The Importance of Being Earnest

June 26 – July 14 
by Oscar Wilde
directed by David Hyde Pierce

What if a family of Guys and Dolls-style gangsters moved to Downton Abbey-style London in order to escape certain, shall we say, entanglements? What if two of these wise guys fell hard for two tough dolls? And what if the formidable dame who runs the aforementioned criminal family developed an appetite for cucumber sandwiches? Director David Hyde Pierce gives us Oscar Wilde’s hilarious high society satire in a very new way. Welcome to the family.

Sponsored by Rhoda R. Herrick






Scene Design | Allen Moyer
Costume Design | Michael Krass
Lighting Design | Ben Stanton
Sound Design | Jill BC DuBoff


Press and Media

Curtain Raisers review with LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS'
Brooks Ashmanskas, The Wallstreet Journal

"Even tough guys, it turns out, like cucumber sandwiches.”

-Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe

"...the fine cast, led by a spot-on Cancelmi, all shine ..."
-Brian Scott Lipton, Theatermania

“ of the best productions in recent memory.”
-J. Peter Bergman, Advocate Weekly

“...Pierce's choice to give his actors Damon Runyon-esque accents breathes new life into the text...”
-Jennifer Huberdeau, North Adams Transcript

" many laughs … a revelation …"
-Robert Goepfert, Troy Record

"...physical comedy at its best..."
-Telly Halkias, Bennington Banner

"If you can't get loopy during the summer time, then when can you?"
-Frank Rizzo, Hartford Courant