Wilde farce brings delight to OCU stage

JOHN BRANDENBURG
For The Oklahoman
Modified: April 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm •  Published: April 8, 2013


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Cast of "The Importance of Being Ernest." Photo by Mutz Photography.

Michael Jones was comic and commanding, in drag, as the daunting Lady Bracknell, who staunchly opposes Algernon’s marriage to her daughter, Gwendolen, until she learns how much she will eventually be worth.

Supplying an appealing subplot were Kathryn McGill as Cecily’s stern tutor, who has a racy past as a sentimental novelist and mother of a child born out of wedlock, and Dwight Sandell as a reticent reverend, smitten with her.

Other supporting roles were well filled by James Tyler Kirk as the butler in the country, and Brett Garrett as the butler in the city (who likes to sample the alcoholic beverages he is serving).

Setting standards for satire since it was first performed in 1895, Oscar Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people,” is a bit of a set piece, but its comic elements operated like clockwork Saturday at OCU.

The joint three-act, two-intermission production, briskly directed by Lance Marsh, with sets by Jack Yates, costumes by Robert Pittenridge, sound by Jeffrey Sherwood and lighting by Kathryn Eader, is highly recommended.

It will be repeated at 8 p.m. April 12, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 13, and at 2 p.m. April 14, at OCU’s Burg Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults; and $8 for senior citizens, students, and children ages two through 12. Call 297-2264 or visit the website at www.cityrep.com for information.