The Importance of Being Earnest

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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,Greenbrier Valley Theatre musical performances of the 60s

  113 E. Washington Street

  Lewisburg, WV


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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.



Performingin Being Ernest - Cliff Miller

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.



Performingin Being Ernest - Marshall Thurman

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.


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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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This was my first High School play. I never forgot it either! I love to see young perfomers. They have such a zest for life.

Apr 17, 2017 07:28 PM #1
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Patricia Feager, I've never seen this performance and I am looking forward to going this weekend.

Apr 17, 2017 07:48 PM #2
Grant Schneider
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Good Evening Rebecca - sounds like a fun night for a little Victorian Humor.

Apr 17, 2017 07:58 PM #3
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Hi Rebecca

The Greenbrier Valley Theater certainly is an impressive venue, from all that you have shared about their offerings. I've never seen this play but have heard of it and it would great fun to see thie Victorian-era farce! Will you be attending?


Apr 17, 2017 10:16 PM #4
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Rebecca I love young performances, they give it all and hope they will get recognized by the scouts... so you get a phenomenal performance for little money:)Endre

Apr 17, 2017 11:11 PM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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Honesty is one of the more important facets of those working in the profession of real estate, Rebecca!

Apr 18, 2017 01:20 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Rebecca. This play always appeals to me and I have seen it twice. Sounds like a great event in your area.

Apr 18, 2017 04:09 AM #7
Joan Cox
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Rebecca, sounds like another wonderful performance at the Greenbrier Valley Theater that should be very entertaining.

Apr 18, 2017 05:34 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good information to share with area residents and visitors.

Apr 18, 2017 05:44 AM #9
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
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Rebecca Gaujot  One of my very favorites  should be a winner . I expect you are going ?  Great local post as always

Apr 18, 2017 09:33 AM #10
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
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Rebecca, this is not one I've seen before and it sounds like it will be very entertaining. Nice quotes from the actors who will be performing. Enjoy the show!

Apr 18, 2017 02:17 PM #11
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate all the comments.

Apr 18, 2017 06:13 PM #12
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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There are always so many good plays and exhibits going on in your area. You do an excellent job spotlighting them.

Apr 19, 2017 02:21 PM #13
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
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Hi Rebecca... one of my three most favorite playwrights is Wilde. I love this play and it has a special place in my heart because I had a leading role in it in high school when I was in drama club.

Apr 20, 2017 01:01 PM #14
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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Sounds like a worthy event - I hope it's well attended.  I really shoud read this story as it sounds interesting.

Apr 20, 2017 05:50 PM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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Hi Rebecca!  Oh, I remember this play well from childhood - LOVED it! I hope you got to go over the weekend; if not, you should definitely try to get there before the 29th!

Have a great week!

Apr 23, 2017 08:38 PM #16
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
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Love local theater.  We have the Granbury Opra House that's been in operation for over 100 years.  It's a remnant of when every small town in Texas worth it's salt would have an Opra house to show their status.  Most, sadly, have disappeared.  But ours has not only survived but thrived.  It's now a weekend destination for the DFW area. 

Great that your theater is doing so well.

May 17, 2017 06:01 AM #17
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