Broadway's Earnest Leading Men Speak the Language of "Jersey Shore" in Playbill Video Series

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19 Apr 2011

The lads of Broadway's The Importance of Being Earnest — namely Santino Fontana and David Furr — have created a video series exclusively for Playbill, asking the question: What if Oscar Wilde's famed comedy-of-manners characters talked trash instead of epigrams?

Fontana (as Algernon Moncrieff) and Furr (as John Worthing) swiped real lines from the reality series "Jersey Shore" — MTV's thick slice of Italian-American stereotype mixed with twentysomething testosterone, booze and pasta — and dressed up in their Victorian best (Desmond Heeley is Earnest's costume designer) to deliver the lines.

"Jersey Shore Gone Wilde," a five-part video series, launched April 18 on It was shot in the lobby of the American Airlines Theatre, where the acclaimed and extended Brian Bedford-directed revival of the classic plays. A new chapter launches daily through April 22.

View Part 1 here:

The limited engagement of The Importance of Being Earnest was extended 17 weeks through July 3. It was originally scheduled to run through March 6.

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