Los Angeles: January 15-March 5, Ahmanson Theatre
Columbus: March 9-12, Southern
New Haven: March 14-19,
Phoenix: March 23-26,
New York: April 18-May 14, BAM
by Oscar Wilde
"New Yorkers who have not yet had the pleasure should
therefore pay a visit to the Brooklyn Academy of Music" --
The New York Times
"Redgrave understands the play’s opera-buffa elements,
and she adds to them by taking charge of her role with the single-minded
aggression of the lone fag hag in a gay bar."
Jack loves Gwendolen.
Algernon loves Cecily. The women, too, are in love, with men
they believe to be called Ernest - “that name that inspires absolute
While Gwendolen’s Ernest seems perfectly honorable, Cecily’s is
ostensibly wicked. Yet both have bent the truth and neither is quite
who he says he is. The four lovers find themselves together in the
country, snared in romantic entanglements only the sharp wit of
Oscar Wilde could devise and resolve.
Sir Peter Hall directs the Center Theatre Group production of the Oscar
Wilde classic. Lynn Redgrave takes on the role of Lady Bracknell. The cast
includes Miriam Margolyes, Terence Rigby, Bianco Amato,
Charlotte Parry, Robert Petkoff, James Waterston, Geddeth Smith, James
Stephens, Greg Felden, Margaret Daly and Diane Landers.
"This is a faithful, genial production, composed of
crisp, lucid performances and unfussy staging." -- Steven Oxman,
"Wilde's Importance of Being Earnest Shines With
Lynn Redgrave" -- Stephen West,
"A Winning Wilde" -- Jeff Favre,
Los Angeles Downtown News
"Hilarious Fun" -- Kerry Lengel,
"The most outstanding performance of the play would have
to go to Lady Bracknell, played by Lynn Redgrave. Redgrave,
nominated for Tony and Academy Awards, delivers a commanding performance.
Her remarkable stage presence carries her hilarious character to new
heights and leaves the audience constantly laughing and shocked by her
witty and fierce dialogue." -- Ruchika Gupta,