The Importance of Being Earnest- A Dramanon Production

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

The scene opens with Jack and Algernon, two young, and well-to-do men of dignity. Jack is referred to initially by Algernon as Ernest. He lives a respectful life in the countryside, being a good example to his young ward Cecily. He arrives here to inform Algernon of his desire to ask for Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolyn’s, hand in marriage. It is at this point that a few lies of Jack are exposed. His true name is Ernest, not Jack as he is referred to by Algernon. He is known as Jack in the country and Ernest in the city. In reality, Ernest is an imaginary younger brother of Jack, who was conjured by the elder brother himself to the people of his household at the countryside.

In order to be married to Gwendolyn, Jack must receive the approval of her mother and Algernon’s aunt, Augusta. Reluctant to do so, he is left with no choice as the Lady and her daughter arrive at the house. Augusta and Algernon leave the room to discuss other matters, leaving Gwendolyn and Jack to themselves. Gwen declares her desire to be married to a man of the name ‘Ernest’ which is the name he goes by in the town. He wishes to be officially Christened by this name, and gets down on one knee to propose, only for a disgusted Augusta to reappear. She is disapproving of his proposal, believing him to be too immature and not having been raised well. Moving on, Algergon and Jack talk about how Jack plans to end the story of his younger brother Ernest in the country, where the scene closes.

The nest scene begins at the country home of Cecily, Jack’s ward, having her lessons from Miss Prism. The latter soon departs with Canon Chasuble, who seems to be interested in her. Algergon soon arrives, pretending to be Ernest. While she initially doesn’t like his behavior, she seems to slowly grow fond of it. Once they depart the room, Miss Prism and Canon Chasuble reappear. Soon later, Jack arrives, to inform them of the death of his ‘brother’ Ernest. Jack informs Chasuble of his desire to be christened, to which the latter obliges. Suddenly, Algergon appears , much to Jack’s chagrin, which causes an awkward conversation between the two. As the scene moves on, Algergon(pretending to be Ernest) and Cecily are left alone. Ernest, in the midst of the conversation, aso declares her intentions to be married to a man of the name ‘Ernest’. Algergon attempts to propose to Cecily, who tells him they have already been engaged for three months, which happened by postage and letters. Algergon is caught off guard, as he merely pretends to be Ernest, but manages to hold his own. Gwendolyn arrives at the scene, asking for Ernest(Jack), which causes great confusion between her and Cecily of the identity of the real Ernest, and this results in an unfriendly exchange between the two. At this point, both Jack and Algergon reappear, admitting that Ernest is an imaginary character which was created by both of them to seek love from those they admired.

Following the interval, both the girls question they boys’ fake identities. Though upset, their love for the boys overwhelms them and they both seek to get married to their respective lovers. This causes the two boys to argue over who is to get Christened that evening. Once again, Augusta arrives at an awkward moment, demanding that the two couples keep their distances. Seeing Algergon with Cecily causes Augusta to boil over, as Cecily states that they are engaged. Attempting to defend her honour, Jack defends his ward and makes a big claim about her wealth, which suddenly leads to a complete turn of interests from Augusta. She now begins to approve their marriage, to which Jack himself denies consent, which he is obliged to do being Cecily’s ward. He will only change his mind on the condition that Augusta approves his own marriage to her daughter Gwendolyn. This leads to an argument, with both Jack and Augusta making great claims of how the situation may be twisted and turned.

Chasuble returns to the scene to perform the Christening, which Jack believes cannot happen under the current circumstances. Chasuble happily prepares to depart, informing them that he is to leave to see Miss Prism. The name ‘Prism’ seems to ring a bell to Augusta, who appears to have a history with her. Prism herself arrives, leaving Augusta in shock. The two haven’t seen each other in 28 years. Augusta accuses Prism of having left a baby of their family to die at a railway station. This is cleared up by prism, who says she accidentally put the baby in a bag and a manual in a basinet when she was supposed to do the opposite.

Jack appears with the bag, which Prism onfirms is the same bag she was referring to. It is now revealed that Jack was the baby in the bag and was the child of Augusta’s sister and brother by marriage. This makes Algergon and Jack brothers. It is also found out, by looking into the man’s journal, that Jack was actually named after his true father, Ernest. Inadvertently, all of Jack’s lies had actually been the truth all along. The three couples look at each other with love. The play aptly ends with Jack saying the words ‘on this day I have truly realized The Importance of Being E(a)rnest.

The drama was filled with some brilliant puns and wonderfully executed comedic lines. The comical statements and expressions left the audience highly entertained at the spectacle, and left them wanting more. The background of the story taking place in England was also very well executed by all the actors. Furthermore, the lights and sound effects added to the great theatre. Overall, the drama was wonderfully performed and carried out, yet another successful story play carried out by Dramanon.  

Ananya Roy

Klutz Lord/ Pun enthusiast. Puppies over hoomans. Classical pianist who may sometimes get difficult to Handel, Vivaldi inbuilt sarcasm. Firm believer in all-goblin string quartets and the jabberwocky.

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