The Importance of Being Earnest: A Review

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Oscar Wilde's witty play, The Importance of Being Earnest, was a pleasant surprise. Although I had heard of it before and had a vague idea that it was a comedy, I wasn't sure what to expect.

But I soon found that The Importance of Being Earnest is hilarious. While it is lighthearted and humorous, the story and plot are also well planned and well managed, which is something I appreciate in comedies. And the characters are consistent and well-defined. It has all the elements of a good story.

The play is about two friends, Jack Worthy and Algernon Moncrieff who have invented false identities that enable them to evade inconvenient social engagements. Add the young lady Gwendolyn whose mother won't let her marry Jack, Cecily, (Jack's ward) who is in love with someone she has never met, too many muffins eaten at tea time, and there you have it – wit, satire and quotable one liners right up to the very end of the play.

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