Romeo and Juliet - Earnest
Stuff That Happens BEFORE the Play…
- Miss Laetitia Prism, a governess and blossoming novelist, makes an error in a cloakroom at London’s Victoria Station.
Stuff That Happens IN the Play…
At his flat in London, Algernon Moncrieff prepares for the arrival of his aunt, Lady Augusta Bracknell, and her daughter, Gwendolen Fairfax.
- Algernon’s friend Mr. Worthing arrives unexpectedly. Mr. Worthing is in love with Gwendolen.
- Algernon is quite surprised to discover that his friend’s name is not actually Ernest, but Jack.
- Algernon tells Jack about “Bunburying,” a ruse he invented for escaping tedious social functions in London.
Lady Bracknell and Gwendolen arrive. Jack (as Ernest) proposes to Gwendolen.
Lady Bracknell interviews Jack to ascertain his eligibility as a suitor to her daughter. Lady Bracknell is alarmed about Jack’s unknown parentage. • In the garden of Jack’s country house, his young ward, Cecily Cardew, and her governess, Miss Prism, discuss the need to reform Jack’s wayward brother Ernest. • Algernon and Jack meet in the garden, under surprising circumstances. • Gwendolen and Cecily meet in the garden, under equally surprising circumstances. • In the morning room of Jack’s country house, revelations, confessions, engagements, and earnest trivialities ensue.