Extra! Extra! The Importance of Being Earnest

You enjoy a good turn of phrase.  You’ve even been known to cut someone a little extra slack if they made proper use of a good pun whilst administering some kind of offense.  Wit and cleverness are tantamount – obviously.  Oscar Wilde had, one could say, his way with words.  From farce to satire and back again, Mr. Wilde is known for many things, chief among them his ability to utilize one word’s many meanings in one instance.  Case in point, his play The Importance of Being Earnest.

You’ll remember Rupert Everet giving the play a run, on film of course, and you’ll likely be familiar with the general storyline: a land-owning Brit in Hertfordshire leading a double life as both responsible-guardian-Jack and debauchery-hunting-Earnest.  Full of perfectly British names (and their corresponding stereotypes), Earnest is fun, quick-moving, and full of mishaps that force Jack, er Earnest, to come clean.

After the enormous, while short-lived, success of The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde never wrote another play – perhaps because he was imprisoned for being thought a homosexual.  As many authority figures have doubtlessly learned, though, genius, like Mr. Wilde’s, can’t be quelled by a little jail time.  Nor should your getting to see such wit in action be stymied by a little thing like tickets!  Readers, you have found yourself amidst yet another of our Extra! Extra! ticket giveaways.

The performance of The Importance of Being Earnest comes as part of the “Wicked Wilde Shakespeare Festival” running through June 27 at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica and we’ve got tickets to Thursday evening’s performance!  (That’s Thursday, June 10 at 8pm for the people in the back.)

Here’s the drill: we need your first name, last name, and email address and – voila – you’ll be hopping across the pond for a taste of British wit courtesy of the ever important Oscar Wilde.

(Click here if tickets are nothing to be trifled with and you’d prefer to purchase some.)

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