The Importance of Being Earnest










The Importance of Being Earnest


Invites you to a pre-theater wine-and-cheese reception followed by a performance of
The Amateur Comedy Club production of

The Importance of Being Earnest 

by Oscar Wilde 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
6:30 to 10:30 pm

The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street, New York City

The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People premiered on February 14, 1895 at the St James's Theatre in London. It is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Contemporary reviews all praised the play's humor, though some were cautious about its explicit lack of social messages, while one considered it the culmination of Wilde's artistic career so far. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play.


We will gather for the reception between 6:00 and 6:30 pm and walk over as a group to the
 Amateur Comedy Club at 7:15 pm for an 8:00 pm curtain.

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Importance of Being Earnest Registration


If attending, please select the number of Tickets required:

Member Tickets @ $20 each
Non-Member Tickets @ $30 each
ESU National Patron Tickets @ $15 each