The Im­por­tance of be­ing Earnest at Ge­orgeville

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The Ge­orgeville Troupe presents The Im­por­tance of Be­ing Earnest by Os­car Wilde, “a triv­ial com­edy for se­ri­ous peo­ple”, in the Mur­ray Me­mo­rial Hall, Ge­orgeville, Novem­ber 6th and 7th at 7:00 p.m. and Novem­ber 8th at 4:00 p.m. Tick­ets for adults, for for chil­dren un­der 16, are af­ford­able and avail­able by call­ing John Hoblyn 819 843 0886 or Mau­reen Cameron 819 574 0843 or by email, trevecca@ax­ion.ca.

Pos­si­bly the wit­ti­est com­edy in the English lan­guage, The Im­por­tance of Be­ing Earnest pokes gen­tle fun at class dis­tinc­tions in Vic­to­rian England and the pre­oc­cu­pa­tions of the idle rich.

John Wor­thing (Eric Alexan­dre) is known as “Ernest” in town (i.e., Lon­don) and as “Jack” in the coun­try. Jack faces many ob­sta­cles to his ro­man­tic union with Gwen­dolen (Mary Hill). One ob­sta­cle is pre­sented by Lady Brack­nell (Sarah Hoblyn), who ob­jects to what she refers to as Jack’s “ori­gins”. An­other ob­sta­cle is Gwen­dolen’s ob­ses­sion with the name “Ernest” since she does not know Jack’s real name. Al­ger­non (Charles Pea­cock) dis­cov­ers that Jack is lead­ing a dou­ble life and has a pretty young ward named Ce­cily (Ka­rina Chad­wick). The rev­e­la­tion of Jack’s ori­gins causes Lady Brack­nell to for­bid his union with Gwen­dolen. Al­ger­non vis­its Jack’s home in the coun­try where the plot thick­ens! Al­ger­non falls in love with Ce­cily and both men strive to over­come the nu­mer­ous ob­sta­cles and be able to marry their cho­sen ones. Are you con­fused? See the play and you will be re­lieved to hear that all ends hap­pily ever af­ter. The play is di­rected by Charles Pea­cock.

Wilde’s play show­cases his sense of hu­mour in full flight, and has de­lighted au­di­ences in count­less stage and film pro­duc­tions ever since it first ap­peared in 1896.

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