Video: The Importance of Being Earnest

Several cast members discuss Oscar Wilde’s whimsical romantic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest presented by UW-Green Bay Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 to 25 and Mar. 1 to 4 in the Jean Weidner Theatre of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

The story follows two young gentlemen, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrief, under the guise of a “fictitious” brother named Ernest as they seek the love of the ravishing Gwendolyn and an attractive ward, Cecily. All goes well until both couples end up at the same country estate in this sharp-witted satire of Victorian society.

The play will be directed by UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance Prof. John Mariano.

Prof. Mariano says the play is one of his favorites. “Oscar Wilde is a fascinating figure and this play is his masterpiece,” said Mariano. “Wilde elevates the British comedy of manners to its greatest heights. The play has been produced around the world since its first production and continues to shine its comic light on the distance between our public image and our private selves.”

Mariano says one of the great things about his job is that he gets to tackle projects that give him the opportunity to work with students on enduring pieces of theater like this brilliant and very funny play.

Tickets are on sale at UTIC, online at or by calling 920-465-2400.

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