“Being Earnest” takes stage at Florida Repertory studio

“Being Earnest” takes stage at Florida Repertory studio

Florida Repertory Theatre’s 25th anniversary season continues with the classic comedy, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” by Oscar Wilde.

The live theater production will be staged in the ArtStage Studio Theatre Feb. 3 through March 5, with discounted previews from Jan. 31 through Feb. 2. For tickets, call the box office at 239- 332-4488 or toll-free at 877-787-8053 or visit www.floridarep.org.

“The Importance of Being Earnest” follows two carefree bachelors in 1895 London who lead carefully hidden double lives.

When one gentleman discovers the other’s ruse, he takes advantage of the information and travels to the country to cause a bit of light-hearted mischief. Silliness ensues when an indomitable dowager, a whimsical ingénue, a society lady, a governess, and a cleric are caught up in a whirlwind of mistaken identities, hysterical misunderstandings, and an unexpected love triangle.

“Wilde’s comedy classic sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilarious situations,” said producing artistic director

Greg Longenhagen. “The play is staged in the round in the intimate Art- Stage Studio Theatre placing the audience smack in the middle of the action as our cast brings this story to vivid life.”

“The Importance of Being Earnest” stars ensemble member David Breitbarth and returning guest artists Chase Brackett, Carol Halstead, Jake Murphy, Jan Neuberger and Seth Robert Patterson, with Talley Gale, Ella Olesen and Max Roll making their Florida Rep debuts.

Florida Rep ensemble member Chris Clavelli returns after directing “Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help” earlier this season. He is joined by an expert creative team including set designer Kimberly V. Powers, costume designer Stefanie Genda, lighting designer Todd O. Wren, sound designer Katie Lowe and ensemble stage manager Janine Wochna.

Single ticket prices are $63 for regular performances from Feb. 3 through March 5. Discounted tickets are offered at $39 during preview performances. ¦