The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, arguably his most famous play, takes place towards the close of the 19th century. And yet, audiences still discover a timeless amusement in its production. Originally Wilde wrote it in four acts, but was cut to 3 before its premiere. The wit is streamlined, fast moving and sometimes only laughable three lines later. The characters are winsome, and loveable despite their shallow values which ridicule some silly and some serious sensibilities.

Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, our protagonists, aren’t typical heroes. They live out imagined alter-egos to escape their responsibilities in either the city or the country respectively. They woo two women who readily admit they will love no other than he who is named Ernest. But of course, Ernest doesn’t exist, or at least not as we know him. Yet, Wilde has arranged a hope in happy endings, so that by the end of the play most everything has been tied up with a shrug and a wink.

Performance Dates:

These performances take place at Covenant Christian Academy, 1982 Locust Lane, Harrisburg PA 17109.  For any questions please contact:


The Importance of Being Earnest