Actually, I planned a visit to Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts at home, when after booking a hotel I was looking through the What’s on list. I knew that within the program of Hong Kong Arts Festival there was a performance of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” at the time of our stay. So, the 1st thing I did on checking in was to make ticket reservations. The Academy turned to be an imposing avant-garde building with a garden. And the performance was in the Lyric Theatre upstairs.
As I read in the announcement: “Come and laugh – for the 1st time or the umpteenth – at Wilde’s dazzling wit, eat the cucumber sandwiches especially prepared for Lady Bracknell and – yes – be shocked to hear of a baby found in a handbag”. I wasn’t shocked to hear of a baby found in a handbag, as I know the play practically by heart. But I did feel a shock! Emotional shock, because all the performances I had seen before sounded heavy and ponderous, and here, for the 1st time, Wilde’s brilliant dialogue was delivered with exactly the right lightness of touch it was created! It was really a stunning production by London’s Rose Theatre Kingston. Bravo!
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