This farcical comedy, often abbreviated from its full title: The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People was written and first performed at the St. James Theater in London on February 14, 1895. With a lead character like Algernon Moncrieff (Algy), set in London's fashionable West End, how can you go wrong? Eccentric characters and rapid-fire wit keep Oscar Wilde's work relevant and entertaining today. It's been adapted for film and numerous renditions for the stage. This may be a rare case where the play IS better than the book?! Both The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband are considered Wilde's dramatic masterworks.