Untitled Document The British nobility and clergy of 1890s England are delightfully portrayed in Oscar Wilde’s timeless comedy of manners, "The Importance of Being Earnest." Directed by the theatre legend Sir Peter Hall, the play begins its mini-tour at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre.

You’ll find yourself laughing out loud during Wilde’s satirical tale that centers on four lovers entangled in a web of false and mistaken identities. James Waterston (Dead Poet’s Society) is Jack Worthing who’s pretending to be his fictitious brother, Ernest in order to be able to enjoy himself in the city without blemishing his reputation at his country estate.

Jack has just fallen head over heels in love with the fair Gwendolyn, daughter of the scathing Lady Bracknell, played by Tony Award- and Academy Award-nominee Lynn Redgrave. Meanwhile, Jack’s best friend – scallywag Algernon Moncrieff – comes to town, masquerading as the same Ernest and falls in love with Cecily.

But, while Jack’s Ernest seems perfectly honorable, Algernon’s proves to be dastardly wicked. Both men are desperate to win their respective ladies’ hands and find themselves caught in a thoroughly absurd web of deception. Needless to say, utter hilarity and uproarious hijinks pepper the entire play from start to finish.

Even if you caught the 2002 film version starring Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Reese Witherspoon and Judi Dench, nothing compares to experiencing the actual stage production in person. So what are you waiting for? GET UP AND GET OUT!

Ahmanson Theatre is located at 135 North Grand Ave., in Los Angeles. Price: Tickets range between $20-75. Parking: $8. Showtimes: Tue-Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. (Select Thursday matinee shows are also available). For more information, call (213) 628-2772 or visit www.centertheatregroup.org.