The Importance of Being Earnest | Ruth Page Center for the Arts | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
This is a past event.
When: Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through March 2 2015
Price: $30
ShawChicago regularly showcases a quality of the literary greats that often goes underappreciated: their musicality. Void of any stage business, this staged reading of Oscar Wilde's best-known work highlights his airy, quip-a-minute rhythm along with his famously acerbic social commentary and wit. On opening night it was no surprise to see director Robert Scogin in the house, leaning in and hanging on every exchange—there's an unabashed celebration of the writer here, and Wilde's yarn about lies, manners, and Victorian shade-throwing benefits from the attention to detail. If this show can be faulted for anything, it's robbing viewers of the chance to see Mary Michell milk her hilarious Lady Bracknell in a fully staged production. —Dan Jakes



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