The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde

Directed by Cory Doran*


Sept. 19-Oct. 4, 2014


A farcical satire written by one of the world’s most prolific writers, The Importance of Being Earnest has stood the test of time and remains an audience favourite. This story of two Victorian aristocrats trying to escape their social burdens contains all of Oscar Wilde’s characteristic wit, Victorian charm and biting social commentary without ever becoming too serious. In Wilde’s own words, “It is exquisitely trivial…we should treat all the trivial things of life seriously, and all the serious and studied things of life with sincere and studied triviality.”


Approximate running time with an intermission: 2 hours, 20 minutes



*appears with the permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.


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Three Week Run

Week 1: Fri. and Sat. at 8 pm

Week 2: Wed. to Sat. at 8 pm

Week 3: Wed. to Sat. at 8 pm and Sat. at 2 pm


Postshow Talkbacks: Sat., Sept. 20 and Thurs., Sept. 25, 2014

Preshow Artist Chat: Sat., Oct. 4 at 1 pm


Adults: $28 / Seniors: $17 / Students: $15

$10 Student tickets every Wednesday

$17 Alumni tickets every Thursday


Buy tickets buttonUofTtix Box Office / 416.978.8849


Student Matinees

Hart House Theatre offers student matinees at the low price of $15 per student, and complementary tickets for teachers and chaperones.


Tentatively scheduled performances:

Tues., Sept. 30 at 12 pm

Wed., Oct. 1 at 12 pm

Please note: a later curtain time may be available upon request


For more information and to book a performance please call the Box Office at 416.978.8849.




Director’s Note


”But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ said Alice. ‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the cat. ‘We’re all mad here.” -Lewis Carroll

Indeed, we are all mad here. In the world of Oscar Wilde’s premier comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, we are all mad, mad, mad! Each character is a deeply flawed and highly narcissistic person at his or her core. This is the focus of our production here at Hart House Theatre. We get to watch the interaction of mad characters in a ‘hyper real’ environment that, true to Wilde’s wit, is slightly bent at every angle. There are no straight approaches to problems here, whether it be a love conflict between our couples, or the slightly askew painting frame from which the play erupts onto the stage. Everything is bent. Mad. Crazy.

Set in its original period of the 1890’s, the play is a social critique on classism and in many ways the treatment of women. Our leading ladies drive the action throughout and never bend or break for the men around them. Whether it be through domination or seduction, the women of Earnest have all the power from start to finish. So sit back, relax and join us on a mad journey through the looking glass and into the wilds of Wilde…




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