A Wilde night in Victorian England
- Published: November 13, 2010
A witty romp through Victorian England’s upper class comes alive this weekend and next in The Importance of Being Earnest, the Oscar Wilde classic presented by the Yellow Springs High School Drama Club and YSHS Theatre Arts Association. The play, which opened last night, will continue tonight, Saturday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m. and tomorrow, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. The play continues next weekend, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19 and 20, at 8 and Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Mills Lawn gym.
The play follows the misadventures of country gentleman John Worthing, played by Adam Zaremsky, who has created a fictionalized brother named Earnest in order to have an excuse for occasional escapes from his well-ordered life. However, after Worthing falls for Gwendolen (Bella Hernandez), he decides to kill off his imaginary brother, who seems to have a troubling hold on the young beauty. But the plot thickens in the form of a visit from John’s friend Algernon Moncrieff, played by Elliot Cromer, who is pretending to be the imaginary Earnest.
Also in the play are Malaika Carver-Halley, Zeb Reichert, Rory Papania, Ben Green, Colton Pitstick, Donovan Berends, Kelly Miller, Lydia Jewett, Zyna Bakari, Emma Holman-Smith, Lenaya Leeds, Lauren Westerdorf and Quinn Leventhal. Robbie Weigand is stage manager.
Sarah Elder directs the play, with Jess Shake the assistant director. Elder also serves as the set designer, sound designer and costumer, with assitance from Debbie Henderson and Ali Thomas on costumes.