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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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This Was Fun!

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

Not really, but hearing it was so cool. Hearing the performance made me appreciate the story that much more.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Importance of Being Earnest?

Ha! Anytime James Marsters spoke I stood to attention.

Any additional comments?

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!

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This was entertaining - very well done!

This was entertaining and very well done. I enjoyed the small bouts of audience reaction.

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Extremely entertaining!

I really enjoyed this story and the performance made it definitely come to life! I would recommend that everyone put this on their to read list.

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  • Prime Time
  • MARSHFIELD, MA, United States
  • 03-17-15

Giggling while reading

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!

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  • ZB
  • Savannah, GA United States
  • 02-01-15

Fabulous

I love Wilde, but this was even more fun than I expected. Interesting commentary by the production's director afterwards. Yes.

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Delilghtful Parody of Victorian Life

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

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Utter absurdity and profound hilarity

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.

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That was amazing

I did not know it was that funny. The performance, the story the wit, everything about this production is great. Just buy it

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  • Diana
  • Antelope Valley, CA, United States
  • 09-09-14

Enjoyable - especially liked discussion afterward

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.

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Well acted and very funny!

What made the experience of listening to The Importance of Being Earnest the most enjoyable?

The actors were wonderful, especially James Marsters! I could really imagine myself in that theater.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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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