Wednesday, April 30, 2014

52:120 The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

A crazy little play about two men, neither of whom are named Earnest, who fall in love (at lightening speed in one case) with women who believe them to be named Earnest and swear that they wouldn't be able to love, let alone marry, someone of a different name.  This leads them to going to great lengths to make the name change and life change necessary to procure the love of the women they pursue.

I found it somewhat cute but also utterly preposterous.  Maybe it's something about the time it was written that doesn't translate well to current times but the whole "I just met you, let's get married" thing bugs me and then especially how if the man isn't named Earnest than forget it, can't happen.  I get that it's supposed to be a comedy and poking fun at the societal issues of the day but seeing women portrayed in that kind of foolish light really rubs me the wrong way.

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