VOL. 23 - NO. 44
DEC 9 - 16, 2018
PO BOX 13283
OAKLAND, CA 94661-0283

510.595.7777 FAX

Joint Forces Journal is published privately, and in no way is connected with DoD, the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard. This website and the printed newspaper are intended for the members of the Armed Forces and their families. Contents do not necessarily reflect official views of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard, and do not imply endorsements thereof. The marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor of the purchases, user or patron for advertisers prohibited. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. Editorial content is prepared and edited privately, and is provided by the Public Affairs Office of U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard installations. Correspondence and material for publication should be addressed to: Editor, Joint Forces Journal, P.O. Box 13283, Oakland, CA, 94661-0283. Deadline for receiving articles and photos is 3 p.m. Monday for publication on Friday of that week. Joint Forces Journal editorial policy is to use bylines and photo credits where applicable and when submitted.

TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: “The Importance of Being Earnest” Takes a New ‘1960s London Mod’ Look

Dec 07, 2018
by Kent Clancy
Breaking from their tradition of producing Shakespeare, the Ninjas of Drama “Go Wilde” with their ”1960’s London Mod” take on the ever-popular Oscar Wilde circa 1895 comedy, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” currently running through December 16, with performances Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Phoenix Theatre (414 Mason Street, Suite 601) in San Francisco.

The story is one of aliases and the confusion they cause, until love wins out in the end. Algernon Moncrieff (Lijesh Krishnan) and Earnest Worthing (Federico Edwards) are friends. During a visit with Algernon, Earnest confesses to Algernon that his real name is Jack, but he has a fictional brother named Earnest who, according to Jack, is always getting in trouble. Jack is the guardian of a lovely young lady named Cecily (Adrienne Dolan). Jack has invented Earnest so he will “need” to go to the city regularly to get him out of trouble.

Algernon confesses that he also has a fictional friend, named Banbury, who is crippled. Algernon frequently “needs” to go the country to spend time with Banbury.

Also visiting Algernon is his charming cousin Gwendolyn (Chelsea Jenningss) and her mother, Lady Bracknell (Greg Gutting). When Gwendolyn arrives she is greeted by Cecily, and the two talk about the men they want to marry.

From that point on confusion is everywhere, until at last all is straightened out. Eventually Cecily and Gwendolyn learn the true names of the men they love, but not until after Lady Bracknell refuses to approve of Gwendolyn’s marriage, only to later relent, and all ends happily.

While the play is well over a century old this ‘mod’ version is directed by Rey Carolino. Fitting with the updated theme, the costuming for this production is more modern, and there is even original music written specifically for this production. The very talented cast includes the aforementioned along with Irina Dianova (as Miss Prism), David Richardson (as Reverend Chasuble), and Pam Mangan as Lane, Merriman).

The Phoenix Theatre is an intimate venue, with a capacity of about 40 patrons, and the audience members are just a few feet from the actors on stage.

For tickets or more information please visit www.phoenixtheatresf.org or phone 888-541-9753.

* * * * *

Photo caption: Left to right: Federico Edwards, Chelsea Jennings, Adrienne Dolan, Lijesh Krishnan. (Photo credit: Rey Carolino)


Ranch Group Opposes Military Facility Expansion Plan in North Dakota

US Returns 'Balangiga Bells' to Philippines after More Than a Century

TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: All-New Attractions at Oakland Zoo’s ZooLights This Holiday Season

43 Years Later, Retired Vietnam Vet Receives Navy Cross

Air Force to Debut Electronic Warfare Findings

TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Bay Area Musicals Presents “Once Upon a December”

Coast Guard Commandant Boosts Plan to Outfit Cutters with ScanEagle Drones

TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: CenterREP’s “A Christmas Carol” Is a Perfect Fit for the Holiday Season

Navy Plans to Deactivate F-35s at Eglin Air Force Base

TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: “The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)” Offers Hilarious Slapstick Humor at Bankhead Theater

TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: David Sedaris’ Hysterical Holiday Show “The Santaland Diaries” Is Pure Magic!