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The Importance of Being Earnest - The Mercury News Review

Review: Wit runneth over in ‘Importance of Being Earnest’ in Berkeley

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Directed by Nicole Menez, who performed in the company’s “Twelfth Night” last summer, it’s a pleasingly sprightly production that lets the wit flow freely. Francis Serpa is a gentlemanly and immaculately mustachioed Jack Worthing, who goes by the name of Ernest for complicated reasons. Davern Wright makes an appealing aristocratic ne’er-do-well as his friend Algernon, who also poses as a man named Ernest to meet Jack’s pretty young ward.

The satirical commentary on Victorian society throughout the script has necessarily lost some of its bite over the last century or so. Even so, “Earnest” is packed with so many wonderfully witty lines and farcical complications that it remains a delight no matter how many times one might have seen it or how recently. It’s a charmingly roguish play that enchants anew at every encounter.

Review: Wit runneth over in ‘Importance of Being Earnest’ in Berkeley

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