It's time for my review of The Importance of Being Earnest.
I thought I was seeing The Importance of Being Earnest, I ended up seeing a play about a group of people performing The Importance of Being Earnest. They have turned the original play into a show about an amateur dramatic theatre group trying to put on the show, in a kind of 'The Play That Goes Wrong' way. Sadly though The Importance of Being Earnest + The Play That Goes Wrong = one of the worst shows I have ever seen. I have heard that The Importance of Being Earnest is one of the best plays ever written, so why on earth would they change it? The characters are portrayed by actors in their 50s-70s which doesn't really work well. For me the 4 lead roles should be played by actors in their 20s. There were some really cheesy lines when they were preparing to put on the play just for cheap laughs. I don't think this 'idea' of a group of older actors putting on this famous play works and I also didn't think the play was very well directed. There were some people in the audience who were laughing their heads off, and I felt like saying "What is there to find funny?" It did not appeal to me at all. My Mum begged for us to leave at half time but I wanted to stay so I could do a review. I was hoping to see The Importance of Being Earnest with David Suchet in the West End but this production of the show has put me off seeing the play again. Anyway, moving onto the good points, I thought the actors were very, very good. The cast included Martin Jarvis as Tony, Nigel Havers as Dicky, Carmen Du Sautoy as Maria, Christine Kavanagh as Ellen, Siân Phillips as Lavinia, Rosalind Ayres as Wendy, David Shaw-Parker as Fergus and Nigel Anthony as George. I find it such a shame these talented actors are wasted on this awful production. I thought the set and costumes were good. I found act two to be a little bit better than act one but it still wasn't perfection.
The featured star of The Importance of Being Earnest is, drum roll please… NIGEL HAVERS!
This was a hard decision for me as at one point I was going to give featured star to Martin Jarvis but in the end decided to go with Nigel Havers. He showed a good range of acting and I feel he is wasted in this show.
Now for my final verdict on The Importance of Being Earnest. I give The Importance of Being Earnest…
I was originally going to give this show two stars, but the fantastic actors in this show have managed to save it.
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Join me next time when I will be reviewing The Rocky Horror Show.
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