The Importance of Being Earnest
May 26, 2017 - June 11, 2017
This spring, the Morris-Jumel Mansion in upper Manhattan will present an original production of The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s farcical play set in Victorian England, in its newly reinterpreted Octagon Drawing Room, recently restored Sunken Garden, front porch, and portico. The Octagon Room contains furnishings and portraits authentic to the Victorian era in which the story takes place. You'll follow the actors through the Mansion and it's grounds and be delighted by Wilde’s classic comedic tale about the foibles and conventions of Victorian society revealed through a twisting plot, secret identities, and unexpected revelations. Through witty dialogue and word play, Wilde’s characters (both real and imaginary) expose the hypocrisy of class-conscious individuals and rarefied codes of conduct of the day.