Peninsula Players Theatre of Door County Presents “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Oscar Wilde’s timeless comedy The Importance of Being Earnest is on stage at Peninsula Players Theater until July 24. In the play, Wilde showcases familiar comedic styles, pokes fun at well-known plot devices and is a master at verbal wit.

“Art is the only serious thing in the world,” Wilde said. “And the artist is the only person who is never serious.” Wilde was a poet, novelist, journalist and playwright who flourished in conversation with his brilliant wit. His message centered on living for beauty and art for art’s sake. His personality and dress were frequently caricatured in the press. It could be said he was one of the first “media celebrities;” someone who became famous for being famous.

The Importance of Being Earnest is a magnificent comedy of mistaken identities that recently closed its run on Broadway. In the play, Jack and Algernon navigate the perils of little white lies and frothy deceits as both English dandies assume the same false identity in pursuit of their lady loves. Their love-struck quest is paved with delicious wit, comical twists, social foibles and the glaring disapproval of the treacherously hilarious Lady Bracknell.

The Peninsula Players perform Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7:30 pm. The closing 4 pm matinee performance will take place Sunday, July 24. Discount tickets are available for groups of 15 or more. Individual ticket prices range from $32 to $38. For more information or to reserve tickets call 920.868.3287 or visit