A Party in a Play

If you’re a fan of Oscar Wilde, you know that he preferred to critique society on his own terms, and those terms generally focused on art, style and delightful turns of phrase, as opposed to deep thematic explorations and clunky metaphors. The Importance of Being Earnest is the best example of this. It’s basically a forerunner of “Seinfeld” — a comedy about nothing, really, but still an engrossing one. Kitchen Dog Theater pays tribute to the merry triviality of Wilde’s enduring theatrical romp with a frisky adaptation that highlights modern cultural obsessions and original music. KDT member Lee Trull has reimagined Wilde’s work as a paean to the modern hipster lifestyle, incorporating elaborate cocktails, playlist-making and even roller skating into this tale of four contemporary young adults making their way through seemingly insignificant contemporary rituals. Featuring music from local songwriter Jencey Keeton (French 75) and choreography from Danielle Georgiou, Wilde/Earnest will open at 8 p.m. Friday and run through April 18. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets for opening night, which includes a reception, are $36; other performances are $13 to $27. Visit kitchendogtheater.org.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: March 13. Continues through April 12, 2015
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Jennifer Davis-Lamm