The Importance of Being Earnest is a classic play by Irish playwright and author Oscar Wilde, first performed in 1895. The play is a comedy of manners that satirizes the conventions and hypocrisies of Victorian society, particularly in the areas of courtship, marriage, and social status.
The story revolves around two young men, Algernon and Jack, who both adopt the name 'Ernest' as part of their respective double lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women, Gwendolen and Cecily, who both declare that they could only love a man named Ernest. As the characters engage in a series of hilarious misunderstandings and mistaken identities, they are forced to confront the importance of being honest and sincere in their relationships.
The Importance of Being Earnest is widely regarded as one of the greatest comedies in the English language, celebrated for its sparkling wit, clever wordplay, and biting social commentary. The play has been frequently performed, adapted, and studied, and it remains a beloved classic of the theater.
"To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up."
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