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The Importance of Being Earnest - 2011 - Broadway

$67 - $117

The Importance of Being Earnest is a glorious comedy of mistaken identity, which ridicules codes of propriety and etiquette. Dashing men-about-town John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff pursue fair ladies Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Matters are complicated by the imaginary characters invented by both men to cover their on-the-sly activities - not to mention the disapproval of Gwendolen's mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell.

Schedule

Running Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, with two intermissions

American Airlines Theatre

(New York, NY)
229 W. 42nd St. Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For The Importance of Being Earnest


The Importance of Being Earnest - Backstage
For a lesson in playing brittle and brilliant farce, head to the American Airlines Theatre for a near-perfect staging of "The Importance of Being Earnest," Oscar Wilde's whimsical 1895 classic. Director Brian Bedford, who is also starring in drag as Lady Bracknell, remembers that Wilde originally subtitled his play "A Serious Comedy for Trivial People." Bedford has his company play the shallow objectives of the upper-crust Victorian characters with complete seriousness, rather than going for the obvious laughs. Highly stylized and sleekly staged, this is probably the funniest and sharpest production of the comedy, a favorite on regional and community stages, I've ever seen.

Dark Secrets Get Exposed in 'Desert'; Wilde's Too-Tame 'Earnest' - Bloomberg News
Bedford is purse-lipped and aloof as Lady Bracknell, a gorgon of mock-scandalized calm floating through Desmond Heeley’s sensuous sets. A profusion of roses spills like raindrops in the garden scene and the young ladies-in-waiting (for marriage) are dollishly trussed by Heeley in white and pink. The uneven cast is brightened by two other fine veterans, Dana Ivey and Paxton Whitehead, as the dour Miss Prism and the befuddled Reverend Chasuble. They add the dose of satire the production otherwise lacks.


 

The Importance of Being Earnest Broadway Cast



 

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by Roundabout Theatre Company - June 22, 2011
Star Profile: Name: Jessie Austrian Show: The Importance of Being Earnest Character: Gwendolen Fairfax
by Joseph F. Panarello - June 15, 2011
One of the nicest aspects of seeing a play in The Roundabout's beautiful American Airlines Theatre is that it has fine acoustics. Little, if any, amplification is used when drama or comedies are staged at that venue do nothing stands between the actors' voices and the audience's ears. Such is the case with the charming revival of Oscar Wilde's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST which will be presented there until June 26th.
by BWW News Desk - June 3, 2011
Final weeks have begun for the limited engagement of Roundabout Theatre Company's critically acclaimed and Tony nominated production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford as 'Lady Bracknell.' The final performance of the 28-week run will be Sunday, June 26th at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd St.).
by BWW News Desk - June 2, 2011
Roundabout Theatre Company's (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) critically acclaimed Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford, was filmed live with multiple high definition cameras during public performances on March 11 and 12, 2011 at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd St.).
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2011
Roundabout Theatre Company, L.A. Theatre Works and BY Experience are thrilled to announce additional dates and venues for the upcoming screening of Roundabout's critically acclaimed & Tony Award nominated Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring 2011 Tony nominee Brian Bedford.
by BWW News Desk - April 30, 2011
Brian Bedford, star and director of Roundabout Theatre Company's new Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, will be featured on WQXR Radio (105.9 FM) at 11AM on Saturday, April 30th hosted by Elliott Forrest.
by BWW News Desk - April 29, 2011
Brian Bedford, star and director of Roundabout Theatre Company's new Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, will be featured on WQXR Radio (105.9 FM) at 11AM on Saturday, April 30th hosted by Elliott Forrest.
by BWW News Desk - April 15, 2011
Brian Bedford, star and director of Roundabout Theatre Company's The Importance of Being Earnest, and The New York Times' Ben Brantley will be featured on NY1 'The New York Times Closeup' in an interview with Sam Roberts this Saturday, April 16th at 10PM on Channel 1.
by BroadwayWorld TV - April 14, 2011
Screenings begin accros the U.S. and internationally on June 2 with other varying dates through June 30. For more information, visit http://www.EarnestHD.com. View the trailer now by clicking below!
by Movies News Desk - April 11, 2011
Roundabout Theatre Company, L.A. Theatre Works and BY Experience are thrilled to announce dates and venues for the upcoming screening of Roundabout's critically acclaimed Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford.
by BroadwayWorld TV - April 11, 2011
Roundabout Theatre Company, L.A. Theatre Works and BY Experience are thrilled to announce dates and venues for the upcoming screening of Roundabout's critically acclaimed Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford. Click below for a sneak peek of the filmed material!
by BWW News Desk - April 11, 2011
Roundabout Theatre Company, L.A. Theatre Works and BY Experience are thrilled to announce dates and venues for the upcoming screening of Roundabout's critically acclaimed Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford.
by BWW News Desk - March 22, 2011
Roundabout Theatre Company has announced that Brian Murray, Jayne Houdyshell and Jessie Austrian will join the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford as 'Lady Bracknell,' at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway.
by BWW News Desk - March 16, 2011
Tonight Tuesday, March 15th, Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is thrilled to celebrate the 100th performance of the new Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford as 'Lady Bracknell,' at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd St.).
by BWW News Desk - March 15, 2011
Tonight Tuesday, March 15th, Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is thrilled to celebrate the 100th performance of the new Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford as 'Lady Bracknell,' at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd St.).
by BWW News Desk - March 3, 2011
Roundabout Theatre Company's (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) critically acclaimed Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford, will be filmed live with multiple high definition cameras during public performances on March 11 and 12, 2011 at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd St.).
by BWW News Desk - March 1, 2011
Roundabout Theatre Company's (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) critically acclaimed Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford, will be filmed live with multiple high definition cameras during public performances on March 11 and 12, 2011 at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd St.).