Theater Review: Strawdog’s Updated Staging of 'Earnest' is Prideful

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CHICAGO – Just in time for Pride Month, Strawdog Theatre Co. presents an updated staging of the Oscar Wilde classic, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Strawdog policy … the tickets are FREE (donations encouraged), but you must put in a reservation by clicking EARNEST.

HollywoodChicago.com Comedy/Tragedy Rating: 4.0/5.0
Play Rating: 4.0/5.0

“Earnest” – which was first staged in 1895 – is updated to modern day Chicago, within a chic apartment in the first half and a summer home in Michigan in the second. It’s a brunch being thrown by Algernon (Jack Seijo) at the apartment, and his friend Jack (Johnard Washington) is there to announce his hopeful engagement to the flamboyant Gwendolen (Kade Cox). However Jack is not known by Jack, for in the city he is Earnest, a fake name he has given himself to escape the responsibilities he has in the summer home, especially the care for his niece Cecily (Andi Muriel). Gwendolen accepts Earnest’s proposal, and the gang … including the skeptical queen Bracknell (Michael Reyes) and Algernon’s Butler (Matt Keely) head to Michigan. While there, unknown to Jack, Algernon is about to propose to Cecily. Except now they say THEIR NAME is Earnest. Who will find their elusive importance?

Earnest
Rivendell Theatre Through June 30th, 2024
Photo credit: Strawdog.org

Audio Theater Review of “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com …

Strawdog Theatre Co. presents “The Importance of Being Earnest,” through June 30th at the Rivendell Theatre, 5779 North Ridge Avenue, Chicago. Besides cast list above, featuring Lynne Baker as Miss Prism and Crystal Claros as Dr. Chasuble. Written by Oscar Wilde. Adaptation by Elizabeth Swanson & Dusty Brown. Directed by Elizabeth Swanson. For more information on the Strawdog Theatre Co., click here. Happy Pride!

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

By PATRICK McDONALD
Editor and Film Critic/Writer
HollywoodChicago.com
pat@hollywoodchicago.com

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