The Importance of Being Earnest

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Our very own brand of summer blockbuster: a bountiful crowd-pleaser, complete with mistaken identity, mad extravagance and people who know nothing about love hurtling headlong into it. In short, strap yourselves in. This is one of the funniest plays in existence. With charm, wit and hilarity to spare, our Ernests and their ladyloves are here to remind you how good it feels to laugh out loud.



Responsible, mild-mannered Jack Worthing is harboring a couple of secrets. First, he is in love with his friend Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen. And second, they both think his name is Ernest. In fact, Ernest is Jack’s imaginary alter ego – a troubled younger brother he created so that he could do whatever he liked in London and no one would ever think to judge him. But when Algernon catches on to the scheme, he decides to be Ernest himself in order to woo Jack’s lovely young ward, Cecily. Confusion and hilarity reign, as the ladies try to disentangle the stories of their respective Ernests and jump the seemingly impossible hurdles to marry the Ernest they respectively love.

Run time: 2 hours and 55 minutes, including two 15-minute intermissions.

Voice & Text Coach Sara Becker
Costume Design Mathew J. LeFebvre
Scenic Design Kevin Depinet
Lighting Design Michael A. Peterson
Sound Design & Original Music Andrew Hansen
Stage Manager Erin Albrecht*


Algernon Moncrieff Marcus Truschinski*
Lane Paul Bentzen*
John Worthing Matt Schwader*
Lady Bracknell Sarah Day*
Gwendolen Fairfax Cristina Panfilio*
Miss Prism Tracy Michelle Arnold*
Cecily Cardew Kelsey Brennan*
Rev. Canon Chasuble John Pribyl*
Merriman Paul Bentzen*

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers
** Member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, an Independent Labor Union
Member of United Scenic Artists

Related Reviews:

APT brings the A-list to 'Earnest'
By Aaron R. Conklin, Madison Magazine Stage Write blog, June 30, 2014.

American Players Theatre opens with a fierce Chicago drama and a Victorian dalliance
By Lindsay Christians, The Capital Times, June 17, 2014.

APT's clever, fresh 'Importance of Being Earnest' invites the audience into the drawing room
By Lindsay Christians, 77 Square, June 16, 2014.

American Players Theatre's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' is a fun, frothy start to the 2014 season
By Jennifer A. Smith, The Isthmus, June 15, 2014.

APT makes magic happen in a laugh-filled 'Earnest'
By Dave Begel,, June 15, 2014.



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