One Girl, Two Cities

The Importance of Being Earnest by Four Humors

Four Humors was founded in 2005 and strives to create work “that celebrates the humor, stupidity, and beauty of our world by letting the artist connect with the audience in a vulnerable and honest way.” This month they present Oscar Wilde’s popular play The Importance of Being Earnest at the Southern Theater.

Rachel from MNCommunity and I attended a rehearsal, and it’s clear that this show will provide a lot of laughs. It’s full of mistaken identity as two friends lead secret lives under different names, and confusion runs rampant. When comedy is done right, it looks effortless but it’s actually rather challenging, and I can affirm that Four Humors knows how to do comedy. One reason they chose this piece was to make it their own by looking at it more deeply than others may have in the past, and they’re also playing around with gender swapping to add an extra, unexpected element.

Christian Bardin and Brighid Burkhalter, photo by Rachel Ewell

Enjoy my interview with Jason Ballweber and Emily Wrolson where we discuss why comedy is especially important during times like today, more about why Four Humors selected this show, how they select their work in general, and more. Purchase tickets to The Importance of Being Earnest on the Southern’s website.

As mentioned in the video, February 21 is a Pay What You Can night, and you can also see the show for free by helping out as an usher. Also consider joining the Southern’s ARTshare program.

The Importance of Being Earnest by Four Humors

February 17-25

Southern Theater

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