Poignant and Funny Fifth of July Looks at a Family's Disillusionment After Vietnam
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The last date listed for Fifth of July was Saturday July 11, 2009 / 8:00pm.
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Though they're all about dodging social obligations or commitment of any kind, two wily young bachelors attempt to come across as very earnest -- while masquerading as guys named Ernest -- as they set out to win their well-dowried ladies' hearts. Of course, their plan goes hilariously awry. Oscar Wilde's enduring 1895 satire is a wittily sly romp through Victorian society, filled with one-liners and double entendres that still pack a mighty comic punch today. Revived numerous times on Broadway -- most recently in 2011 -- Earnest was also adapted into a 2002 film starring Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the show from the pastoral Austin Gardens, beneath the summer evening sky. Learn More
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The play seemed to drag on. I thought the effects of Vietnam would be a major part of the plot line. I was searching for a point to all the dialouge. We left after the first act because we were being attacked by mosquitoes. I had about 10 bites afterwards and my boyfriend had 20 (literally). I strongly suggest putting on anti-repellent spray and taking a bug-repellent candle if you go to this theatre. The crowd is small and seems to be mainly locals. The theatre itself is quaint and drew about 25-30 people on Saturday evening. There are quite a few places to pick up dinner from on the way to the theatre if you intend to picnic.
The sequel to Wilson’s acclaimed Talley’s Folly, which was produced by Festival Theatre in 2007. Set in rural Missouri in 1977, it revolves around the Talley family and their friends, and focuses on the disillusionment with America in the wake of an unpopular war. At once poignent and marvelously funny, Fifth of July is a compassionate portrait of a generation trying to decide whether to abandon their past or find the courage to cope with it and to begin anew. In 1978 Fifth of July was nominated for the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for best new play and the Tony Award for Best Play.