The Importance of Being Earnest | Athenaeum Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Importance of Being Earnest The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 31 2016

Producers of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners have a tendency to let character take a backseat to the playwright's superhuman back-and-forth. This three-hour, two-intermission staging by Dead Writers Theatre Collective is no exception, although Jack Dryden's unabashedly fabulous Algernon fares better than usual. An ambiguously gay duo (less ambiguous here, by design) "Bunbury" their way through the English countryside and get caught up in a mess of lies and high-society expectations. In a play that skewers indulgence, director Jim Schneider's ensemble occasionally heighten Wilde's comedy in all the wrong ways, but the delicate, cupcake-like design, fashioned after a Victorian toy theater, is a delight throughout. —Dan Jakes

Price: $42, $32 seniors, $27 students and children


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