The Importance of Being Earnest

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Reviews: 18

The Importance of Being Earnest is the most popular of the comedies written by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). Set (for this particular production) in 1920s London and in Shropshire, England, it involves the doings of two best friends, Jack and Algy (Algernon). Jack lives in the country, protective of his young ward, the “excessively pretty” heiress Cecily Cardew. But he likes to get away to London and the attractions of the city, so he has invented a rascally brother in London named Ernest to whom he must occasionally attend, necessitating his periodic departure from the country. The biggest draw in London for Jack is Algy's cousin, the beautiful Gwendolen Fairfax. Algy, meanwhile, goes to Shropshire posing as Ernest in an attempt to woo Cecily. As Shakespeare said, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” It also turns out that both women are attracted to men with the name of Ernest, so naturally both fellows make arrangements to have themselves re-christened. In the course of things, the deceptions of Jack and Algy will be found out. Can their lady loves possibly forgive them? It ultimately turns out that Jack and Algy share more in common than they could possibly have imagined, and that they have destinies that neither could have suspected. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Prior to the main show at 7:30, there is a pre-show entertainment at 7:15.

Reviews

Leigh Kennicott
"Wilde's formulaic plot (two lovers, mistaken identity, complications with a handbag) becomes the scaffolding to hang his outrageous (and very funny) skewering of England's upper classes in the late 19th century. Today, it is still relevant for exposing pedantry. Even with a minimum of sets and lights, this production still lives up to Wilde's succinct dialogue, and Lynne's young actors rise to the occasion. In addition to their yearly visit to Glendale, Dean Productions works with children affected by cancer in a variety of programs. This program is well worth supporting!"

sweet - Leigh Kennicott - ...read full review


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"Great venue, great production, great acting, great price (FREE). A wonderfully giddy evening in the park. Keep 'em coming!"

sweet - Veronica Vargas


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"A thoroughly delightful and witty production. Enjoyed the excellent actors and intimate outdoor setting of this classic play."

sweet - Christene Corless


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"Had a great time at this play. Very funny & entertaining. I don't normally see much theater, but this was a great time. Very fun option for a night out."

sweet - Brendan Cooney


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"Delightful, Belly laughs galore. The actors were terrific and the play was spirited. Even my dog loved it!"

sweet - Pauline Mauro


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"This group of Actors are Magical in their portrayals of the human condition! They really put the effort in!"

sweet - Lorenzo Vargas


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"This show was a lot of fun. The performers interacted with the crowd throughout which made it more fun for everyone. I had read this play a few years back and thought it was mediocre but after seeing it performed I found it hilarious."

sweet - Adam Fair


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"Had a ball last night at TIOBE, the first show I've seen at beautiful Brand Park. Top-notch performances from a very talented and energized cast. Lovely costumes, fun music, and clever staging with minimal set and props. Bring a lawn chair and blanket. And it's FREE!!! Bravo to Dean Productions Theatre Company for helping to enrich the lives of children affected by cancer ??????"

sweet - Robin Roth


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"This is a very clever staging that makes a lot of fun use of the outdoor set and minimalist aesthetic."

sweet - Jacob Betts


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"A perfectly cast performance that captivated the audience. Even the deer and coyotes came out for this wonderful play. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. You don't want to miss this one."

sweet - M Carbeck


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"Such a wonderful production with an A+ cast. Everyone from the cast to the crew did a terrific job bringing this hilarious play to life. I thoroughly enjoyed spending an evening at the park being swept away by this laugh-out-loud production. Bravo!"

sweet - Lauren Millard


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"Very funny and well done production. The cast is superb and the show is 100% engaging. It was just so much fun to be outside with a picnic and see a fantastic professional show. The acting, lighting, sets, sound....it was all on the money. Make sure to dress warmly and bring a blanket, it gets chilly. And bring some cash to donate!!"

sweet - Beth Godfrey


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"Superb! No shortcomings in this outdoor, minimally-staged production. Each role is wonderfully cast and artfully portrayed. Each actor seemed to enjoy their role, bringing an evening of enjoyment and laughter. I am going to see this one twice...don't miss it!"

sweet - Hank Carbeck


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"Loved having the opportunity to spread out our picnic blanket and laugh the night away watching this play. The actors all brought their A game and our group loved their interaction with the audience. Sign me up for an al fresco picnic and a play any day of the week. Great way to start off the weekend and the spring season - everyone go enjoy!"

sweet - Kate hammond


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"This throughly entertaining production offers an incredibly talented cast! The outdoor venue makes for a fun, relaxed atmosphere. The comedic skills of the cast shine throughout the show! The fantastic cast, the excellent directing by Rebecca Lynne, and the beautiful venue make this a must-see production! Make the effort to go see this show - it will be an evening well spent!"

sweet - Lynne Johnson


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"Awesome and entertaining evening with the whole family! The sound was fantastic for being an outdoor venue."

sweet - Ryan Young


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"You can have great theater fun this month, free of charge, in the lovely outdoor setting of Brand Park, in Glendale...the experience of watching this play is absolutely enjoyable."

sweet - Dena Burroughs - The Fume of Sighs - ...read full review


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"MUST SEE! The performances are uniformly terrific in Oscar Wilde's durable comedy! Director does a lot with bare minimum of props and scenery."

sweet - Robert Axelrod - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


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"A wonderful cast that keeps you entertained with their spin of a classic with a hint of comedy. The play is done outside so if you do decide to come, please bring jackets and blankets!! It will get cold and windy. Dean Productions Theatre Company has always done a wonderful job maximizing the space and the simple stage set up. I would recommend it to any who are looking for a fun activity to do at night!"

