Witty ‘Earnest’ ready for stage

Earnest play girls

Oscar Wilde’s wickedly funny comedy The Importance of Being Earnest is set to hit the NAU stage.

Directed by theater professor Bob Yowell, the play is billed as the wittiest play in the English language.

The play uses a framework of false identities to satire Victorian manners and customs.

The production features NAU students Lauren Klein as Gwendolen, Anna Hershey as Cecily, Ben Harris as Algernon and Brendan McKay as Jack.

The Importance of Being Earnest runs at 8 p.m. Feb. 27, 28, March 4, 5, 6 and 7. A matinee performance is at 2 p.m. March 1.

For tickets, call the NAU Central Ticket Office at (928) 523-5661. Depending on availability, tickets also can be purchased at each performance.

The Importance of Being Earnest is dedicated to the memory of Clifford E.White who died in December. White, a longtime NAU faculty member, was known for his commitment to student theater.