Opera & Musical Theater

Classical Theatre Company’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Listen to cast members talk about this Oscar Wilde classic.


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Houston’s Classical Theatre Company ends its 2031-14 season with Oscar Wilde’s final, and perhaps most masterful play, The Importance of Being Earnest, currently onstage at The Barn.

In this comedy of manners, socialite Jack Worthing and dilettante friend, Algernon Moncrieff, create fictitious alter egos for themselves in order to negotiate the stifling restrictions placed upon them by Victorian society. Hilarity ensues when their love interests fall in love with these false personas. Full of witty repartee and scathing social commentary, The Importance of Being Earnest takes aim at the social mores of late 19th-century Britain.

CTC artistic director John Johnston, who plays Jack, and Matthew Keenan, who’s Algernon, talk with Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn about Wilde’s “wild ride” of a play.


CTC’s The Importance of Being Earnest is onstage at The Barn through April 27th.