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Dinner Theater
The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde
Wednesday, October 8-Saturday, October 11, 1986

During the second week of October, the Athenaeum will alter its setting to accomodate performances by the Five-College Players as Professor Leonard Pronko directs his rendition of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). The milieu of a nineteenth-century English dining club seems appropriate as the characters enjoy an afternoon tea complete with muffins and cucumber sandwiches. Wilde's "trivial comedy for serious people" will be performed in the round following a savory bill of fare. Speaking of this play, Wilde said, "It has its philosophy ... that we should treat all the trivial things of life seriously, and all the serious things of life with a sincere and studied triviality." His sharp criticism of late nineteenth-century social and moral attitudes is delivered through the language of high comedy-Wilde is joking in earnest.

Todd Andrews of CMC plays Jack, the young man who comes up to London "on a spree," and Christopher Theodore plays Algernon, a young man who visits the country for similar reasons. The scheme of the play explores the complications which ensue. Evening performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on October 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th to be preceded by dinner at 6:00 p.m. Reservations can be made through the Pomona College theatre department by phoning 626-7530 weekday afternoons from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Ticket prices include dinner: $6.00 for students with a meal card number, $10.00 for faculty and staff; $15.00 for general admission. Early reservations are recommended.