The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

February 24 — March 22, 2009
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Chris Coleman
“Gwendolen, it is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth. Can you forgive me?” – Jack Worthing

How do you have your cake and eat it too in Victorian England? Well, if you are an attractive man of means like Jack Worthing, its pretty simple: create a double life. Mr. Worthing’s double life (he is known as Jack in the country, but “Ernest” in town) unfolds without a hitch until he decides to come clean and propose to the love of his life, one Gwendolen Fairfax. The snag: while Jack is on his knee, Gwendolen reveals that she could only marry a man named Ernest. What’s a rake to do? With dialogue as effervescent as any comedy in the English language, this classic will have you rolling in the aisles.

Performance Times

Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.,
Thursdays at noon

*Note: These are general performance times. Certain productions may have exceptions. View the season calendar for more information.

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Production blog

Earnest Invite to Cafe Society

Earnest Invite to Cafe Society

27 March 2009 & Posted by Kinsley Suer

Portland Center Stage and the Portland Area Theatre Alliance invite you to join us tonight, Friday, March 27, for Cafe Society 2.0—our new monthly social gathering featuring music, lively conversation and cocktails. It’s all-ages, free and open to the public!


Final Etiquette Post

27 March 2009 & Posted by Kinsley Suer

What is the proper ipod etiquette? Surely some people warrant an unplug and smile, while others (perhaps the Lady Bracknell’s of this world) get an averted gaze and the volume turned up. New York Magazine’s Urban Etiquette Handbook has some useful tips for us.


A Winner for our Proposal Contest!

25 March 2009 & Posted by Kinsley Suer

AND WE HAVE A WINNER!!! By very scientific internal poll we have determined that Lisa is the winner of our proposal story contest. Read on for her very charming story of the day her husband proposed.



I was asked by Portland Center Stage to put together a small sampling of online videos I've done for PCS over the last 3yrs, and here they are! Hope you enjoy! xo Patrick Weishampel View on Vimeo »

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