This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence."
Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.
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It was interesting to finally hear this play. You can see almost at once how this story profoundly affected the next fifty years or so of British books, movies, and television.
I though it was the Monty Python crew who had invented that zany kind of comedy. Now, I'd say they just updated and perfected what they learned from this play.
And that too-clever and insanely fast banter of old British movies? Yup, it seems to come from this play as well.
The play is a bit dated now, of course, but was still funny and very fascinating to listen to.
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A must read for anyone with a refined sense of humor.
This is an audio recording of the play with a live audience, so that really added to the flavor.
Although I've seen the movie, I'd never read - or listened to - the original play, so I was excited when I came across this audiobook performance on Audible. It didn't disappoint. I loved the story of mistaken identities, long-lost family and rich people's shenanigans, and the characters were all charming and endearing in their own way. The language is obviously gorgeous and witty, and it was brilliantly delivered by the actors in this edition. It all flowed really well and was just a delight to listen to.
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This dramatization is excellently done and hilarious! Why not get this classic? The 15 minutes of commentary at the end was worth a lot also. It enlightened the play. It was easily listened to at 1.5X speed. Hope this helps. Later.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
I love "The Importance of Being Earnest" and have seen and heard a number of productions. Being also a fan of James Marsters, I bought this with great anticipation. It's respectable, but it was ruined for me by the actor (yes, actor!) playing Lady Bracknell. One of the great female parts in the theater, Lady Bracknell deserves more than just the novelty of being played by a man. No objection in this of all plays to gender-bending, but it just didn't work in this case. See if you can find "The Importance of Being Earnest" from BBC, with Joan Plowright in the role.
Not really, but hearing it was so cool. Hearing the performance made me appreciate the story that much more.
Ha! Anytime James Marsters spoke I stood to attention.
This little listen was just fun. I loved it because I wanted something short and funny for an afternoon. This was just perfect. I recommend sitting in the lounge chair with a spirit of your choice, headphones, and your eyes closed!
I read this from my computer at work and could often be heard giggling. I truly had no idea how it was going to end, right up until it did. Highly recommend!
I love Wilde, but this was even more fun than I expected. Interesting commentary by the production's director afterwards. Yes.
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