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Publisher's Summary

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

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Brilliant

I love this!!! It makes me laugh every time and I could read it and listen to it over and over again.

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A Quite Amusing Play

This is a play full of fun word play and Shakespearean like twists. The full cast really makes this one and it's well worth a listen.

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  • Andrew
  • FAIR OAKS, CA, United States
  • 10-07-14

Brilliant and hilarious

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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.

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Fuuuuuunny!

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.

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The inspiration for much that followed.

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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So Funny

This is one of the most well-written plays I've ever come across. The humor never let's up and the performance from all players in this recording could not be better.

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Oscar Wilde Speaks to My Heart

Would you listen to The Importance of Being Earnest again? Why?

Yes. It was short and fantastic.

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I have always loved this play and this audio production was absolutely wonderful. Just splendid.

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A great play!!! And great fun!!

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

They are good all as one,did not think I'd like a piece as an audiobook.But I love it, have already listened to it twice.

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So much fun!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Importance of Being Earnest to be better than the print version?

This is a play and MUST be read aloud!

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

I loved ALL the character readers. They did a marvelous job and had spectacular timing in the execution of the punch lines. :)

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book definitely made me laugh out loud many times while listening along.

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Delightful!

An excellent, hilarious play, well voiced and just great fun. I think Wilde would be well pleased. How I wish history could go back and apologize for all the wrongs done him.

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