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April 18, 1996

ISU Theatre ends season with Importance of Being Earnest

by Curt M. Pratt, News Service intern
Iowa State Theatre ends its season on a light note with Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.

"I think it's one of the funniest plays in the English language," said director Jane Cox, professor of theater. "Although the play was written more than 100 years ago, today's audience of college students and Ames residents will still enjoy Wilde's infamous wit."

The story evolves as young Jack and Algernon seek to marry Cecily and Gwendolyn despite social obstacles and Gwendolyn's mother, Lady Bracknell.

"The play is about two beautiful women and two handsome men who fall in love with the idea of falling in love. It's about the foibles of human beings," Cox said.

The student cast includes Josh Bryner (Algernon), Tyler Uetz (Jack), Amy Stites (Gwendolyn), Heather Gulling (Cecily) and Jennifer Vierck (Lady Bracknell).

Jim Trenberth, assistant professor of music, debuts as set designer.

"Jim has always been the lighting designer, but this time he's doing both. This production has three sets that needed to be designed," Cox said.

"People need to come to this play if they like to laugh. This type of comedy not only amuses us, but it will make us think as well," she added.

The Importance of Being Earnest will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 25, 26, 27, May 3 and 4, and at 2 p.m May 5. All performances will be in Fisher Theater.

Tickets are $7.75 and available at the Iowa State Center box office, TicketMaster outlets or by calling 233-1888.

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