A performance of The Importance of Being Earnest is just one part of The Earnest Project at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Pop Up LA Productions brings 1890s Victorian high society to Downtown’s Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC) with Oscar Wilde’s hilarious comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest. The four-night-only (October 17-18, 7:30 p.m.; October 25-25, 7:30 p.m.) production offers much more than an insightful new look at a classic play, though. Show-goers can step into Wilde's world through an audience-immersive experience dubbed The Earnest Project.
Since the LAAC was founded in the same era in which the play was written and takes place, the feeling of tumbling through time starts as soon as guests walk through the doors. That sentiment is enhanced during the half-hour pre-show, where music, cocktails, and dancing from the 1890s await. Guests can also experience an Earnest-themed menu and mingle with the show’s actors.
During the performance, the audience will peek into the conservative society of this 1890s, Victorian England-set play. In order to fit social constructs but satisfy their own desires, the characters take on double lives—and hilarity ensues.
As director Avital Shira puts it, the play is, “Oscar Wilde's love letter to the highs and lows of the quest for the ideal. Embedded in the play is both a celebration of the delight that comes with living out your idealized fantasy, and a critique of the lack of honesty in failing to confront the realities of your circumstances and sustaining a delusion fueled only by wishful desire.” Visit theearnetstproject.com for $40 tickets. 431 W. 7th St., 213-625-2211