The Importance Of Being Earnest Philadelphia Tickets
The Importance of Being Earnest Philadelphia
The Importance of Being Earnest is a farce about mistaken identity and Victorian social standards written by Oscar Wilde. Subtitled “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People,” it was first performed in London in February 1895. It is a comedy about Victorian England in which the main male characters maintain fictitious identities in an attempt to escape the strict social structures of the day and woo desirable women. Much of the humor is derived from the witty and clever dialog, satirizing the upper classes and their rigid moral code.
While enjoying initial success when the play opened, The Importance of Being Earnest became embroiled in the scandal that erupted regarding Wilde’s homosexuality due to his feud with his lover. The revelation in court of Wilde’s “double life” resulted in his going to prison for “gross indecency.” The play was forced to close after only 86 performances. On Broadway, the play opened in April 1895 and closed after 16 performances. Only in Australia, where the play also opened in 1895, did the author’s scandal not affect the performance and the play enjoyed great popularity.
Oscar Wilde was born on October 16, 1854, in Dublin, Ireland. He wrote many essays, articles, poems and dialogs in an attempt to “irritate” Victorian society. He wrote is well-known for the novel, The Portrait of Dorian Gray and also became a successful playwright in the 1890s. Salome, Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Woman of No Importance and An Ideal Husband were all successful productions and allowed Wilde to critique society in an acceptable manner. After finishing Earnest, dealing with the public destruction of his reputation and serving a nearly two-year prison term, he went into exile in Paris. He died on November 30, 1900.
Almost immediately upon his death, his professional reputation began to be revived along with revivals of his plays. The Importance of Being Earnest is considered a classic and has enjoyed success on stage, film, radio and television, with regular performances today.
The Walnut Street Theatre is America’s oldest continuously operating theater, having opened in 1809. The theater has also been at the same location on Walnut and Ninth Streets in Philadelphia, PA, during its entire existence. The theater sits in Philadelphia’s historic district. Get your Philadelphia tickets through StubHub.
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All of Wilde’s plays have been performed around the world.
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