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Stepping Out

Play opens in ‘Earnest’


Photo By: Tracy Martin/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Tracy Martin/Special To The Town Crier

Lady Bracknell (Maureen McVerry) and her daughter Gwendolyn (Mindy Lym) clash over Gwendolyn’s modern ideas in the world premiere of “Being Earnest,” presented by TheatreWorks through April 28 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

TheatreWorks’ world premiere of “Being Earnest” – the new musical from Tony Award-nominated composer/lyricist Paul Gordon – is slated to run through April 28 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

A hit at TheatreWorks’ 2012 New Works Festival, the play is a lyrical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The musical resets the romantic comedy of mistaken identities in London’s swinging Carnaby Street circa 1964.

In the midst of a London buzzing with mod fashion, new music and evolving ideas of morality, young friends Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff find themselves adopting the pseudonym “Ernest” for various complicated reasons. The two women they court both confess to loving the name as much as the man. When the four unexpectedly meet at Worthing’s country home under the disapproving eye of Lady Bracknell, chaos ensues.

The cast features several actors reprising their roles from the staged reading at last summer’s New Works Festival.

Hayden Tee, returning as the mischievous Jack Worthing, has appeared in productions with Alliance Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Opera Australia and New Zealand’s Court Theatre.

Riley Krull, seen around the Bay Area in productions at the Magic Theatre, 42nd Street Moon and Diablo Theatre Company, returns as the innocent Cecily Cardew.

Maureen McVerry – whose credits include TheatreWorks, American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Theatre and the Magic Theatre – reprises her role as stern Lady Bracknell.

Diana Torres Koss, who has appeared in several productions at TheatreWorks, returns as Cecily’s tutor, Miss Prism.

Robert Kelley, founding artistic director of TheatreWorks, directs “Earnest.” The production includes musical direction by William Liberatore.

Performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and/or 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and/or 7 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $23-$73.

For tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit www.theatreworks.org.

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