Oscar Wilde’s classic play The Importance of Being Earnest is being presented by the Kentwood Players theater group through June 12th at the Westchester Playhouse.
Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at the playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester.
A Kentwood Players spokesperson explains that the play’s humor derives in part from the characters maintaining fictitious identities to escape unwelcome social obligations. Character Jack Worthing has invented a brother, Ernest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his “humdrum” country life behind to visit Gwendolen, the cousin of his best friend Algernon Montcrieff.
But Algernon, who also knows Jack as Ernest, catches on quickly that Jack earnestly isn’t Ernest. Algernon decides to take the name Ernest when he visits the Worthing country manor where he meets Jack’s ward, Cecily, who has been concerned about her caregiver’s brother Ernest that she’s grown rather fond of the man she hasn’t met – until now.
The production is directed by Drew Fitzsimmons and produced by Jim Crawford and Alison Mattiza. Featured in the cast are Marcy Agreen, Lorenzo Bastien, Ron Edwards, Judy Ewing, Jessica Hayes, Carmen Lynne, Mark Mayes, Will Meister and Joshua Nelson.
Tickets are $18 with a $2 discount for seniors, students, and servicemen. Information, (310) 645-5156 or www.kentwoodplayers.org/.