Drama Society stages Wilde play

Oscar Wilde’s play, the Importance
of Being Earnest, runs at the Prospect Playhouse over consecutive weekends in
June, from 10 to 27 June.

The Cayman Drama Society
production, which was originally written as part satire, part melodrama, is
being staged with a cast of 12, by first-time director Nick Dereza, with the
help of assistant director, Philippa Clark.

“I am excited that I have the
opportunity to direct at a little gem of a theatre,” Mr. Dereza said.

According to the director, the
two-hour long play should suit a wide audience.

“We have tried to reinvent this
classic play by making it really flamboyant with added physical action,” he

“The play is going to… swagger to a
cocktail lounge soundtrack.”

The director added that the
adaptation, as well as putting a new spin on a tried and tested classic, aimed
to bring heightened drama.

“Action, movement and timing are
crucial for comedic effect for this show,” he said.

Having read a lot about Wilde’s
life and times, Mr. Dereza has been inspired during rehearsals by a particularly
memorable quote by the noted wit: “To get back my youth I would do anything in
the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.”

The director said: “[The quote]
reminded me of how the two central characters, Jack and Algernon, behave.  Algy and Jack are portrayed as two hopeless
boys who have not grown up yet, living a life of deceit or in debt.

“Below the surface of this brittle
comedy… is a serious subtext that takes aim at the self-righteous morality
and hypocrisy of the Victorian era,” he said.

“Wilde is presenting us this
artificial world.  Earnestness implies
seriousness and sincerity; however, [he] saw it meaning complacency, smugness
or self-righteousness, hallmarks of the Victorian character.”

For show times and
tickets, priced $20 (Adults) and $10 (Children), call the Cayman Drama Society
Box Office, at 949 – 5054.

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