Shades Of Words

The Importance of Being Earnest

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I have been waiting to catch some really good theatre since I came here – we missed a couple of good shows coz we were either out of town, or the weather was too cold or we did not have a car. Also, as the tickets tend to be on the higher side, one likes to make sure that the play is going to be worth.
When I saw that USML was presenting “The Importance of Being Earnst” at the Touhill Art Center I knew I did not want to miss this. This is my all time favorite play and to see it actually being performed would be something that I would always remember. Ofcourse I was a little apprehensive about the quality of the production as it was being presented by  a student company. ( plus side – it cost only 10$ a ticket!)
Well, it was an exteremly enjoyable performance! The theater was very small so we were all very close to the stage and it almost felt like a private perforamance.
The plot is a comedy of errors – Algernon Montcrieff and Jack Asbury are two close friends. Jack is the guardian of young Cecily Cardew who lives in the country. In order to present a good example to his ward, he creates an alternative identity of himself, Earnest Asbury, a younger more wicked self who is getting into terrible scrapes. Cecily, who has never met Earnest, is obviously infatuated by him.Meanwhile , presenting himself as Earnest, Jack falls in love with Gwendolyn Bracknell and proposes to marry her. Gwen accepts the proposal and is delighted that she is marrying a man named Earnest. Gwen’s mother , Lady Bracknell refuses to allow this union on account of Jack’s unknown origins. What ensues is a comedy of errors and I would be giving away too much if I write any more.

My favorite performer was Ben Watts as the as the slightly flamboyant and clever Algernon Montcrieff . I rather liked Sean Green as  Jack but was slightly put off by his hyperventilating nature. He did break a few things on the sets too with his passionate performence. I belive Joanna Brown as Cecily Cardrew was brilliant in the part of the dumb blonde. I laughed at almost all her lines.
Though Wilde’s original play was based in London and for the sake of relevance , UMSL’s production is based out of New York. The script has remained almost entirely faithfully but has been snipped in certain places in interest of time. The audience was appreciative and laughed at all the right places. Some of my favorite lines were:
I really don’t see anything romantic in proposing. It is very romantic to be in love. But there is nothing romantic about a definite proposal. Why, one may be accepted. One usually is, I believe Then the excitement is all over. The very essence of romance is uncertainty. If ever I get married, I’ll certainly try to forget the fact.
 Ah! that is clearly a metaphysical speculation, and like most metaphysical speculations has very little reference at all to the actual facts of real life, as we know them.
To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness
The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her, if she is pretty, and to someone else, if she is plain.
How can one resist Wilde!! If you live in St. Louis then do check out this play which will again run this weekend in the Touhill Performing Arts Center 


Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

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