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Roundabout Roundup: Looking back at The Importance of Being Earnest

Posted on: June 24th, 2011 by Bradley Sanchez

 

After a tremendous run and 16-week extension, The Importance of Being Earnest, will be closing on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at the American Airlines Theatre. There have been many highlights over the run - from winning a Tony Award to "The Jersey Shore gone Wilde" - but these are some of our favorites.

 

The Importance of Being Earnest Opens on Broadway! - January 13, 2011 

"Within seconds of sweeping onstage, and with a wordless gesture as funny as it is subtle, the great actor Brian Bedford proves beyond question that gender is of no importance whatsoever in portraying the imposing Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s greatest comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest

Mr. Bedford’s production is not entirely effortless — Wilde’s rococo style can be daunting even to experienced classicists — but it is more buoyant and consistently funny than any I’ve seen. And as Lady Bracknell, Mr. Bedford presides at the cathedral’s altar with supreme skill and stylishness — and a hint of substance too. It’s one of the great performances of the season; to miss it would most definitely look like carelessness." - Ben Brantley, The New York Times 

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A Conversation with: Kathleen Marshall, Director of ‘Anything Goes’

Posted on: March 4th, 2011 by Ted Sod Roundabouts Education Dramaturg

 

For our UPSTAGE playgoer’s guide, Roundabout’s Educational Dramaturg, Ted Sod, sat down with director Kathleen Marshallto discuss her exciting upcoming musical, Anything Goes - beginning performance on March 10 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre!

Ted Sod: How did this production of Anything Goes come about?

Kathleen Marshall: Todd first mentioned Anything Goes to me back when we were doing The Pajama Game. He said that Roundabout had the rights to do a Broadway revival of Anything Goes and that he would love for me to do it. I told him, “Absolutely. Yes.” It took us awhile to figure out when, where and who. Also, we had to figure out my schedule and Roundabout’s schedule. I thought ideally that I would love to see Anything Goes in the new Stephen Sondheim theatre. We needed time to find our leading lady and once we found out we had Sutton Foster on board, we were good to go.

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The Importance of Being Earnest: A Conversation with actors Sara Topham and David Furr

Posted on: January 24th, 2011 by Ted Sod Roundabouts Education Dramaturg

 

Sara Topham, David Furr and Brian Bedford in The Importance of Being Earnest; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2010

Roundabout's Education Dramaturg, Ted Sod, sits down with The Importance of Being Earnest actors, David Furr and Sara Topham, to discuss the show, working with Brian Bedford and take questions from the audience as part of our Lecture Series.

The Importance of Being Earnest:
A Conversation with actors Sara Topham & David Furr

 

 

Ted Sod: Can you tell us a little bit about the physicality of your characters, Jack and Gwendolen?

David Furr: I looked at a lot of pictures. The costumers had a lot of pictures from the period; clothing advertisements. Those I looked at for hand arrangements. Then you look at yourself in 2011 and say, “That’s not appropriate or that is."

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2010-2011 Season, Education @ Roundabout, The Importance of Being Earnest


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