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Iowa Summer Rep: The Importance of Being Earnest

Jun 15, 2017 to Jun 25, 2017
Oscar Wilde
Directed by: 
Josh Sobel
E.C. Mabie Theatre
Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 8:00pm
Friday, June 16, 2017 - 8:00pm
Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 8:00pm
Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 8:00pm
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 8:00pm
Friday, June 23, 2017 - 8:00pm
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 2:00pm
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 8:00pm
Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 2:00pm


In Oscar Wilde's classic Victorian masterpiece, Jack and Algernon have taken to twisting the truth to suit their needs - after all, “In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.” But when their creative liberties, particularly regarding their own names, catch up with them as they attempt to woo two young ladies and overcome the overbearing Lady Bracknell, they must scramble to untangle themselves in the name of love. Earnest is a laugh-out-loud and thoughtful look at society, class, love and the earnestness of living a lie.

Join us for a Pre-Show Talk with the production Dramaturg, Alyssa Cokinis, 45 minutes prior to each performance (Room 206, Theatre Building). Alyssa will be discussing Oscar Wilde and the time in which the play takes place.

Immediately following the Sunday, June 18 performance, there will be a post-show discussion with the cast.


All performances and the pre-show talk are free. Tickets are not required. If you are interested in bringing a group, please contact David McGraw in advance at 319.335.3906.

Free performances for Iowa Summer Rep 2017 are made possible by support from the Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Department of Theatre Arts in advance at 319.335.3906.