The Importance of Being Earnest | downtown Oak Park | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 23 2014
Price: $27
"The truth is rarely pure and never simple," quips the plotting Algernon in Earnest. And who needs the truth when Wilde's farce is populated with such likable liars as Algernon and Jack, two schemers who assume the name "Ernest" to woo women and skirt morality? Watching these rule breakers exchange Wildean barbs is all part of the show's fun, a quality that could use a crank up in this Oak Park Festival Theatre production. Director Kevin Theis seems to be aiming for authenticity—the very period show has Belinda Bremner as that tyrant Lady Bracknell, oft portrayed by a man in drag. But Bremner's Bracknell is too serious, and John Crosthwaite's ho-hum Jack lacks swagger, a mark hit more often by Jude Willis's solidly campy Algie. Still, if seriousness, as Wilde says, is "the world's original sin," this Earnest has some penance coming. —Chloe Riley



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