The Importance of Paying Attention

Surprise not-really-a-review, guys. My theater class got snowed out of one session; consequently, we had money left over, and the teachers decided to go all-out and let us see a Broadway play yesterday, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, performed by the Roundabout Theatre Company.

I don’t think I can write a proper essay about this. The short summary is that the play follows two men and the trouble they get into when they accidentally share the same alias. Everything about the play is brilliant — the acting, the sets (and the fact that even though there are three scene changes the layout is the exact same for all three), the costumes, everything. You really have to see it to experience it fully.

And be sure to pay attention, especially early. Many, many, many of the things mentioned in the first act are relevant later on, something we call Chekhov’s Gun (actually, since there’s so many, the play is a so-called Chekhov’s Armory). Click on those links and read them if you don’t understand.

I do highly recommend this play. If you don’t see it, you’re missing a gem. Find it at the American Airlines Theatre, 42 St between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue (it shares the block with the place Spider-Man will show). Play runs about 2:30 with two intermissions.

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