A Gay Importance of Being Earnest

queer classics · family friendly · world premiere · United States

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CAITLIN HART certified reviewer June 09, 2014
This show is fun! I enjoyed the truncated version of the script and the actors were all solid – each with standout moments. I also enjoyed the costumes and sound design. If you’re looking for a simple show that has sassy, gay, entertainment – check this out.... full review
SHARI BARRETT certified reviewer June 15, 2014
Hysterically funny with new meaning to many of Wilde's classic lines delivered by a very talents and fun-loving cast telling the story of two couples fighting for the right to be engaged. This masterful satire written by Oscar Wilde (who was arrested in 1895 for "gross indecency with men”) would thoroughly delight his heart. Now that everyone has the legal right to marry, it’s timely for the play to be performed the way Wilde would have loved it done. This timeless story gallivants through a world obsessed with appearances, money and social status. The parallels with today’s Hollywood culture make for searing fun, and by presenting the four lovers as gay men, Queer Classics presents the play in a more hysterically fabulous fashion than ... full review
KAT MICHELS certified reviewer June 20, 2014
This is the best production that I have seen at the Fringe so far. Queer Classics capitalizes on Oscar Wilde's witty script, seamlessly re-imagining it through a queer lens. Making the two main couples - Cecily/Algernon and Jack/Gwendolyn - gay men worked perfectly, and I can't help but thinking that Wilde himself would heartily approve of the casting choices. The cast all around is solid with Philip Orazio, as Algernon, standing out with his impeccable comedic timing. The pacing begins to drag a bit toward the end, but all in all, a well done production.... full review
STEVEN STANLEY certified reviewer June 23, 2014
Redundant as the adjective may seem, a gay The Importance Of Being Earnest has made its coming out at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, this fresh new take on the Oscar Wilde classic proving to be not only the finest acted and directed but also the most polished Fringe 2014 show I’ve seen. Director-adapter Casey Kringlen’s concept is brilliant in its simplicity. Change Gwendolen and Cecily from sweet-young-girls to sweet-young-boys, pronouns from feminine to masculine, and poof! Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff now live in an alternate Victorian universe in which it’s perfectly proper for handsome young men to court—and marry—each other. (Poof indeed.) With Wilde’s text edited down to a lickety-split ninety minutes (and no visible cut... full review
STEVEN STANLEY certified reviewer June 23, 2014
Redundant as the adjective may seem, a gay The Importance Of Being Earnest has made its coming out at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, this fresh new take on the Oscar Wilde classic proving to be not only the finest acted and directed but also the most polished Fringe 2014 show I’ve seen. Director-adapter Casey Kringlen’s concept is brilliant in its simplicity. Change Gwendolen and Cecily from sweet-young-girls to sweet-young-boys, pronouns from feminine to masculine, and poof! Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff now live in an alternate Victorian universe in which it’s perfectly proper for handsome young men to court—and marry—each other. (Poof indeed.) With Wilde’s text edited down to a lickety-split ninety minutes (and no visible cut... full review