“In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.”- Oscar Wilde.

With exquisite Victorian style, Theatre UCF returns to school in Fall 2015 with additional performances of The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Play for Serious People this Thursday, Aug. 27 on UCF’s main stage.

Director Mark Routhier and his cast, crew, and production team fearlessly take on this light-hearted satirical classic originally written and debuted in 1895.

In a 240+ hour rehearsal process over the summer semesters, the cast continues to study and embody rather curious roles while maintaining the Victorian aesthetic, reviving the wit and farcical elements from playwright Oscar Wilde.

“With text like Wilde’s, the attention to detail and word play within the text is a challenge, but a fun challenge! The play is so witty, an audience can see the show ten times and find something new every night,” Alexander Hehr, who portrays the role of Merriman, said.

In a timeless play revolving around the dated views of love, marriage and social obligations, Routhier also finds “truths in the dialogue that still resonate today,” according to Theatre UCF’s ‘A Note from the Director.’

With biting humor, questionable behavior and quick wit woven into universal themes of morality, the company of The Importance of Being Earnest is sure to entertain Theatre UCF fans, old and new, as they have tickled the funny bones of worldwide audiences for over a century.

Thursday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 30 at 2 p.m.
Cost: $20 standard, $18 senior, $10 student
For any questions, contact Theatre UCF at 407-823-1500 or visit their website.

Photo credit Tony Firriolo.