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Importance of Being Earnest (Version 4)

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This is a solo recording of the play, meaning that all parts including stage directions are performed by one person. LibriVox has three excellent dramatic recordings with all the parts played by different people so if that is more to your taste, please listen to them. Little needs to be said about the play itself, a sparkling example of Wilde's amazing ability to poke fun at almost everyone while making you laugh out loud at the witty sayings sprinkled throughout the acts. As to the plot, if you don't know it already, let me just say that it involves two young English men who fall madly and instantly in love with two young English.women who of course love them back mainly because their name is Earnest. Unfortunately, that is not their names and there are many bumps and crashes on the road to the happy wedding bells. I only hope I have done justice to this jewel of a play. Please listen and enjoy !

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The Importance of Being Earnest A Trivial Comedy for Serious People

THE PERSONS IN THE PLAY

John Worthing, J.P. Algernon Moncrieff Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D. Merriman, Butler Lane, Manservant Lady Bracknell Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax Cecily Cardew Miss Prism, Governess

THE SCENES OF THE PLAY

ACT I. Algernon Moncrieff's Flat in Half Moon Street, W.

ACT II. The Garden at the Manor House, Woolton.

ACT III. Drawing Room at the Manor House, Woolton.

TIME: The Present.

LONDON: ST. JAMES'S THEATRE

Lessee and Manager: Mr. George Alexander

February 14th, 1895

John Worthing, J.P.: Mr. George Alexander. Algernon Moncrieff: Mr. Allen Aynesworth. Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D.: Mr. H. H. Vincent. Merriman: Mr. Frank Dyall. Lane: Mr. F. Kinsey Peile. Lady Bracknell: Miss Rose Leclercq. Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax: Miss Irene Vanbrugh. Cecily Cardew: Miss Evelyn Millard. Miss Prism: Mrs. George Canninge.

FIRST ACT

SCENE

Morning room in Algernon's flat in Half Moon Street. The room is luxuriously and artistically furnished... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 4 reviews)

Reviewer: - April 10, 2015
the readers are brilliant, loved it sooooo much
Reviewer: - February 15, 2014
Subject: Gorgeous Reading
I love the movie of this and enjoyed the reading just as much! Each reader was quite brilliant and talented!
Reviewer: - April 4, 2013
Subject: Funny stuff
"A Diary of a nobody" made me laugh out loud.
Reviewer: - December 14, 2012
Subject: Brilliant
This is an excellent reading of "Earnest" although it's a shame that the reader sounds a bit like Yoda, its slightly offputting.


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