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Philip Nolen as Lady Bracknell in the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre's "Importance of Being Earnest."

It may be an hour’s drive, or more for some of you, but a trip to Orlando to take in productions by the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre is so worth the time and cost. The professional theater company opens its next season with…what else…”The Importance of Being Earnest.”

Yes, you may be Earnest-ed out right now, especially if you saw Terrence Girard in his hysterical turn at Lady Bracknell, then made it to the HD broadcast of the Brian Bedford production on Bway…but really, this stars Philip Nolen as the grande dame. He’s such a good actor. I’m hoping I’ll see a lot of wit, drop dead humor and a tinge of pathos in his portrayal. We’ll see.

The show has previews Sept. 14 & 15 with an official opening Sept. 16. It runs through Oct 9 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center on Rollins Street in Orlando. That’s right off Princeton St. and next the Orlando Museum of Art.

Special to-dos for opening night including…and I quote from the press release “Professor James Campbell, in the Patron’s Room on Friday, September 16 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm for an informational discussion on the history of Oscar Wilde, the role of satire in Victorian culture, the use of comedy to forestall danger, the role of double lives and the parallel to Wilde’s own life.”

Ticket run $20 to $38. Shows are Wednesdays through Sundays. For more info, call 407-447-1000 or visit

1 Comment

  1. A'riel Tinter

    Yes please everyone check this show out! Having seen a few rehearsals of this show at Orlando Shakes, it’s got something different and new than MCT’s wonderful production last season. Definitely worth the price of admission, the drive here and then some. 🙂