This play is genius. What a penetrating critique of high Victorian society this becomes; but rather than being a dull argument or essay, it takes on the body of a hilarious play. This is just absurd, outrageous and straight to the point.
William ArcherA. He denied the term "farce" was derogatory, or even lacking in seriousness, and said "It is of nonsense all compact, and better nonsense, I think, our stage has not seen. Wellsin an unsigned review for the Pall Mall Gazettecalled Earnest one of the freshest comedies of the year, saying "More humorous dealing with theatrical conventions it would be difficult to imagine.
Matthews succeeded the creators as Jack and Algy. It was not until the s that the case for s costumes was established; as a critic in The Manchester Guardian put it, "Thirty years on, one begins to feel that Wilde should be done in the costume of his period—that his wit today needs the backing of the atmosphere that gave it life and truth.
During a season at the Haymarket the King and Queen attended a performance,  which, as the journalist Geoffrey Wheatcroft put it, gave the play "a final accolade of respectability.
The play is set in "The Present" i. Algernon refuses to consent until Ernest explains why his cigarette case bears the inscription, "From little Cecily, with her fondest love to her dear Uncle Jack. In the country, he assumes a serious attitude for the benefit of his young wardthe heiress Cecily Cardew, and goes by the name of John or Jackwhile pretending that he must worry about a wastrel younger brother named Ernest in London.
In the city, meanwhile, he assumes the identity of the libertine Ernest. Algernon confesses a similar deception: Jack refuses to tell Algernon the location of his country estate. Gwendolen and her formidable mother Lady Bracknell now call on Algernon who distracts Lady Bracknell in another room while Jack proposes to Gwendolen.
She accepts, but seems to love him in large part because of his name, Ernest. Jack accordingly resolves to himself to be rechristened "Ernest". Discovering them in this intimate exchange, Lady Bracknell interviews Jack as a prospective suitor. Horrified to learn that he was adopted after being discovered as a baby in a handbag at Victoria Station, she refuses him and forbids further contact with her daughter.
Gwendolen manages to covertly promise to him her undying love. As Jack gives her his address in the country, Algernon surreptitiously notes it on the cuff of his sleeve: Algernon arrives, pretending to be Ernest Worthing, and soon charms Cecily. Therefore, Algernon, too, plans for the rectorDr.
Chasuble, to rechristen him "Ernest". Jack has decided to abandon his double life. Gwendolen now enters, having run away from home. During the temporary absence of the two men, she meets Cecily, each woman indignantly declaring that she is the one engaged to "Ernest".
When Jack and Algernon reappear, their deceptions are exposed. The impasse is broken by the return of Miss Prism, whom Lady Bracknell recognises as the person who, 28 years earlier as a family nursemaid, had taken a baby boy for a walk in a perambulator baby carriage and never returned.quotes from The Importance of Being Earnest: ‘The truth is rarely pure and never simple.’.
The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde The Project Gutenberg eBook, The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. Jun 21, · Watch video · Directed by Oliver Parker. With Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Frances O'Connor, Reese Witherspoon.
In s London, two friends use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues/10(K). Journey back to Victorian London with us in the first episode of The Importance of Being Earnest, based on the original comedy by Oscar Wilde.
Jack Worthing, the play’s protagonist, is a pillar of the community in Hertfordshire, where he is guardian to Cecily Cardew, the pretty, eighteen-year-old granddaughter of the late Thomas Cardew, who found and adopted Jack when he was a baby. Aug 15, · I watched this film adaptation (and Oliver Parker's version as well) of Oscar Wilde's classic play The Importance of Being Earnest to complement my study of it for a 19th century English drama course/10(K).