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.
©2009 L.A. Theatre Works; (P)2009 L.A. Theatre Works
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.
I found this hard to listen too. Which surprised me because of course I know that Oscar Wilde is a huge artist.......Oh well to each is own I guess
I enjoyed the way this was presented on Audible; it included the audience laughing and the applause, and the various actors narrating the characters made me feel like I was at the play. As far as the content of the play, I thought it was excellent. I liked the story line and laughed throughout. I thought this was highly entertaining and well done.
It was just silly, which i get is its intention and there are finer artistic notes and use of language and pun to make thoughtful remarks on the society of its time. But generally, i think this work would be better appreciated in print.
It was slap-stick- that's not really disappointing because i didn't know much about the story before i started it.
Maybe a different cast, the switching of names back and forth lends itself to multiple narrators. a single narrator would likely have a tough time differentiating between each speaker.
not really worth the time for me. i guess it could be worthwhile to someone. i was expecting better.
I always imagined Oscar Wilde as being a very serious writer. However there were several instances in this play were I couldn't breathe because I was laughing to hard. I've made everyone I know listen to it and everyone has thanked me for the experience. I definitely recommend this for you.
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