UWL Theatre presents timeless tease of high-class society

Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” opens April 21.

The UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts presents Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” a classic comedy about mistaken identities, secret engagements and exceptional wit.

In late 19th century London, bachelor Jack Worthing pretends to be a fictitious person by the name of “Ernest” in order to court the exquisitely desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax. When Jack, as Ernest, successfully woos Gwendolyn, Jack’s comrade, Algernon, decides to steal Jack’s idea and also pose as Ernest to win the heart of the beautiful Cecily Cardew. However, when Gwendolyn and Cecily discover they are both in love with a man named Ernest, the perfect plan becomes complete pandemonium.

Hilarious and brimming with eccentric characters, Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 21 and 22 and April 27-29 with matinee performances at 2 o’clock Sundays, April 23 and 30, in Toland Theatre in the Center for the Arts, 333 N. 16th St.

Tickets go on sale at 1 p.m. Monday, April 17. Box office hours are 1-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, and one hour before show times. Tickets are $5 for UWL students, $14 for other students and senior citizens, and $16 for others. For tickets, call the Box Office at 608.785.8522.

If you go—

Who: UWL Department of Theatre Arts

What: “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde

Where: Toland Theatre in the Center for the Arts,333 N. 16th St.

When: April 21-22 & April 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. and April 23 & 30 at 2 p.m.

Admission: Tickets are $5 for UWL students, $14 for other students and senior citizens, and $16 for others. For tickets, call the Box Office at 608.785.8522.

Tickets go on sale at 1 p.m. Monday, April 17. Box office hours are 1-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, and one hour before show times.

Cast: Emily Farebrother, Morgan Gates, Colton Janz, Avital Maltinski, Aamer Mian, Beth Ryan, Devin Vogel, Allante Walker, Julia Whalen