The Importance of Being Earnest, 6/2 & 6/13, 7pm

“The great actor Brian Bedford is brilliant in this funny and effervescent production. It’s one of the great performances of the season; to miss it would most definitely look like carelessness.” – New York Times

Roundabout Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed Broadway production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford, will be captured live during public performances for limited presentations in movie theaters and performing arts centers across the U.S. and internationally. This acclaimed production of The Importance of Being Earnest will be presented in El Cerrito by Rialto Cinemas Cerrito on Thursday, June 2 and Monday, June 13 at 7:00 pm.

Sara Topham, David Furr, and Brian Bedford. Photo credit: Joan Marcus, 2010

“The Roundabout Theatre Company’s staging of The Importance of Being Earnest is the right play, at the right time, with the right company behind it to be filmed for cinema screens. The great casting and critical raves make this Earnest production a “must-see”; yet theater lovers can’t always travel to New York to catch an engagement. Cinema audiences who otherwise might miss out will really appreciate the opportunity to see Earnest captured live from the Broadway stage — just as the show is performed to a live audience — exhibited in their neighborhood movie theater.” – Julie Borchard-Young, BY Experience

The Importance of Being Earnest is a glorious comedy of mistaken identity, which ridicules codes of propriety and etiquette. Dashing men-about-town John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff pursue fair ladies Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Matters are complicated by the imaginary characters invented by both men to cover their on-the-sly activities – not to mention the disapproval of Gwendolen’s mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell.

All presentations will be at 7:00 pm. Individual tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for Seniors and $15 for Children. Tickets are available through our virtual box office at http://www.rialtocinemas.com. Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, located at 10070 San Pablo Avenue at Central in El Cerrito, opened as Rialto Cinemas Cerrito in July 2009 and presents first run films AND serves traditional movie concession items as well as meals, beer and wine. The Showtime hotline is (510) 273-9102 and the website is www.rialtocinemas.com.