Center Stage performs Oscar Wilde play in Shelton


Marc Improta, right (in gray jacket), and Brett Boles perform in “The Importance of Being Earnest” at Center Stage Theatre. Improta grew up in Shelton and now lives in New York City, and Boles is from Newtown.


“The Importance of Being Earnest” is coming to Center Stage Theatre in Shelton from Oct. 4 to 20. Performances will be:

— Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.

— Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on Oct. 6, 13 and 20

— Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.


The Oscar Wilde classic, considered by many to be one of the greatest comedies in the English language, was first produced in London in 1895.

The plot revolves around Algernon and Jack, a pair of English dandies whose fiancees have both agreed to marry them under the false belief that their first name is Earnest, which the women feel is “a name that inspires absolute confidence.”

What follows is a relentless series of complications, misunderstandings and revelations.


Many Shelton residents involved


Kristy Szerkola of Newtown in the Center Stage production.

The Center Stage production will star Casey Blohm, Humphrey Bryson, Jan Dadonna, Judith Dann and Leah Salomoni of Shelton; Brett Boles and Kristy Szerkola of Newtown, Tom Zimmerman of Bridgeport; and Marc Improta of New York City.

The production is being directed by Scott R. Brill of Shelton, who has directed throughout the state and appeared in Center Stage productions of “Big River” and “The Man Who Came to Dinner.”


‘A masterpiece’ with many plot twists

Center Stage Artistic Director Gary Scarpa said the play “is a true masterpiece chock full of wonderful characters, sparkling dialogue, gloriously improbable plot twists and a sprinkling of romance.


Shelton resident Judith Dann during a rehearsal of “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

“Our guest director, Scott Brill, and our wonderfully talented cast are sure to deliver a performance that will delight our audiences,” Scarpa said.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased online at or by calling 203-225-6079. Center Stage is at 54 Grove St. in Shelton, just south of downtown.






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