Oscar Wilde’s comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, is a hoot when it is done well, and Crown City Theatre’s production is spot on.
The direction by Michael Marchak is fast-paced and crisp, and the actors, so great. The play, a bit daunting at first, at two hours, 20 minutes, with two intermissions, moves so quickly, that time passes in a flash. Wilde’s dialogue is witty and the actors are up to it.
In a nutshell, the storyline is a romance, complicated by a bit of deception, and a whole lot of fun. The two young men, Jack and Algernon, misrepresent themselves to the young women to whom they wish to propose, each calling themselves “Earnest.” The women, Gwendolyn and Cecily, insist that they can only love a man named Earnest. So, both chaps arrange to be christened “Earnest.” Along the way, they encounter opposition to their unions from Lady Bracknell (haughtily played by Michael Mullen) who is Gwendolyn’s mother and Algernon’s aunt.
The production is immaculate. Bobby Slaski as Algernon is cute and rakish. Hans Obma, only slightly more grounded, plays the character Jack, with humor. Riegan Sage is perfectly cast as Gwendolyn, Jack’s beloved, and Cecily, played by Megan Cochrane is enticing. The rest of the cast, Mouchette van Helsdingen (Miss Prism), John Sala (Reverend Chasauble) and Will Potter (Merriman and Lane) couldn’t be better.
The attention to detail in every way—sets, costumes, cast and crew—make this show a must-see.
“The Importance of Being Earnest” plays through Thursday, March 28 at Crown City Theatre located at 11031 Camarillo St. in North Hollywood. For tickets call (818) 605-5685 or visit CrownCityTheatre.com for more information.