Performances for Oscar Wilde’s most famous play, The Importance of Being Earnest will be at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre on the following dates:
April 21 & 22, 27-29 and May 4-6 at 7:30 p.m., with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview Performance April 20 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performance April 29 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $30 for general admission, $27 for seniors and $20 for children/students. For tickets or more information,
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Wilde’s witty Victorian-era farce with biting humor pokes fun at the opulent lifestyle of London’s upper-class. Two young friends try to lead double lives as “Ernest”, but when they fall in love with single ladies, things become complicated. In the midst of all this trickery, it will be hard to tell which “Ernest” is more earnest.
With each new season, Greenbrier Valley Theatre fulfills its mission to bring world-class entertainment to its stage. For the opening production of its 50th season, two young actors have been cast to help fulfill that mission.
Cliff Miller and Marshall Taylor Thurman make their debuts at GVT, starring in this season's production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Both actors bring with them the training and enthusiasm the audience has come to expect and enjoy with every show.
Cliff Miller portrays John Worthing in GVT's production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
“Each day I spend at the theatre, it becomes clearer to me this institution is a gem. The people who work here are deeply committed to reaching a level of excellence in their area,” said Miller, who portrays John Worthing. “I feel this theatre gives the community of Greenbrier Valley an experience of national caliber.”
Miller's love of theatre began 18 years ago as a freshman in high school and he went on to earn his MFA in Theatre Acting from Southern Methodist University. His favorite roles have been in the productions of The Tragedy of Hamlet at Hartford Stage and Red at New Stage Theatre. Putting his hard work and experience to use, Miller has been preparing for his role, not only reading Wilde's work but also learning about the author himself.
Marshall Taylor Thurman portrays Algernon in GVT’s 2017 production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
Taking the same approach, Thurman, who earned his B.A. at Fordham University, brings Algernon to life by both reading Wilde’s biography and learning about British upper-class society. Thurman admits that he probably wouldn’t like his character, but it’s a fun part to play.
“As Algernon, I get [to] think I am always the smartest, wittiest, and the best-dressed person in the room. He walks around with utter confidence, unafraid to make a mess of things because he can talk himself out of any situation. He is indulgent and gluttonous, and yet utterly charming. I don’t think I would ever want to be as deceitful as Algernon is, although he probably doesn’t think he’s lying, merely bending the truth,” Thurman said.
Algernon, with his charming deceit, and the other characters’ who focus on trivial matters, may be mocking the Victorian upper-class, but this satire has remained relevant since its 1895 debut. Both Miller and Thurman admit that the storytelling is timeless, beautiful and full of humor.
“I think this show has remained popular because it is just downright funny. The wordplay, the wit, and the visual jokes are timeless and can make you laugh just reading it on the page. Oscar Wilde isn’t afraid to put highbrow wordplay, right next to down and dirty puns and farce,” Thurman said about Wilde’s writing style.
Get your tickets now for this laugh riot, The Importance of Being Earnest, at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre starting April 21, 2017.