Friday, June 17, 2011

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’: A Capsule Review

This is something that I wrote on my Facebook page in response to a friend recommending the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Oscar Wilde’s classic 1895 comedy The Importance of Being Earnest:

And if you can't catch the new production (and if you haven't already seen the thing 83,673,469,386 times), you can watch the 1952 Anthony Asquith film of the play, which is available for instant viewing on Netflix. The cast is superlative: the ever-earnest Michael Redgrave, the effervescent-voiced Joan Greenwood, the liltingly lugubrious Edith Evans, and especially the car-salesman-smooth Michael Denison. A movie not to be missed — nor mislaid in a handbag, for that matter.

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