Press Release for The Importance of Being Earnest, September 23, 2015
Spring Lake Theatre Company proudly presents The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s wildly-acclaimed comedic masterpiece. Earnest tells the story of two young bachelors, John Worthington and Algernon Moncrieff, who each live a double-life. The men craft elaborate deceptions to whip up excitement in their lives, gaining the affection of Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew in the process. The situation complicates itself as the men’s duplicity is revealed, all in jovial, side-splitting fashion.
The exceptional cast is headed by Bill King (Interlaken) in the role of John Worthing; King was last seen in SLTC productions such as 1776 and The Drowsy Chaperone. Most notable is Michael Penna (Long Branch), who both plays the role of Algernon Moncrieff and is the Director of the production. Penna has recently appeared in SLTC’s productions of Mary Poppins and Jesus Christ Superstar.
The show also includes performances by Krissy Silwoski (Spring Lake Heights) as Cecily Cardew, Jackie Mulvaney (Ocean Township) as Gwendolyn Fairfax, Lauren J. Cooke (Freehold) as Lady Bracknell, Elizabeth Kielty (Spring Lake Heights) as Miss Prism, Chris Randazzo (Sea Girt) as Reverend Canon Chasuble, Brendan Considine (Spring Lake Heights) as Lane and Jim Joyce (Spring Lake) as Merriman. The production features exquisite costume design by Patricia Barry and Theresa Condoluci and superb set and lighting design by Andrew Dagostino.
Tickets can be purchased through the Box Office by phone by calling 732-449-4530, in person at the Spring Lake Community House or online at www.springlaketheatre.com. Performances are October 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8:00pm and October 17 and 24 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors/students and $22 for children 12 and under. There are also special student rates for groups; call for more information.