The Importance of Being Earnest was by no mean Oscar Wilde's first success, but it is considered by many to be his greatest work. Its witty social satire and its lovably earnest characters continue to tickle the fancy of audiences through the 20th century and today. Below are some major productions of the play which have served as cultural touch-points that prove Wilde's wit is here to stay.
the play's history
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