SEATTLE FRINGE FESTIVAL LOGO The 1996 Fringe Review Rag #3
The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde; adapted by David Hsieh
Repertory Actors Workshop

"The Repertory Actors Workshop put just the right amount of quick-tempered humor into Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest to make this story of devilish hidden identities very entertaining. This production is like a cross between slapstick romantic comedy and a portrayal of tea-and-crumpet, Sense and Sensibility-like characters. In only an hour, the characters can't reveal anything more than surface-value personalities, as is humorously portrayed when Gwendolen Fairfax tells her beloved Earnest (or is he Jack? or is he John?) "If you are not gone too long, I will wait for you all my life."
Earnest (or Jack, or John) eventually sums it all up himself, stating the revelation, "It is a terrible thing for a man to discover that for all his life he's been speaking nothing but the truth." Lines like these are delivered with just the right amount of timing and wit to make this production really hilarious. Great costumes too! Go see it!" -Bronwyn Doyle

"ReAct's is a first-rate production..." -J. Patneaude

The Fringe Review Rag was made possible by The Seattle Fringe Theatre Festival.

Reprinted with permision by ReAct.

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