Alan’s Event Journal

Being earnest 920
Wednesday April 24, 2013 / 7:30pm
Being Earnest
1 ticket

How was your experience?

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My rating isn't really for the quality of performance or production. Theatreworks reliably puts on professional shows of high quality, and the MVCPA is an excellent venue - great sight lines, easy to get to, plenty of dining opportunities nearby. I'm downgrading two stars from a possible five because (a) the songs, while listenable, are fairly forgettable despite entertaining riffs on familar '60s tunes and (b) I thought the conception of Lady Bracknell's character as a Thatcheresque woman of power was a great mistake, and as a result I don't think her lines landed with anywhere near the impact they could have. (I think that's a failure of direction rather than of the actress playing the part.) Anyway, not as funny as a good production of the original play. Not a waste of time either, and I think the audience I was with enjoyed it - I was just keenly conscious of the missed opportunity.