BY ANASTASIA MONTAVON
On Nov. 6, the St. Norbert College Theatre Discipline premiered “The Importance of Being Earnest,” a play by Oscar Wilde. The play, directed by Stephen Rupsch, follows John Worthing (played by Alex Gruber, ’18) and Algernon Moncrieff (played by Logan Thomas, ’16) as they search for love, and try to overcome a case of mistaken identity.
There are a lot of positives for this show. The set is the first thing that hit me as we walked in. Instead of being done in the usual stage setup, the stage is set up like a small arena, with the audience sitting all around the stage. It feels very up close and personal, since the action is taking place right in front of you. The setup works very well with the play, and the actors use the space well. Speaking of the actors, every single one of them did an amazing job. Everyone does a great job bringing their characters to life. Their actions, expressions and dialogue are really what make the play. It’s funny, lively and just absolutely fun to experience. The actors also appeared to be very comfortable speaking with their English accents. Even the set changes are full of life, while also managing to feel like a natural transition between scenes.
There’s not a whole lot the performance did wrong. The ending felt a bit predictable, but the journey getting there was a whole lot fun, making any predictableness feel not very important. There are times I see a show and something about it just feels off. This is not one of those shows. There are no lines that seem forced, no lighting that felt awkward, nothing that really seemed out of place. It’s just a good show.
Overall, “The Importance of Being Earnest” is hilarious from start to finish. Oscar Wilde’s special brand of humor really shines through. Shade is thrown, muffins are eaten and romance blossoms. The cast and crew put in a lot of effort into this show, and it really shows. It feels like a long time since I have enjoyed a theatre performance as much as I’ve enjoyed this one.
As of the publication of this article, “The Importance of Being Earnest” still has a few shows left, on Nov. 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30 in the Webb Theatre. If you have the chance, I recommend going to see this show!