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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

by | Read by Miriam Margolyes, Greg Wise et al.

Poetry & Drama • 3 hrs. • Unabridged • ©

Shaun MacLaughlin's direction of this Wilde play strives for an effective dramatic reading, rather than a fully realized radio-drama production with sound effects and atmospheric music.The production uses a narrator (Michael Drew) to read the stage directions. Such directorial emphasis calls attention to Wilde's brilliant dialogue and the strong performances. In THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, one of the most celebrated of all stage comedies, a faster pace helps Greg Wise and Richard Pearce sound young and carefree as they concoct witty deceptions to pursue their sweethearts. Wilde's comic attack on the shams of superficial earnestness in late-Victorian society finds rich expression in Miriam Margolyes's comically formidable Lady Bracknell. She plays the role slightly less broadly than Edith Evans did in the old Angel recording, and her performance keeps with MacLaughlin's subtle approach to Wilde's comedy of manners. G.H. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 98]

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Formats

Retail pak • HighBridge Audio • 1997

CS ISBN 1565116763 $18.95 • Two cassettes

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