[Play Review] The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People

Oscar Wilde

What rating would you give it?
5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(From Goodreads)
Oscar Wilde’s madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers entanglements still delights readers more than a century after its 1895 publication and premiere performance. The rapid-fire wit and eccentric characters of The Importance of Being Earnest have made it a mainstay of the high school curriculum for decades.

Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor. Jack Worthing has wooed Gewndolen as Ernest while Algernon has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Jack’s ward, Cecily. When all four arrive at Jack’s country home on the same weekend the “rivals” to fight for Ernest s undivided attention and the “Ernests” to claim their beloveds pandemonium breaks loose. Only a senile nursemaid and an old, discarded hand-bag can save the day!

What did you think of this play?

I always knew I would enjoy this — and I’m not just saying that because it was made by Oscar Wilde, either.

Unlike some individuals who might have decided to pick up this book because of the movies that were made from it, or the numerous plays that were performed of it, I just wanted to read it because… well… because it sounded interesting.

Yup. That’s right folks! I wasn’t awe-inspired to pick up this read, or anything of the like. I just thought it would be an interesting read, and BOY DID IT NOT DISAPPOINT.

The humor was, as always, completely on-point and flawless. I found myself snickering and covering my gaping maw far too many times to count. And the subtext. Can we say READING BETWEEN THE LINES? Holy crap, people! There is so much homoerotic references and inquiries riddled throughout, it’s not even SUBTLE anymore. XD

But I won’t go into any more detail. I think this is one of those plays that need to be read/seen rather than talked about in mere words. You need to be immersed in the wit and sarcasm and humor to really get the genius of it.

So just go read it already! You won’t be disappointed. 😉

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Sure does~ Although it was specifically read for the 2015 Play On Reading Challenge, it also fits these challenges as well:

Would you recommend this book?


Highly recommended! This was a bucketful of laughter. I wouldn’t miss out on a chance to read something great. Not by a long shot! So why the hell should you? Go read the thing, already!

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Published: August 2006 (from the 1915
Methuen & Co. Ltd. edition by David Price)
Format: PDF
Pages: 76
Genre & Themes: Comedy, Humor, Play,
Homoerotic Subtext, Subtext, Farce,
Politics, Sarcasm, Court Life
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Gutenberg Project. Click here.
Challenge2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (19),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge,
2015 Play On Reading Challenge

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2 thoughts on “[Play Review] The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

  1. Listra (@museforsaken) April 6, 2015 at 12:30 AM Reply

    Hi, love your review, and your review format as well. It’s beautiful! Thanks for participating in the event~

    Liked by 1 person

    • amomentsilence April 7, 2015 at 12:54 AM Reply

      Hullo! Thank you so very much. I’m really enjoying the event thus far!

      I really love my review format, too! ^^



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