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Oscar Wilde's Lady Bracknell

By December 22, 2010

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If you haven't seen The Importance of Being Earnest, then you haven't experienced one of the best comedies ever written. Oscar Wilde's farce satirizes the hypocritical men of London's high society, not too mention the romantically misguided women of the Victorian age.

But of all the characters in Earnest, perhaps the most hysterical of the bunch is Lady Bracknell, an aristocratic old lady whose every line is hilarious (even if she doesn't realize it herself). Currently, The Importance of Being Earnest is playing at the Roundabout Theater. The play's director, Tony award winning brian Bedford, is also featured in the role of, you guessed it, Lady Bracknell. Although Bracknell is a supporting character with a limited amount of stage time, I have a feeling Bedford steals the show.

To learn more about this blissfully humorous comedy, check out the study guide for The Importance of Being Earnest.


December 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm
(1) John says:

Yes, bedford plays Lady B. and it’s the funniest and best directed production of the play you’ll ever see. His direction is also amazing. Saw the original production at Stratford, Ontario and it was perfect! There is some new casting for New York, but I’m sure it will be fabulous there as well. And yes, Bedford steals the show a number of times.

January 1, 2011 at 7:39 pm
(2) plays says:

Thanks for sharing, John! I am envious — wish I could see this production!

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