Approved for All Ages
The Importance of Being Earnest – Edited
Two dashing bachelors, Algernon Moncrieff and Jack Worthing (Rupert Everett and Colin Firth), have devised a clever way to dodge unwanted social and emotional commitments. Unfortunately and coincidentally, each presents himself to different family members as “Earnest.” When Jack falls in love with Algernon’s cousin Gwendolen (Frances O’Connor) and Algernon falls for Jack’s innocent 18-year-old ward, Cecily (Reese Witherspoon), their lives become entangled in a comical web of deceit. Gwendolen’s mother, Algernon’s Aunt Augusta (Judi Dench), puts Jack/Ernest through a grueling but hilarious questioning to prove he’s a suitable suitor. Based on Oscar Wilde’s wildly (no pun intended) imaginative, witty stage play set in 1890s England, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is a real summer treat for teenagers and adults fascinated by the Victorian era.