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"Importance of Being Earnest" performed by Atlantic Acting School's NYU3

October 19, 2017

"The Importance of Being Earnest" directed by Stephen Brown-Fried performed at Atlantic Acting School's Stage 2 from October 18-21.

 

Misogyny, dishonesty and a dash of incest all make for a hilarious, and sometimes cringe-worthy experience.

 

Last night I watched an incredible production of The Importance of Being Earnest performed by Atlantic Acting School's NYU3 students directed by Stephen Brown-Fried.

 

The Importance of Being Earnest features Sekai Murashige as Jack Worthing, a love-struck gentleman who dreams up an alter-ego/evil brother named Ernest to escape his own boring life and visit his friend Algernon (Devon McDowell) in order to get closer to Algernon's cousin.

 

Minimalist set design coupled with excellent stage pictures guarantees an aesthetically pleasing production; the cast of 8 brought the difficult, heightened language life, and the cast's chemistry makes this production blossom.

"Atlantic Acting School's NYU3's production of The Importance of Being Earnest was a delightful combination of hilarity, alacrity, and Bunbury."

In the beginning of the play, Murashige's hilarious back and forth with McDowell illustrates the show's thematic clash between narcissism and deceit. This dynamic redirects upon the entrance of Lady Bracknell (Garrett Million) and Gwendolen Fairfax, Algernon's cousin (Caitlin Dullahan-Bates). This beautiful mix of character personality shines when Dullahan-Bates leans into her sexuality as Million jars the audience, leaving them in stitches with his loud, demanding voice.

 

Later in the play we see a great series of dichotomies in the character relationships, Love and hate, admiration and jealousy all pervade the relationship between Dullahan-Bates' Fairfax and Cecily Cardew (Susan Dorf). Dorf's half innocent, wide-eyed mannerisms mixed with subtle aggression give Cecily the perfect amount of instability.

 

These strong personalities by no means outshine the cute, awkward relationship between Mrs. Prism (Kelsey Malanowski) and Reverend Canon Chasuble (Sean Mannix) nor the hilarious ins-and-outs of Daniel Kreizberg, who plays both Lane and Merriman.

 

Atlantic Acting School's NYU3's production of The Importance of Being Earnest was a delightful combination of hilarity, alacrity, and Bunbury.  I would highly recommend it! For ticket information click here!

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