sweet - Ryan Lew


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"I really enjoyed my time at this alfresco theatrical! Well acted with many silly/exaggerated moments which enhanced this Oscar Wilde play."

sweet - Melissa Perkins


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"A delightful production with a fun 1920s theme. The actors provided just the right amount of silliness to match Wilde's witty dialogue. Cheeky nods to the outdoor setting and sparse set added to the sense of fun. Definitely worth seeing!"

sweet - Jeff Perkins


Leigh Kennicott
"Wilde's formulaic plot (two lovers, mistaken identity, complications with a handbag) becomes the scaffolding to hang his outrageous (and very funny) skewering of England's upper classes in the late 19th century. Today, it is still relevant for exposing pedantry. Even with a minimum of sets and lights, this production still lives up to Wilde's succinct dialogue, and Lynne's young actors rise to the occasion. In addition to their yearly visit to Glendale, Dean Productions works with children affected by cancer in a variety of programs. This program is well worth supporting!"

sweet - Leigh Kennicott - ...read full review


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"You can have great theater fun this month, free of charge, in the lovely outdoor setting of Brand Park, in Glendale...the experience of watching this play is absolutely enjoyable."

sweet - Dena Burroughs - The Fume of Sighs - ...read full review


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"MUST SEE! The performances are uniformly terrific in Oscar Wilde's durable comedy! Director does a lot with bare minimum of props and scenery."

sweet - Robert Axelrod - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


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"Great venue, great production, great acting, great price (FREE). A wonderfully giddy evening in the park. Keep 'em coming!"

sweet - Veronica Vargas


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"A thoroughly delightful and witty production. Enjoyed the excellent actors and intimate outdoor setting of this classic play."

sweet - Christene Corless


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"Had a great time at this play. Very funny & entertaining. I don't normally see much theater, but this was a great time. Very fun option for a night out."

sweet - Brendan Cooney


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"Delightful, Belly laughs galore. The actors were terrific and the play was spirited. Even my dog loved it!"

sweet - Pauline Mauro


Avatar
"This group of Actors are Magical in their portrayals of the human condition! They really put the effort in!"

sweet - Lorenzo Vargas


Avatar
"This show was a lot of fun. The performers interacted with the crowd throughout which made it more fun for everyone. I had read this play a few years back and thought it was mediocre but after seeing it performed I found it hilarious."

sweet - Adam Fair


Avatar
"Had a ball last night at TIOBE, the first show I've seen at beautiful Brand Park. Top-notch performances from a very talented and energized cast. Lovely costumes, fun music, and clever staging with minimal set and props. Bring a lawn chair and blanket. And it's FREE!!! Bravo to Dean Productions Theatre Company for helping to enrich the lives of children affected by cancer ??????"

sweet - Robin Roth


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"This is a very clever staging that makes a lot of fun use of the outdoor set and minimalist aesthetic."

sweet - Jacob Betts


Avatar
"A perfectly cast performance that captivated the audience. Even the deer and coyotes came out for this wonderful play. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. You don't want to miss this one."

sweet - M Carbeck


Avatar
"Such a wonderful production with an A+ cast. Everyone from the cast to the crew did a terrific job bringing this hilarious play to life. I thoroughly enjoyed spending an evening at the park being swept away by this laugh-out-loud production. Bravo!"

sweet - Lauren Millard


Avatar
"Very funny and well done production. The cast is superb and the show is 100% engaging. It was just so much fun to be outside with a picnic and see a fantastic professional show. The acting, lighting, sets, sound....it was all on the money. Make sure to dress warmly and bring a blanket, it gets chilly. And bring some cash to donate!!"

sweet - Beth Godfrey


Avatar
"Superb! No shortcomings in this outdoor, minimally-staged production. Each role is wonderfully cast and artfully portrayed. Each actor seemed to enjoy their role, bringing an evening of enjoyment and laughter. I am going to see this one twice...don't miss it!"

sweet - Hank Carbeck


Avatar
"Loved having the opportunity to spread out our picnic blanket and laugh the night away watching this play. The actors all brought their A game and our group loved their interaction with the audience. Sign me up for an al fresco picnic and a play any day of the week. Great way to start off the weekend and the spring season - everyone go enjoy!"

sweet - Kate hammond


Avatar
"This throughly entertaining production offers an incredibly talented cast! The outdoor venue makes for a fun, relaxed atmosphere. The comedic skills of the cast shine throughout the show! The fantastic cast, the excellent directing by Rebecca Lynne, and the beautiful venue make this a must-see production! Make the effort to go see this show - it will be an evening well spent!"

sweet - Lynne Johnson


Avatar
"Awesome and entertaining evening with the whole family! The sound was fantastic for being an outdoor venue."

sweet - Ryan Young


Avatar
"A wonderful cast that keeps you entertained with their spin of a classic with a hint of comedy. The play is done outside so if you do decide to come, please bring jackets and blankets!! It will get cold and windy. Dean Productions Theatre Company has always done a wonderful job maximizing the space and the simple stage set up. I would recommend it to any who are looking for a fun activity to do at night!"

sweet - Ryan Lew


Avatar
"I really enjoyed my time at this alfresco theatrical! Well acted with many silly/exaggerated moments which enhanced this Oscar Wilde play."

sweet - Melissa Perkins


Avatar
"A delightful production with a fun 1920s theme. The actors provided just the right amount of silliness to match Wilde's witty dialogue. Cheeky nods to the outdoor setting and sparse set added to the sense of fun. Definitely worth seeing!"

sweet - Jeff Perkins