2013-2014 Season Production

Directed by Pat Stone

Players of Utica Theater
1108 State Street, Utica



John Worthing (Jack) - Justin Zacek
Algernon Moncrieff - Adam Kaczer
Cecily Cardew - Jessica Sherman
Gwendolen Fairfax - Carrie Bostick
Lady Bracknell - Debra Harrison
Miss Prism - Leslie Reilly
Rev. Chasuble - Anthony Ricco
Lane - Lonnie Etter
Merriman - TBD

Stage Manager - The Honorable bob Kaplan
Costumes - Adrian Miller
Set painting and Decoration - Jan Burke
Props - Deborah Martin
Lighting Design - Ellen Campion
Light Board Operator - Sarah Bord
Sound Design and Operator - Eric Almleaf


The Importance of Being Earnest
A Trivial Comedy for Serious People

While visiting his friend Algernon Moncrieff, Mr. Ernest Worthing is discovered not to be Ernest at all, but rather Jack Worthing. What’s more, he is not the urbane socialite he purports to be, but instead, Jack, who actually resides in the country, is the respectable guardian of his 18 year old ward, Cecily Cardew. He has made up a scandalous brother named Ernest and assumes his identity while in town to escape the boring respectability of country life.

The plot thickens when Algernon pays a visit to Cecily, pretending to be the nonexistent Ernest. Comedy ensues when both Cecily and Gwendolyn, the girl that Jack desires to marry, inform their gentlemen that each could only truly love a man with the name of Ernest. Add a “gorgon” aunt in the person of Lady Bracknell and a mystery surrounding a lost handbag, a three volume novel of unusually revolting sentiment, and a misplaced baby, and you arrive in a comedy realm located somewhere between Downton Abbey and Seinfeld.

Oscar Wilde set out distinctly to write a comedy about nothing, and he has succeeded with flare and wit. It’s philosophy? According to Wilde, “That we should treat all the trivial things of life very seriously, and all the serious things of life with sincere and studied triviality”. At once a commentary on social norms, an exercise in high farce, and rip roaring good time, the play is a brilliant Wildean lecture on The Importance of Being Earnest.

Our 2013-2014 Season is Sponsored by:
Broadway Theatre League
PJ Green
Four Seasons Landscape Management Co.
Northeast Excavating
Serianni Signs
The Scalise Family