The Importance of Being Earnest BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
January 13, 2011
Closing:
June 26, 2011

Theater: 37 Arts Theatre / 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY, 10018

Synopsis: 

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. Brian Bedford directs and stars as Lady Bracknell.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Importance of Being Earnest

    CHARLES ISHERWOOD

    January 14, 2011: Within seconds of sweeping onstage, and with a wordless gesture as funny as it is subtle, the great actor Brian Bedford proves beyond question that gender is of no importance whatsoever in portraying the imposing Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s greatest comedy, “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF The Importance of Being Earnest

    January 14, 2011: Oscar Wilde's 1895 comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, now being revived by the Roundabout Theatre Company at the American Airlines Theatre, is a perfect piece of writing -- a verbal playground you wouldn't want to add a single word to or subtract a single word from. Nonetheless, that doesn't mean it can't be compromised by a less-than-perfect production. Luckily, this new Broadway mounting, directed by and starring Brian Bedford, is as nearly perfect as it gets.

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  • HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF The Importance of Being Earnest

    January 14, 2011: Oscar Wilde’s wittiest comedy sparkles in this Broadway production, and when its director is onstage, it delivers pure bliss.

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  • NY DAILY NEWS REVIEW OF The Importance of Being Earnest

    January 14, 2011: "The Importance of Being Earnest" turns 116 next month, and the old joker is surprisingly spry.

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF The Importance of Being Earnest

    January 14, 2011: The sure sign of a good actress is that you forget, over the course of two hours, that the woman you are seeing is, in fact, a man.

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