Tickets can be purchased at the Ithaca College Theatre ticket office in Dillingham Center, the Clinton House ticket center in downtown Ithaca, and Cornell University's Willard Straight Hall from $4.50 to $10.00. The Dillingham Center ticket office is open Monday through Friday, noon to 5:00 p.m., beginning April 14. For information call (607) 274-3224. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more by calling (607) 274-3796.
For more than 100 years, Oscar Wilde's play has enchanted audiences with its satiric wit as it peers behind the facade of upper-crust chic to reveal the perils of high-stakes romantic gamesmanship. Filled with wit and wisdom, The Importance of Being Earnest tells the tale of Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff. Both young men have taken to bending the truth in order to add a dash of excitement to their lives. Jack has invented an imaginary brother, Ernest, whom he uses as an excuse to escape from his dull home in the country and frolic in town. Algernon uses a similar technique, only in reverse. His imaginary friend, Bunbury, provides a convenient and frequent method of taking adventures in the country. However, their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of events that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits: Jack of his love Gwendolen Fairfax, and Algernon of his belle Cecily Cardew.