Review submitted by Julie Newman of St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School.
In Northwood High School’s production of “The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy For Serious People,” the cast’s wonderful onstage chemistry, as well as their humor and sharp wit b ring out the truths behind upper class society in 1800’s Britain.
Written by Oscar Wilde and first performed in 1895, “The Importance of Being Earnest” follows the story of John Worthing, a young man in love with the sharp and clever Gwendolyn Fairfax. The only problem is that Gwendolyn is under the impression that John is actually his wild and rowdy brother Ernest, a persona which John has invented as an excuse for his constant travels to the city, and to win over the young lady. Confusion and hilarity ensue as John’s cousin Algernon Moncrief uses the identity of this imaginary brother to win the heart of the young Cecily Cardew, John’s ward.
Northwood High School’s production featured Isaac Umanzor as John Worthing, who played his character’s nervous energy well, and payed attention to how the other characters in the play affected the actions of his own. His love interest, Gwendolen Fairfax, was played by Elaina Giaudrone who developed the character strongly and was always acting in the moment. The two had great chemistry onstage, allowing the relationship to be sincere, but also comical. Algernon Moncrief, played by Miguel Cuesta, had good comic timing, and established a clear relationship with Cecily Cardew, played by Sophia Willis. Willis played Cecily’s character with terrific humor, and her scenes and relationship with Gwendolen (Giaudrone) were entertaining and energetic. Other notable features included Consuela Watts as Lady Bracknell, who brought out her uptight character’s humor and earned many laughs from the audience, and Dyuti Basu as Miss Prism, who carried the role with a fantastic energy and stage
presence, as well as an accurate representation of her character’s age.
The stage crew (Nhi Tan, Grayson Pipher, Nick Quintana), led by stage manager Jack Stoddard, managed to transform the stage with each act, successfully bringing the audience from Algernon’s manor to a garden to a living room. These set changes effectively immersed the audience in the time period.
Overall, the cast used their terrific onstage chemistry and and humor to immerse the audience in a story of love, deception, and family. The cast of Northwood High School’s witty production makes it entertaining and easy to understand “the vital Importance of Being Earnest.”
The performance reviewed was from Saturday, 11/17/2018.
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