Earnestly anticipating ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

Michael Dorame

“The Importance of Being Earnest” is coming to Saddleback College’s McKinney Theatre starting Friday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.

The play by Oscar Wilde is a social comedy in which Victorian social customs are mocked, especially marriage and pursuit.

Performed first in London in 1895, this play has a long history.

Jack Worthing is a well-known landowner in Hertfordshire, where he has various responsibilities.

Jack pretends to have a brother named Ernest, who is extremely irresponsible, and whenever Earnest gets into a heap of trouble, Jack must leave town and come to his rescue.

This fictional brother makes it possible for Jack to disappear for long periods of time to do whatever. Only Jack knows that the imaginary Ernest is actually Jack himself.

Making things more interesting, Jack has fallen in love with his best friend’s cousin, who suspects that Jack is leading a double life.

Show times are Nov. 4, 5, 10, 12 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 6, 12, 13 at 3 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 949-582-4656 or online at www.saddleback.edu/arts. Prices are $12 general and $11 for students and seniors.