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The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ Tickets & Information

Actors Temple Theatre

339 West 47th Street

Between 8th and 9th Avenue

New York NY 10036 View on map

The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ Summary

A modern inclusive spin on Oscar Wilde’s classic tale, The Importance of Being Earnest, reimagined with LGBTQ+ representation.

John “Jack” Worthing loves NYC and Gwyn Fairfax, and he can have both when he assumes the name of his made-up brother, Ernest. When Agernon, “Algy” (John’s best friend) falls in love with Cecil (John’s ward), he too decides to take on the name of Ernest. With John pursuing one man and Algy pursuing another, Lady Bracknell (who happens to be Gwyn’s mother) slowly unravels the odd strings of potential matchmaking. Of course, with two men and one name they share, what follows is a mess of imaginary identities, good natured gossip, and ridiculous romance. The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ brings Oscar Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people '' to contemporary times with new laughter, color and heart.

“I’m proud to create a world where coming out is never a thing, allowing our heroes to be unapologetically themselves. We will root for each one of them in our own way as we identify their fallible struggles and triumphs as everyone’s allowed to be complete human beings in love.” --Maarten Cornelis

Original February 14th, 1895 Review from Opening Night -
"The Importance of being Earnest, belongs indubitably to the first class. It is delightful to see it, it sends wave after wave of laughter curling and foaming round the theatre…"

"The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ wildly lives up to its title …affectionate fantasyland true to the spirit of Wilde…Cornelis’ skillful direction, his otherworldly lighting design and his energetic ensemble…winning, steadfast and daffy." - Darryl Reilly, Critic – TheatreScene.net

"Earnestly LGBTQ+ imagines if Wilde, equal parts wit and iconoclast, wrote today — what would it be like? It asks, and it answers, fabulously…the players emphasize these nuances wonderfully. …it’s clearly hilarious…a sexuality often ignored in other productions…Earnestly LGBTQ+ is a romp, a delight, and an imaginative liberation of Wilde’s most loved work." - Michael Tingley, Critic – Theatre Pizzazz

The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ Cast Members:

Preston Fox (John / Earnest), Clint Blakely (Algy), Kenon Veno (Gwen), Michael Morley (Cecil), Denise Turkan (Lady Bracknell), and Lauren E King (Miss Prism), Marie Anello (Dr. Chasuble), Samantha Randolph (Merriman / Lane), with J. Mahal (Dancer 1) and Lyman Heung (Dancer 2)

The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ Creative Team

Author: Oscar Wilde
Director: Maarten Cornelis
Choreographer: J. Mahal and Lyman Heung
Producer: John Lant and Maarten Cornelis in association with Write Act Repertory and Gatehouse Entertainment
Press Agent: Daniel DeMello

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Upcoming Dates and Times

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
7:00 PM
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 7:00 PM
7:00 PM
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 7:00 PM

Tickets Starting At:

$49.50 (Ticket prices include a $2.50 Facility Fee.)

Audience :

Recommended for 13 + (Appropriate for all audiences, hard for children under the ages of 13 to comprehend.)
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

First Preview Date Opening Date On Sale Through
July 6, 2021 July 6, 2021 December 21, 2021

Box Office Hours

Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office one hour prior to the performance.


Coat Room

None available.