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"The Importance of Being Earnest"

At the Center for Performing Arts. The Oscar Wilde play is about two men who pretend to be named Earnest to impress their love interests.

St. Andrew’s Upper School Theatre Department will present the classic comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, on November 8, 9, and 10 in the Center for Performing Arts at the school's North Campus in Ridgeland.  The plot revolves around two flippant young men who, in order to avoid  burdensome social obligations and also to impress their young ladies, pretend that their names are “Earnest,” a name which both young ladies believe confers magical qualities on the possessor.  It was first performed for the public in 1895 at the St. James’ Theatre in London, and is still regarded by many critics and scholars as being the wittiest play in the English language.  Performances are at 7:00 each evening and tickets will be on sale at the box office prior to each show. Student tickets are $5 and adult tickets are $10.


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