The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.
Directed by Jarrad West assisted by Steph Roberts and Joel Horwood. Stage manager Alice Ferguson. Technical director Nikki Fitzgerald. Property design Marya Glyn-Daniel. Lighting design Nathan Sciberras. Sound design Nathan Patrech. Costume design Fiona Leach. Costume realization Fiona Leach. Tanya Taylor Sandy Cassidy Lucy Jones. ACT HUB. December 8-17 2022
Reviewed by Peter Wilkins
|The Downlows- Louiza Blomfield and Dave Collins
Jarrad West’s stunningly imaginative cabaret version of The Importance of Being Earnest is Wilde at his wickedest. It’s the perfect Christmas gift- wildly satirical, hilariously witty and a festive theatrical treat and fitting gift for the Silly Season. In the madcap cabaret setting of the Bunbury Tea Club, West and his brilliant cast of oh so silly characters treat the audience, seated at tables in ACT HUB’s theatre to Oscar Wilde’s irreverent comedy of manners.
|Steph Roberts as Algernon and Joel Horwood as Ernest
|Blue Hyslop as Merrilane. Lainie Hart as Lady Bracknell and Louiza Blomfield
|Steph Roberts. Lainie Hart and Holly Ross as Cecily
A highly talented cast embrace the spirit of West’s vision and the facile superficiality of Wilde’s self-absorbed characters. Each actor brings a distinct absurdity to the role. Holly Ross’s unique performance in the role of the girlish, frivolous Cecily deserves special commendation. In a company of excellent performers, Ross exudes star quality. Keep an eye out for this young emerging actor. She has a bright future ahead of her. West’s direction keeps the audience engaged as actors play out their scenes throughout the theatre. No fourth wall will intrude on the audience’s engagement and immense enjoyment .
|Janie Lawson as Dr. Chasuble. Victoria Dixon as Miss Prism