Arts & Entertainment

A different form of 'Earnest'

The Importance of Being Earnest has been done plenty of times over the years by various Tri-City theater groups.

But director Joyce Bean believes the Richland Players' next production of this classic play will be different enough to make it enticing to see again.

"As director, I have the opportunity to make old Earnest new and shiny again with an amazing revolving set, music, dance and a lot of action," Bean said. "It is bound to be fun for the audiences."

The setting is England during the late Victorian era. The play's humor mostly comes from characters attempting to maintain false identities, which they hope will allow them to escape unwelcome social obligations.

The play's humor is what makes an engaging story. It was written by Oscar Wilde and premiered at the St. James Theatre in London in 1895.

Players production features Tri-City actors Chance Rush, Mikal Rex, Alivia Bierschbach, Mari Cannon, Elona Benefiel, Deb Anderson, Mark Humann, Connie Eckard and Dennis Jackson.

What: The Importance of Being Earnest, a Richland Players production.

When: 8 p.m. today, Saturday, May 30-31 and June 6-7 with a 2 p.m. matinee June 1.

Where: Players Theater, Richland.

Cost: $12 adults, $10 students and seniors.

Tickets: Box office.

* Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;