Mid-Ohio Valley Players ready to go Wilde

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ opens Friday

Photo Provided Edain Campbell as Cecily, left, and Suzanne Walker as Lady Bracknell, in a scene from the Mid-Ohio Valley Players production of “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

MARIETTA – Opening Friday, the Mid-Ohio Valley Players presents Oscar Wilde’s brilliantly clever comedic masterpiece “The Importance of Being Earnest,” at the Players Theatre (corner of Third and Putnam streets).

It tells the story of two young gentlemen in London, who each live a double-life, creating elaborate deceptions. Jack (Nathaniel Maciag) wishes to marry Algernon’s beautiful cousin Gwendolen (Vanessa Rake), but first, he must convince her mother, the fearsome Lady Bracknell (Suzanne Walker), that he is worthy of her hand in marriage. For Jack, however, this is not as easy as it sounds, having started life abandoned in a handbag at Victoria station. Prepare to be entertained by Wilde’s much-loved Algernon (Corey Rutter), Jack, Gwendolen and Cecily (Edain Campbell), as town and country clash in a brilliant and wildly funny story of romance, identity, perambulators and capacious handbags.

Kermit Poland is the director. The cast includes: Corey Rutter as Algernon, Nathaniel Maciag as Jack, Vanessa Rake as Gwendolyn, Edain Campbell as Cecily, Suzanne Walker as Lady Bracknell, Becca Buck as Miss Prism, Charles Roberts as Dr. Chasuble, George Gaston as Lane, and George Faber as Merriman.

Showtimes are at 8 p.m. May 3, 4, 5 and 10 and 3 p.m. May 12. Sunday’s show will be a special performance to honor Marietta College graduates. Nathanial Maciag, who plays Jack, is a 2019 graduate with a theatre major. All graduates and their families will receive $1 off the ticket price by showing the Commencement program or a coupon available at graduation at the box office.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens (60-plus) and students, and $7 for children under 17. For information, visit movp.org.