Mutley and Minques, “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde

Mutley & Minques present:
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Algie – Tilak Patel
Lane – Fred Griessen
Jack – Edwin Coutts
Lady Bracknell – Richard Kinder
Gwendolyn – Jemima Lane
Cecily – Saria Babiker
Ms Prism – Debbie Lane
Dr Chasuble – David Lane
Merriman – Fred Griessen
Director – Mary Musker

Stage Manager – Dave Barron
Sound Operator – Jesse Musker
Lighting Operator – Emily Moore
Props, Costumes & Set – Members of the Company

Review – by Helen Carroll
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
performed by Mutley & Minques

Well it was all the right notes….
But not necessarily as we expected them.
This gem of a play was wonderfully updated with cell phones and Instagram,
but it didn’t lose any of its original charm.
The wit bubbled away exactly as expected, but Algy’s opening entrance
(and disconcerting dance moves), together with Cecily,
who looked more than capable with a drill, was an unexpected joy.
There were more surprises along the way, including a stately
Lady Bracknell arriving by Tesla, I suspect she drives herself nowadays.
The staging though minimalist captured the new look entirely,
and almost captured a member of the cast.
I think the soundtrack with its German cover songs was an intriguing choice.
Cucumber sandwiches and smashed avocado,
I wonder what Oscar would have made of that!