One cannot even say that Bedford, playing the role of Lady Bracknell in drag, stole the show. The entire cast around him never missed a beat and elevated the pedestal upon which Lady Bracknell could perch. David Furr (John Worthing) and Santino Fontana (Algernon Moncrieff) - Wilde's two Earnests - have impeccable comedic timing, dashing good looks, and abundance of energy. Charlotte Parry (Cecily) and Sara Topham (Gwendolyn) are smartly coquettish and irresistibly innocent as the ladies who fall for their Earnests. Supporting these two fine couples are the delightful Dana Ivey (Miss Prism) and the charming Paxton Whitehead (Reverend Chasuble).
Wilde's writing is a good as it gets - and the tale told is one that is timeless. Comparisons to the 2002 movie are likely to be made by some - but the stage version is still tops in my book. This comedy of manners is a timeless tale that is is looking to have a long run into the summer at the American Airlines Theater. Get your tickets today. You might want to use your real name or you might not be able to pick them up.