Friday, March 29, 2013

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest and Four Other PlaysGoodreads Description:    Oscar Wilde's legendary wit dazzles in The Importance of Being Earnest, one of the greatest and most popular works of drama to emerge from Victorian England. A light-hearted satire of the absurdity of all forms and conventions, this comic masterpiece features an unforgettable cast of characters who, as critic Max Beerbohm observed, "speak a kind of beautiful nonsense - the language of high comedy, twisted into fantasy."

This collection also includes Oscar Wilde's most famous comedies: Lady Windermere's FanA Woman of No Importance, and An Ideal Husband, as well as his poetic tragedy Salomé - all written between 1891 and 1895, Wilde's most creative period. George Bernard Shaw said of Oscar Wilde that he is "our most thorough playwright. He plays with everything: with wit, with philosophy, with drama, with actors and audience, with the whole theater."

My Thoughts on The Importance of Being Earnest:

-    The movie adaption of this was kinda corny, but I found the play quite humorous! I liked it a lot better!

-    Algernon is funny. He is very clever and witty. Sometimes he can be a bit egotistical, but I like his character.

-    Cecily is such a dreamer! I can't believe she isn't embarrassed by some of the things she has in her diary. I would never let anyone read my journal, let alone a diary like the one Cecily keeps.    

-    Jack and Algernon's bickering is hilarious! I loved the part with the muffins. Now I want some muffins! 

-    There is line in the play that Gene Wilder uses in Willy Wonka! I didn't know it came from this play! If you've read this, do you know which line I'm talking about?

-    Overall, I really enjoyed this play, and I think I need to go re-watch the movie now. I think I'd appreciate it more.

My Thoughts on Lady Windermere's Fan:

-    There are too many characters in this play. It was hard to keep track of who was who. I still understood the play, but I think they could have cut a few people out.

-    This was an interesting play with a bit of suspence.

-    I would like to see this on the stage.

My Thoughts on A Woman of No Importance:

-    The beginning is very boring! They just speak of politics and other random topics!

-    In fact the whole play is just blah blah blah!

-    There were WAY too many characters. I had no idea who was who.

-    There was a couple lines that were from The Importance of Being Earnest. Oscar Wilde must have really liked those bits of dialogue.

I got burned out of plays after reading these 3, so I didn't read the last 2. I'll get to them some day.

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