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.
Includes an interview with director Michael Hackett, professor of Theater in the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA.
An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:
James Marsters as Jack
Charles Busch as Lady Bracknell
Emily Bergl as Cecily
Neil Dickson as Lane and Merriman
Jill Gascoine as Miss Prism
Christopher Neame as Chasuble
Matthew Wolf as Algernon
Sarah Zimmerman as Gwendolen
Directed by Michael Hackett. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.
©2009 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2009 L.A. Theatre Works
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.
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.
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.
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
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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