Paper Mill's Earnest, with Lynn Redgrave, Opens Jan. 18

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18 Jan 2009

Lynn Redgrave
Lynn Redgrave

Tony and Academy Award-nominated actress Lynn Redgrave stars as Lady Bracknell in the Paper Mill Playhouse's production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, which officially opens Jan. 18. Previews began Jan. 14.

David Schweizer directs the production, which will run through Feb. 15 at the New Jersey venue.

Joining Redgrave onstage are Jeffrey Carlson (Algernon Moncrieff), Wayne Wilcox (John Worthing, J.P.), Annika Boras (Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax), Zoë Winters (Cecily Cardew), Keith Reddin (Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D.), Cynthia Mace (Miss Prism) and Chris Wells (Lane/Merriman) with Justin Bellero and Matthew Capodicasa.

The Importance of Being Earnest, according to Paper Mill, "is about maintaining fictitious identities to avoid unwelcome social obligations. Jack Worthing's brother, Earnest, provides Jack with the excuse to escape from his dull home in the country to frolic in town. The home of Algernon Moncreiff's friend Bunbury provides a convenient locale for taking adventures in the country. The problem? Earnest and Bunbury are imaginary, created by Jack and Algernon to add a dash of excitement to their lives. Their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of hilarious crises that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits."

The production features scenic design by Alexander Dodge, costume design by David Murin, lighting design by Matt Frey, sound design by Randy Hansen and hair and wig design by Mark Adam Rampmeyer. The production stage manager is Charles M. Turner, III.



Last seen on Broadway in The Constant Wife (Tony nomination) Lynn Redgrave's other theatrical credits include Talking Heads, The Exonerated, Black Comedy, Aren't We All, Moon Over Buffalo and another Tony-nominated turn in Mrs. Warren's Profession. She was nominated for Academy Awards for her work in the films "Gods and Monsters" and "Georgy Girl."

Paper Mill Playhouse is located in Millburn, NJ, at 22 Brookside Drive. For tickets call (973) 376-4343 or visit www.papermill.org.