A Wilde Valentine’s Evening

On Valentine’s Day,a group of theatre enthusiasts huddled together to dedicate their evening to not St. Valentine but Oscar Wilde,by presenting J for Ernest,an Indian adaptation of Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of being Ernest.

Written by Aditi Pancholi | Published:February 16, 2012 3:08 am

On Valentine’s Day,a group of theatre enthusiasts huddled together to dedicate their evening to not St. Valentine but Oscar Wilde,by presenting J for Ernest,an Indian adaptation of Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of being Ernest. Directed by Archit Kumar of At Rise Productions,the play was showcased at M L Bhartia Auditorium,Alliance Francaise.

The opening of the play transported the audience to a luxurious flat at Mumbai’s Marine Drive with a piano playing in the background. The story proceeded with an amusing dialogue between two dashing young men — Richard and Jack — living in 21st-century India,who are using the same pseudonym,Ernest,on the sly whilst pursuing the love of their lives and deceiving them. Their future,however,gets thrown into chaos when their true identities are revealed. And if things couldn’t get any worse,the duo encounter the formidable Lady Elizabeth. Sanchit Kumar,director of the play,said,“A lie becomes the play’s central theme. Characters reveal their deepest and darkest secrets — maybe just to amuse you,maybe just so you amuse them.”

Incidentally,The Importance of Being Earnest was first performed on February 14,1895,in London,and has been revived many times since then.

The reporter is a student of Express Institute of Media Studies

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