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Respectable revival of 'Earnest' from Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Respectable revival of 'Earnest' from Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

There is just no underestimating the importance of Oscar Wilde. As he might say, modern life would be very tedious if we didn't have his works to savor, and modern theater a complete impossibility — modern television, too, as Julian Fellowes proves every season writing for Maggie Smith's character, the delectable Dowager Countess of Grantham, on "Downton Abbey." As much fun as it can be to try imitation, nothing ever beats the real thing, of course. And for the real thing, nothing ever tops Wilde's final play, "The Importance of Being Earnest," which opened on Valentine's Day 120 years ago in London and is currently receiving a respectable...

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