Hollywood Fringe Festival's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Plays Matinee Today

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Hollywood Fringe Festival's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Plays Matinee TodayQueer Classics re-imagines one of the most popular comedic plays ever written - Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, by presenting the four lovers in the story as dashing gay men. In response to rave reviews, a performance has been added today, June 21 at 1pm.

Two couples fight for the right to be engaged in this masterful satire written by Oscar Wilde, arrested in 1895 for "gross indecency with men." This timeless story galavants through a world obsessed with appearances, money and social-status. By presenting the four lovers as gay men, the parallels with today's Hollywood and American culture make for searing fun.

"Each of these talented actors mined new meaning into the script, creating more laughter throughout the play than I have ever experienced before," raves Shari Barrett at BroadwayWorld.com. Rob Stevens of HainesHisWay.com calls the production "... delirious fun," and Toby Jacobs at NeonTommy.com says, "... everyone seems to have a real blast onstage, and it shows in their performances. It is hard to recall a version of 'Earnest' that was quite this much fun."

Directed by Casey Kringlen, the cast features (in alphabetical order) Eric DeLoretta, Jeff Elam, Grant Jordan, Nancy La Scala, Mason McCulley, Philip Orazio, Boone Platt, and Megan Soule. Queer Classics is dedicated to sharing classic stories re-imagined through a queer lens - art for the LGBTQ community and its supporters. This production of Earnest is part of the City of West Hollywood's One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, which this year celebrates marriage equality and runs through June 30. To see a full roster of events please visit www.weho.org/pride.

Tickets for the added performance of The Importance of Being Earnest are $20 and may be obtained online at www.hollywoodfringe.org or by phone at (323) 455-4585. Previously announced performances are Thursday, June 19 at 8:30pm and Sunday, June 22 at 11am.

The Let Live Theatre at the Actors Company is located at 916 N. Formosa Avenue in Los Angeles, 90036. Street and lot parking are available.

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