Time: September 3, 2009 at 8pm to September 6, 2009 at 2pm
Location: Albuquerque Little Theater
Street: 224 San Pasquale Ave SW
Website or Map: http://www.albuquerquelittlet…
Event Type: theater
Organized By: a.j.
Latest Activity: Sep 4, 2009
“The Importance of Being Earnest” is undoubtedly Oscar Wilde's most renowned and best-loved play. He called it “a trivial play for serious people.” While it is devilishly delightful, this seemingly “trivial” play also offers a darker insight. It is a well-crafted critique of Victorian civilization. It shows audiences the absurdity of certain mores and appearances…faultless fodder for the Dolls, Albuquerque’s premier drag theatre troupe, to take on.
“The sheer hypocrisy experienced in Wilde’s time still rears its ugly head at times today,” said Ken Ansloan, a.k.a Tequila Mockingbyrd, of his decision to adapt the play using an all-male cast. “I knew the play would be a tremendous undertaking but I also knew that I had to do it, if anything, to honor Oscar himself as an intellectual and inspired soul ultimately damaged by prudish society.”
On February 14, (St. Valentine's Day) in 1894, London was paralyzed by a formidable snowstorm. But even Nature couldn't top the opening night storm of “The Importance of Being Earnest.” It was the social event of the year. This was partly due to the always-fashionable and infectious Oscar Wilde being in attendance. The play was an unqualified triumph.
Sadly, this acclaim and success came to an end when Oscar Wilde initiated a libel suit that was to lead to his imprisonment for “gross indecency” with other men. Two years of hard labor would destroy Wilde, leaving him a shadow of his former, vibrant self. After being released from prison, he left London never to return.
For the cast and crew of The Dolls’ “The Importance of Being Earnest,” the production has been a revelation. The actors savors the witty the dialogue and the ingenious plotting, all played against the backdrop of an impressive set on a historic Duke City stage, if only for a one weekend, limited engagement.
Despite the plays challenges and charms, Tequila Mockingbyrd believes that at its heart, Oscar Wilde's genius prevails over the pretenses of the public majority, both past and present. “That is why in our exclusive adaptation, Oscar himself makes an appearance,” said Mockingbyrd. “It’s our way of saying thanks for giving us the funniest, most effective and classiest play ever written.”
What: The Dolls present "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde
Where: Albuquerque Little Theatre
224 San Pasquale Ave SW
When: Showtimes: September 3, 4, 5 at 8:00 p.m.; Matinee September 6 at 2:00 p.m.
To RSVP: Please call 505-242-4750. Tickets $15.00.
This production is sponsored by Maddox & Co. Realtors and Off Broadway Vintage Clothing and Costumes,
produced in partnership with the Albuquerque Little Theatre, and directed by Jaime Pardo.