Dueling Critics: 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

December 10, 2010

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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(Photo courtesy of Remy Bumppo Theatre)
'The Importance of Being Earnest' at Remy Bumppo Theatre with Kelsey Brennan, Paul Hurley and Greg Matthew Anderson.
(Photo courtesy of Remy Bumppo Theatre)
'The Importance of Being Earnest': Paul Hurley, Linda Gillum, and Greg Matthew Anderson.
(Photo courtesy of Remy Bumppo Theatre)
'The Importance of Being Earnest' at Remy Bumppo Theatre starring Greg Matthew Anderson.
(Photo courtesy of Remy Bumppo Theatre)
Kelsey Brennan and Annabel Armour in Remy Bumppo Theatre's production of 'The Importance of Being Earnest.'
(Photo courtesy of the Guild Complex of Chicago)
'Tour Guides' by the Guild Complex is playing at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts.
(Photo courtesy of the Guild Complex of Chicago)
'Tour Guides' is the inaugural production from the Guild’s Poetry Performance Incubator project.
(Photo courtesy of the Guild Complex of Chicago)
'Tour Guides' is written by a team of nine dynamic Chicago poets and staged by noted director Coya Paz.

Debates earlier this week around the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts has some crying class warfare. Though Oscar Wilde never called for anything like armed conflict, his mockery of the upper crust in Victorian England was revolutionary in its own way.

Paul Hurley plays Jack Worthing and Greg Matthew Anderson is Algernon Moncrieff in Remy Bumppo Theatre’s production of Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest."

"Eight Forty-Eight" invited its Dueling Critics in to talk about this Wilde comedy.  Regular theater contributors Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleinman reviewed the production which runs at Remy Bumppo Theatre through Jan. 9.


Kelly's Pick:
"Tour Guides" by Guild Complex Poetry Performance Incubator
Fridays and Saturday through Dec. 18
 

Jonathan's Picks:

"Santaland Diaries"at Athenaeum Theatre
"Black Peter" at Gorilla Tango Theatre

Music Button: Gustavo Cerati, "Lago En El Cielo," from the release Ahi Vamos (BMG Argentina)