Red Koi Reviews

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The Importance of Being Ernest

Posted by redkoireviews on 02/04/2006

The Importance of Being ErnestThis rendition of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Ernest” by British duo Ridiculusmus at the Sydney Opera House is hilarious. By only using two actors to play five characters, the comedy of manners and mistaken identity used by Wilde become yet more hilarious. At first the pair make complete and therefore somewhat slow costume changes, allowing the audience to become familiar with the characters dress and mannerisms. Then as the play moves on, character changes become simpler and faster. The pair make no attempt to cover up costume ‘slips’ which injects new laughs into an old script.

I’ve never seen or read the play before, but my partner has done three or four times. For her, the play was fresh and still funny after all those viewings. The text of the play remains largely unchanged, but the innuendo does not. There’s moments when a subtle sexual reference or tone get considerably raunchier, which seemed to offend the very large American tourists next to us.

The play is part of the ‘Adventures in the Dark‘ series, which looks great. If you can get seats, see this play.

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

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