Oscar Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people” premiered in London at the turn of the last century and lampooned the elaborate social conventions of the Victoerian Era with the playwright’s characteristic bite and hilarity. Heralded in its time as the apex of his work, it enjoyed both critical and commercial success.

So overwhelming is its popularity, the play was revived in 1913 in London and again in 1923. A 1930 presentation starred Sir John Gielgud. The King and Queen attended a 1946 version.

In more recent times, a 1982 cast included Dame Judi Dench, while Maggie Smith starred in a 1993 rendition. A 2005 revival featured Wilde as a character in the play and a 2011 version starred Geoffrey Rush. Another 2011 revival pulled in three Tony nominations.

Tickets are $14, $12 for USA faculty, staff, alumni, senior citizens and active military. Student tickets are $10.

For more info, call 251-460-6306.

The Importance of Being Earnest
Where: Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, 5751 USA Drive S.
When: Nov. 20, 21 & 22, 7:30 p.m.