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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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.
All the actors were good and the play was performed quite well. If you like the movie, you will enjoy this full cast audio production.
Society is ridiculous.
The twist ending was so absurd it was wonderful.
I love James Marsters so it would have to be Jack Worthing.
I really enjoyed this production of The Importance of being Earnest. I had forgotten how brilliant Wilde is at playing with language.
Oh my goodness. This performance is all of the things that this play deserves. The recording quality is top-notch and the interpretation of the absurd wit is excellent.
The plot contains all the usual Victorian tropes: Instant love, mistaken identity, misunderstandings, and a misplaced handbag.
I will be listening to this one again and again, whenever I need a break from the unfunny absurdity of life.
This was fun to listen to, but what was great too was the discussion afterward with the Professor of Theater who discussed Oscar Wilde, his work, his life, and how this play fit with society and people's ideas in that era.
The actors were wonderful, especially James Marsters! I could really imagine myself in that theater.
Hearing it acted out makes it so much funnier. While it is very funny to read there is something spectacular about hearing it acted out.
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