It's set in the Victorian era. Jack wants to marry Gwendolen, but must prove his worthy parentage to Lady Bracknell. Meanwhile, Gwendolen's cousin, Algernon, loves Cecily, who happens to be Jack's ward. However, Cecily and Gwendolen both love Earnest, a man they've never met.
Add in an important yet negligible prism through which all the elements of this farce are diffused, then you've got the timeless story that Wilde wrote to poke fun at upper crust "trivialities."
"The Importance of Being Earnest" opens at 8 p.m. Friday at the Driftwood Players Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 10.
Tickets are $25 and $22; 425-774-9600 or www.driftwoodplayers.com.
"These Streets": This is not your average premier. Your first clue is that complimentary earplugs are provided.
The show is loud. As well it should be.
It's a new play about Seattle's grunge years. Women rockers only.
The show takes audiences on a rock 'n' roll ride from the late 1980s to early 1990s, focusing on the women in the Seattle grunge scene who have been overshadowed by male bands.
The story is fictional and based on more than 45 interviews with women who were part of that music scene. The interviews produced a gritty, powerful tale that is filled with music from the 66 Saints, 7 Year Bitch, Bell, Capping Day, Faster Tiger, The Gits, Hammerbox, Kristen Barry and Maxi Badd.
The score is backed by a live band.
"These Streets" will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday through March 10 at ACT's Falls Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle.
Tickets are $15 to $30; 206-292-7676 or www.acttheatre.org.
Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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