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“The Importance of Being Earnest,” Oscar Wilde’s 19th-century comedy of manners and social status, is being performed by members of the Lower Columbia College Drama Department.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1 and 2; and at 11 a.m. March 1 at the college’s Rose Center for the Arts Center Stage Theater.

In the play, a young man named Jack Worthing pretends he has a younger brother named Ernest so he can get out of social obligations by pretending to visit him. Likewise, Jack’s eccentric friend Algernon relies on his imaginary invalid friend “Bunbury” as an excuse for escaping unpleasantries.

Both are in pursuit of young ladies, but their ruses backfire in cases of mistaken identity.

The play contains mature subject matter and strong language.

Tickets are $10 per person. Students are admitted free of charge. Tickets are available at https://lowercolumbia.edu/theatre/.

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