The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wildes frivolous comedy gets a thoroughly inessential staging. Two sets of anthroponymically crossed lovers Algernon and Cecily (John Sperry Sisk and Katie Kevorikan), and Jack and Gwendolen (Tim Heinrich and Jessica Hardin) bicker and kiss, but under Julie Sanchezs direction, the lines are so rushed and the mugging so overbearing that the production succeeds only as a perfunctory recitation of Wildes greatest quips. Theres no teasing tension when the lasses nearly kiss their fellows, just a pose, a giggle and a flounce away. Vicki Conrad and Dan Coles costumes nicely capture each characters indulgences (Marti Hale as Lady Bracknell is a velvet juggernaut), and while Sanchez and Joseph Stachuras bright-hued minimalist set is pretty on its own, it has the odd effect of making Jack and Gwendolens cool bon mots appear to be taking place next to Rhett and Scarlett boiling over the fall of Atlanta. Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: April 19. Continues through May 25, 2008
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