PLAYS: IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST - CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF - AMADEUS - 39 STEPS - ABSENCE - COBB - IMAGINARY INVALID - THE AWAKE - AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS - CHARLOTTE'S WEB - GO DOG GO
Director JIM HELSINGER
Set Design BOB PHILLIPS
Lighting Design THOM WEAVER
Costume Design LISA ZINNI
The festival’s version is as stylish – and as funny – as the 2011 Broadway revival of Wilde’s sophisticated skewering of Victorian society, class and manners. In that one, Brian Bedford both directed and cross-dressed, playing the haughty Lady Bracknell, who commands the young silver spoons around her with an absolute authority she generously gives herself. In this one, Jim Helsinger does the same double duty. He directs the play, and also formidably faces us down onstage, in perfect Victorian garb by costume designer Lisa Zinni, who works wonders dressing all the show’s class-conscious characters.