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
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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.
Yes, but that's because it's a play and plays are boring to read because they're meant to be experienced.
Earnest :) The coy answer is the only answer because the confusion of two Earnests is great.
I'm in love with James Marsters's voice. He reads most of the Dresden Files series and I can't get enough of him as Spike on Buffy. He's good with accents and he seems like a fun actor to work with and an all around likeable guy. If you like your guys sarcastic and witty, then he adds just the right flavor to this somewhat scoundrel of a dude.
I smiled a lot while listening to this and found it a pleasant listen for a walk.
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James Marsters is a uniquely talented actor in that he not only displays enviable skills among others working within the trade, he is undoubtedly extremely intelligent, insightful, thoughtful and willing to invest the efforts to "undress" the authors he represents. He not only presents a commendable performance of the obvious intent, meaning, etc, he is one of few actors who possess the ability to see the influences, subtle meanings and even unintended revelations of an author's work. His insight seems to give him access to intent even the authors themselves didn't consciously acknowledge.
Enjoy a classic playwright as performed by an equally genius classical actor!
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