The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde – The Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth
An Original Theatre Company production, The Importance of Being Earnest was an enjoyable night out. Thomas Howes was spot on as Algernon Moncrieff and Gwen Taylor delivered the brilliant acidic wit you expect from Lady Bracknell. The cast played the verbal tennis of the play with dexterity and it was as funny as you’d expect from Wilde.
I enjoyed myself but it’s not something to write home about (she says, writing a blog about it…). Wilde is a legend for a reason. I think with a script as strong as this, it’s never not going to be funny. If the actors are at all skilled, which this company certainly are, it’s always going to get the laughs. There was nothing that made it stand out for me though, the production didn’t offer anything that I’ve not seen in productions of Wilde plays before. You won’t regret seeing this production but I’m also not sure I see anyone telling all their friends about it either.