Curtain Call: Jackson County Stage Company’s The Importance of Being Earnest
What: Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (live theater)
When: 2017-04-21 - 2017-04-30
The next two weekends, the Jackson County Stage Company’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest will grace the Varsity Center’s stage.
“The play itself is a satiric comedy [about] upper-class Victorian British culture,” Lee Brackett, director of the production, told Nightlife. “The jokes and the nuances are fast paced and extremely funny.
“I’ve got a bunch of talented actors and actresses, so a lot of the worry is taken off my shoulders,” Brackett added. “We’ve been rehearsing now for three or four weeks, and we are just getting to the point where this week we are running the show. We still haven’t had anybody in costumes or tech yet, but the actors are doing really well and we’re having a lot of fun.”
The Oscar Wile farce was originally performed in 1895, and since that time it has endured both on stage and film as a classic comedy.
That it takes place in the 1890s in three different settings— a London apartment, a garden scene, and the interior of a manor house— created a challenge for the Stage Company crew.
“The problem has been, how do we decorate this set?” Brackett said. “How do we get it so people can envision the three different scenes that are involved? We are working on some interesting change-outs so that it will be more believable, but the actors carry the show. We’ve got Victorian furniture that we’re able to bring and the costuming is pretty much taken care of, so it will be a really good show. People will enjoy it,” Brackett said.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m., with the Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for students and $15 for the public, with a special rush price of $7 on Thursday, April 27. For tickets or more information, contact the box office at (618) 549-5466 or (800) 838-3006 or see the Stage Company’s website at <http://www.StageCompany.org>.
who: Jackson County Stage Company
what: Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (live theater)
where: Varsity Center Arnold Theater
when: April 21 through April 23 and April 27 through April 30