‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at Aurora Theatre Company breathes new life into Oscar Wilde’s witticisms

A woman in a yellow dress adjusting a man's suit collar.
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When “The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People” first premiered in 1895, critic William Archer said in The World: “(The play) imitates nothing, represents nothing, is nothing, except a sort of rondo capriccioso, in which the artist’s fingers run with crisp irresponsibility up and down the
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SF Playhouse’s ‘Ideation’ fails to be fully realized

After a year’s worth of tweaking since its rough-draft debut, “Ideation” arrived at the San Francisco Playhouse on Saturday night for a maiden performance. In almost every sense, it’s a very minimalist production. This is clear upon entering the theater, where the audience is met with a sparse set —
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Impact’s newest plays on Shakespeare, entrepreneurship

We don’t live in the era of harebrained schemes. We live in the era of venture capitalism and innovative ideas and TED talks. So in this milieu of “anything is possible” — an idea that has persisted despite cries of “The economy! The death of American hegemony! Obesity!” — it
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