By Robert Simonson
18 Apr 2006
|Photo by Craig Schwartz|
The show will run April 18-May 14. As previously reported, Redgrave will take on the role of Lady Bracknell, the imperious matron who is censorious on almost every subject, even the death of parents. ("To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.")
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 Earnest, 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.
Earnest played the Ahmanson Theatre Jan. 17-March 5.