A brand new, Wilde time that Oscar would have beloved!

Steph Roberts, left, Joel Horwood and Holly Ross in “The Significance of Being Earnest”. Picture: Janelle McMenamin

Theatre / “The Significance of Being Earnest”, written by Oscar Wilde, directed by Jarrad West. At ACT Hub Theatre, Kingston, to December 17. Reviewed by LEN POWER.

THERE’S one thing fairly depraved and fantastic taking place on the ACT Hub Theatre in Kingston. Director Jarrad West has taken Oscar Wilde’s traditional play, “The Significance of Being Earnest”, and breathed new life into it with a more-than-capable forged prepared to play the hell out of it and entertain audiences in a manner they might by no means have suspected.

The play was Wilde’s fourth and most enduring play. Written in 1895, it’s a farce that  satirises Victorian society, establishments and the morals and manners of the time. Its witty dialogue and well-known epigrams delight audiences even after greater than 100 years.

The very first thing you discover on arrival on the ACT Hub Theatre is that the auditorium and lobby have been modified. Out of the blue it’s a very atmospheric cabaret setting with tables and chairs and two bizarrely-dressed singers, The Downlows (Louiza Blomfield and Dave Collins), warbling slightly trendy songs very properly.

The play erupts slightly than begins at one of many tables within the midst of the viewers. Steph Roberts seems to be enjoying Algernon Moncrieff, usually a male position, and Joel Horwood is Jack Worthing, a man-about-town or one thing.

A parade of curious characters follows, performed by well-known Canberra actors who nearly defy recognition of their extraordinary costumes by Fiona Leach and gender selection by whoever.

Louiza Blomfield and Dave Collins performing as The Downlows. Picture: Janelle McMenamin

Lainie Hart is a formidable Girl Bracknell in a high hat, Shae Kelly is Gwendoline Fairfax like she has by no means been performed earlier than, Holly Ross provides shades of which means to Cecily Cardew we didn’t know have been there, Victoria Dixon is a delightfully distorted Miss Prism and Janie Lawson is insanely humorous in her distinctive tackle Dr Chasuble.

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Most of the forged be part of the singers on the microphone, too. The Downlows chime in with songs from time to time and the surly and dangerous-looking waiter Merrilane (Blue Hyslop) someway retains all of it working easily whereas trying like an escapee from “The Rocky Horror Present”.

It may have been a raffle that didn’t repay, however the play’s phrases are revered and the forged are good farceurs who ship these strains with talent, maintaining the layers of which means intact. Pay attention fastidiously for sly, trendy additions. The motion strikes across the room to varied tables, so don’t get too snug as you may be requested to maneuver.

Director West has produced a outstanding leisure with this traditional play pulled aside and put again collectively once more. His forged have embraced his imaginative and prescient, giving the viewers a furiously performed night of enjoyable and laughter. Oscar Wilde would have beloved it!

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Ian Meikle, editor