...(in the face of the Zombie Apocalypse)
One of the classic satires of American literature Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” has received a modern facelift courtesy of the Back Alley theatre company.
These visionary playwrights have adapted this classic play into a version that will surely be unique and enjoyable to any fan of The Walking Dead. And American literature enthusiasts, as well.
The play originally wove a complicated plot centered around two young men bending truth in order to validate their own existence and enrich their dull lives. By inventing a fake sibling, Worthing leaves his friend in an effort to enchant a lovely bachelorette, Gwendolyn. What follows is a tangled web of deception and chaos.
It has now been adapted by Back Alley Productions at the The Historic Mars Theatre in Lafayette. These talented young artists have woven this complex tale into a post-modern adaptation set against the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse, a la Pride Prejudice and Zombies or Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer.
While some may feel that the “Zombie adaptation” has been played out—seeing as every major literary triumph of the last 50 years has been adapted to a post-apocalyptic backdrop—this adaptation promises to give audiences something new to enjoy.
Though it is true that many classic American literary artworks and masterpieces have been converted into crowd-pleasing, gore-filled drivel, I believe whole-heartedly that seeing such an adaptation on the stage will be a memorable experience.
The technicality required to create such illusions of reality and allow for suspension of belief merit viewing by any art lover in Chattanooga.
The Importance of Being Ernest (in the Face of the Zombie Apocalypse)
The Historic Mars Theatre
117 N. Chattanooga St.