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Roundabout’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST begins previews tonight on Broadway with an official opening on January 13th, 2011 at the American Airlines Theatre (227 W42nd St.).

The Daily News
December 17, 2010


The Importance of Being Earnest

Brian Bedford pulls off ‘Earnest’ performance dressed as Lady Bracknell

Joe Dziemianowicz

The dude looks like a lady.


Make that Lady, as in Lady Bracknell, the formidable Victorian gentlewoman in Oscar Wilde‘s witty satire “The Importance of Being Earnest.”


That thought occurs to you, looking at pictures of Brian Bedford wearing an ornate red frock and hat as the authoritarian aristocrat in a new Broadway production of the 1895 play. The show launches tonight at the American Airlines Theatre.


But the 75-year-old English actor, who also directs the Roundabout Theatre Company revival running through March 6, would prefer audiences concentrate on the words in the bon mot-dusted comedy of mistaken identities, not on cross-dressing. “La Cage aux Folles” this isn’t.


“The novelty aspect of a man playing Lady B. could be distracting and actually damaging to the audience’s experience of this great play,” says Bedford. “So the challenge is to make her absolutely real and as dimensional as possible, with no hint of transvestitism. I’ve tried very hard to do that.” Continue reading

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST begins previews tonight 12/17



Brian Bedford

Directs & Stars in

By Oscar Wilde


Paxton Whitehead

Santino Fontana, David Furr, Tim MacDonald, Paul O’Brien, Charlotte Parry, Sara Topham


Dana Ivey

Opening night is January 13th, 2011

On Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is proud to present a new Broadway production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford as “Lady Bracknell.” The cast also features Dana Ivey as “Miss Prism,” Paxton Whitehead as “Rev. Canon Chasuble,” Santino Fontana as “Algernon Moncrieff,” David Furr as “John Worthing,” Tim MacDonald as “Merriman,” Paul O’Brien as “Lane,” Charlotte Parry as “Cecily Cardew,” and Sara Topham as “Gwendolen Fairfax.”


The Importance of Being Earnest will begin previews on Friday, December 17th, 2010 and open officially on Thursday, January 13th, 2011.   This is a limited engagement through Sunday, March 6th, 2011. Continue reading