Importance of Being Earnest opens at Reps Theatre


Oscar Wilde’s timeless classic The Importance of being Earnest will be on staged at Reps theatre tonight.
Directed by Zane Lucas, the play which is one of the playwright’s most popular works will present local audiences with a comedy of manners.
“It was written and staged for the first time in 1895 and its witty dialogue and exceptional observations of the class it seeks to poke fun at, have given it continued meaning and relevance even more than a century later,” said Reps vice chairperson, Stan Higgins.
Higgins said that the play has stood the test of time and is also a setbook in schools this year and one of the reasons of staging it is to give students a chance to see the story brought to life.
The cast includes some of Harare’s best known theatre actors such as Kevin Hanssen, Jason Linforth and Erin Cooper.
“The Importance of Being Earnest is this time being hosted on a bigger space at the main stage,” he said.
Lucas also has a recent production of another classic titled Hay Fever by Noel Coward.
The play was previewed last night and today it will run until July 3.
“As is always the case with productions by Lucas, there is attention to detail on all fronts and imaginative use of sets, costumes and stage movement,” he said.
He said that this was to complement what is generally regarded as one of the most brilliant scripts to have emanated from Ireland’s most famous playwrights.
Lucas is also coordinator of Hifa-Direct, the new writing and directing project for the Harare International Festival of the Arts in partnership with the British Council.