Two Earnests, Two Redgraves, One Day: TCM Airs Wilde Movie April 19, as BAM Staging Runs

News   Two Earnests, Two Redgraves, One Day: TCM Airs Wilde Movie April 19, as BAM Staging Runs
The Redgrave acting clan will do double service to the Oscar Wilde classic The Importance of Being Earnest on April 19.

While Lynn Redgrave is offering her spin on Lady Bracknell in the Brooklyn Academy of Music production of the satire, Turner Classic Movies will be airing the 1952 film version of the comedy, which starred Lynn's daddy, Michael Redgrave, as Jack Worthing.

Unfortunately, Wilde afficianados will have to choose between their Redgraves, as the play begins at 7:30 PM and the film airs at 8 PM.

The BAM show will run April 18-May 14. Jack Waterston, son of Sam Waterston and seen last summer in Central Park in As You Like It, plays Jack Worthing, who lives a double life and possesses a fictional, black sheep brother named Ernest. His duplicitous and complacent friend, Algernon Moncrieff, is played by Robert Petkoff. Trouble ensues when Algernon decides to assume the role of the ne'er-do-well Ernest, just as Jack has decided to kill him off.

Joining them are Miriam Margolyes (Miss Prism), Terence Rigby (Rev. Canon Chasuble), Bianca Amato (Gwendolen Fairfax), Charlotte Parry (Cecily Cardew), Geddeth Smith (Merriman), James Stephens (Lane) and Greg Felden (Footman).

Redgrave was most recently seen on the New York stage as another scolding mother figure, in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of The Constant Wife. Production design is by Kevin and Trish Rigdon. Sound design is by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen.

Earnest played the Ahmanson Theatre Jan. 17-March 5.

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