"In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity is the vital thing."

And no other play boasts more style than Oscar Wilde's enduring classic The Importance of Being Earnest, which opens Alumnae Theatre's 101st season.

Wilde's masterpiece directed by Barbara Larose is sure to entertain both newcomers and diehards of the piece. Just as current and witty as it was in 1895 when it was first introduced, Earnest looks at the triviality of form and manners over truth and substance.

However a few tweaks have been made in updating the seminal satirical farce. For Larose the opportunity to turn the role of Lane from a butler to a maid, "...especially as a female director approaching the piece, adds an extra dimension of sexism, something we've been discussing lately with the #MeToo movement."

Brenda Darling, President of Alumnae Theatre agrees. "Alumnae Theatre has always strived to shed light on the female voice in theatre. This season is really about powerful women looking for truth and substance in this world."

For Larose directing the The Importance of Being Earnest is even more personal. "It was the first play I ever saw. So I'm excited. We have a great cast and I can't wait to share it with a new generation."

The Importance of Being Earnest plays at Alumnae Theatre at 70 Berkeley Street from September 21 till October 6.

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The Alumnae Theatre Company is dedicated to the production of adventurous, high-quality theatre not readily seen elsewhere, and to the promotion and skill development of women in theatre.

The company is based in a beautiful theatre space, a converted firehall, at Berkeley and Adelaide streets in Toronto, Ontario (Canada). The space contains two stages, a rehearsal space, a workshop and a large wardrobe department. Alumnae produces a full season each year consisting of three productions on the Mainstage, as well as two festivals of new work in the Studio space, Fireworks and New Ideas Festival and the New Play Development program.

We are a club that consists of a membership of women volunteers who participate in all elements of the running of the theatre from acting, directing and writing to administration, artistic programming and management. Membership is open to all women. For more information, visit our Membership page.

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