Review: The Importance of Being Improvised

Nora Galland 15 March 2014

The Cambridge Impronauts’ production The Importance of Being Improvised was a real humdinger of a play! First of all, the title does ring a bell, I’m sure you’ve all recognized that behind this disguised title was hidden a not-so-subtle allusion to Oscar Wilde’s famous play The Importance of Being Earnest. However, if you go see The Importance of Being Improvised at the Corpus Playroom, you won’t find Wilde’s play but you’ll have an unexpected theatrical experience with this parodic adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest. The Cambridge Impronauts take you by the hand… or rather at the word! You are now part of the play and you decide what you want to see. In this production, a strong emphasis was laid on Q&A interactions between the actors and the audience, giving you the opportunity to speak your mind. After a brainstorming session with the audience, last night’s performance ended up being entitled "The End of the Bell" and about the fascinating adventure of an underdog struggling with the intricacies of social etiquette of the time, in a society marked by the hypocrisy of the upper class particularly as regards prostitution and opiates. This play will reveal what is beneath the veneer of the characters, exposing their sinful nature with a witty sense of humour and a very enthusiastic cast who are close to outfox the fox making them bloody foxy!