 2011

Flashback Friday: The Importance of Being Ernest

The Importance of Being Ernest
by Oscar Wilde
Live performance featuring James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, Neil Dickson, Jill Gascoine, Christopher Neame and, Matthew Wolf
2.0 hours

    Product Description (taken from, the goto site for L.A. Theater Works' audios:)
    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence."

    Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    My journal entry of 05/24/2010:

    > Even though I have seen and read the play a few times, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST bears up under repeated scrutiny. The performance by L.A. Theater Works (starring James Marsters) had me laughing aloud, delivering the lines with excellent comic timing and all the appropriate absurdity. As an audio-only performance, the listener might expect to feel cheated in not being able to see the actors, but it's a testament to Oscar Wilde's writing and the performers that nothing was lost in this rendition. My only quibble was the inclusion of an interview with the director afterward: It simply wasn't interesting.

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  1. I've not ventured into audio theater. This does sound pretty interesting, though. I just might have to give it a try.

    Hope you're enjoying your lobster!

  2. We have review copies of 5 titles (10 copies each) available from L.A. Theatre Works in our Solid Gold Reviewer program.