Wilde's masterpiece comes to town
HCM CITY — Vietnamese and Western actors will be brought together in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest at the Youth World Theatre in HCM City tonight.
Going Wilde: Actress Lan Phuong, well-known for her role in Co Gai Xau Xi (Ugly Betty), will star in The Importance of Being Earnest. — VNS File Photo
This masterpiece was watter by Irish author Wilde (1854-1900) who became one of the most popular playwrights in the UK.
The comedy is about two close friends, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who both pretend to be someone they are not. They concur to name themselves Ernest and fall in love with two ladies, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew, who would not consider marrying a man who was not named Ernest. Problems arise for the men because of their double lives.
The play is directed by Nicaraguan Jaime Zuniga who has had 10 years of directing and acting expemence.
Actresses Lan Phuong and Nguyen Ha Tu Trinh will play the two leading female characters.
Phuong said she had dreamed of taking part in an English classic play in which she had to try her best with her language.
"My dream came true," she said.
The cast will also include expat artists from HCM City including Canadian independent filmmaker Aaron Toronto; choir director Brian Riedlinger, who has directed full-scale Broadway productions in Viet Nam (Annie Get Your Gun and A Christmas Carol); actors Belinda Shortland (England), Emily Huckson (Canada), Michael Adams (USA) and Darryl Cullen (Australia).
The play will be staged in English with Vietnamese subtitles in the theatre at125 Cong Quynh Street from today until next Saturday. — VNS