Algernon (Cyrus Short) and Cecily (Lizzie Schmeling) share a moment in the garden, during "The Importance of Being Ernest" at Theatre 29.

Algernon (Cyrus Short) and Cecily (Lizzie Schmeling) share a moment in the garden, during “The Importance of Being Ernest” at Theatre 29.

“I knew the cast is having fun when they didn’t want to take Christmas week off” said Butch Pelfrey, the Director of the classic comedy, “The Importance of Being Earnest”, by Oscar Wilde.  Called “a trivial comedy for serious people!”, “The Importance of Being Earnest” is a tale of lost and found love and objects. Pelfrey described the play with a mysterious smile, “It can be a play of deep meaning or a shallow relaxing evening at the theatre, your choice, while it is a play of complexity, and it is simple in its message.” The retired Marine, now a veteran theatrical director, said he was blessed with a truly dedicated cast of young professionals. “The cast has given much more than I ask and so much more than I expected from such a young cast.” He said, adding enthusiastically, “It was more than a pleasure to attend rehearsals each night.”

Pelfrey spoke of his performers glowingly, “The character of Miss Prism, the governess with a secret past is portrayed wonderfully by Theatre 29 veteran Janet Peercy, Ben Bees is superb as John Worthing, aka Earnest, aka Jack, Algernon Moncrieff is immerging as the true rascal of the play admirably by Cyrus Short, Gwendolen Fairfax, who hates crowds but chooses to live in the city, is played to perfection by Katie VanSumeren, Lady Bracknell, the most upper crust of society, is brought to life by the wonderful Kathryn Ferguson, Leonard Weber as Reverend Chasuble is kept busy with numerous christenings and we know he is smart because he has written no books, Marv Schmelling is truly the most sarcastic and dead-pan butlers/man servant you will ever meet, and Lizzie Schmelling is superb as the spoiled ward of Worthing, every night is a mystery as to what Ms. Cecily Cardew might do, her scene with Lady Fairfax is worth the price of admission.”  “The Importance of Being Earnest” will run weekends through February 8th, 2014. Friday and Saturday night shows open at 7:00 p.m. with Sunday Matinees on January 19th and February 2nd at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12.00 for General Admission, $10.00 for Seniors and Military, and $8.00 for students with ID and children under 12. The play is suitable for all age groups.

Tickets can be reserved at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

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