|left to right: Santino Fontana, Charlotte Parry, Sarah Topham and David Furr|
(all images: Joan Marcus)
Filmed live on March 11 & 12, 2011 at the American Airlines Theatre in New York City, this classic farce is about mistaken identity, which ridicules codes of propriety and etiquette. Dashing men-about-town John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff pursue fair ladies Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Matters are complicated by the imaginary characters invented by both men to cover their on on-the-sly activities, not to mention the disapproval of Gwendolen's mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell.
The cast is lead by director Brian Bedford as Lady Bracknell. David Furr (John), Santino Fontana (Algernon), Sara Topham (Gwendolyn) and Charlotte Perry (Cecily) play the young romantics. Dana Ivey, Paxton Whitehead, Paul O'Brien and Tim MacDonald complete the cast.
|David Furr and Santino Fontana|
|Brian Bedford and Charlotte Parry|
Unfortunately unlike 'Company' the night before which played to an almost full house, 'Earnest' only played to a very small crowd at the same movie theatre. This was an evening performance and one would wonder if 'Earnest' would attract a larger crowd during a scheduled matinee over the weekend.
See the next post for video clips of the production. The film was screened at the Kahala Theatre in Honolulu, Hawaii.
'The Importance of Being Earnest' is presented in HD on select screens nationwide at various dates and times through June 30th. Check your local listings for participating theatres, dates and show times or click HERE to find a theatre near you. The show is currently playing an extended run at the American Airlines Theatre in New York City. Visit roundabouttheatre.org for tickets. The production which opened on January 13, 2011 (previews from December 17, 2010) closes on June 26, 2011.
|Sarah Topham, David Furr and Brian Bedford|
|Dana Ivey and Paxton Whitehead|