By Oscar Wilde
July 12 - 28, 2018 (Tues - Sat @ 7:30pm / Sat Matinee @ 2pm)
Teatro La Quindicina has always endeavoured to provide July audiences with something that’s just a bit deluxe, and this season’s offering is certainly no exception. For the first time ever, we’re presenting Oscar Wilde’s best known comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, one of the greatest, not to mention funniest, plays in the English language. This epigram-packed tale of mistaken identities (deliberate and accidental) and romantic negotiations (unwitting and pre-meditated) is replete with the kind of articulate whimsy Teatro audiences most adore, and we’re thrilled to be presenting it at the Varscona Theatre from July 12th through 28th.
The cast is a who’s who of company favourites led by Mark Meer and Ron Pederson as Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, a pair of men-about-town (and country) who both occasionally answer to the name of Ernest. The dewy (yet formidable) objects of their respective affections are Louise Lambert and Shannon Blanchet as Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew, joined by Cathy Derkach as the put-open governess Miss Prism, Julien Arnold as the accommodating Canon Chasuble, Mat Busby as both a butler (Lane) AND a manservant (Merriman). And finally, grandly adorning the prow of this worthy comedic vessel, there is Leona Brausen, in her first assumption of the unceasingly hilarious role of the imperious Lady Bracknell.
Director Jeff Haslam animates the proceedings with dexterity and insouciance, and the elegantly airy evocations of both city and country life are created by set designer Chantel Fortin and lighting designer Stephanie Bahniuk. Costume designer Robert Shannon outfits all in the most grandly spiffing looks of 1895, and stage manager Michelle Chan is on hand with an endless supply of cucumber sandwiches.
The Importance of Being Earnest plays July 12 to July 28. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, with Saturday matinees at 2:00pm. Performances are at The Varscona Theatre, 10329 - 83 Avenue. Tickets on Wednesday through Saturday evenings are $42.00 regular, and $37.00 for Students and Seniors (65+). All Saturday matinee tickets are $25.00. Tuesday evening performances are Pay-What-You-Can (at the door only)!
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