The Importance of Being Earnest: Two Comedies by Ernest Thompson

WHEN: Friday-Saturday, May 12-13th
TIME: 8:00pm
WHERE: Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Ave, Portland Oregon 97209
HOW MUCH: Suggested $8.00 at the door
RESERVE: 971.266.3787,


The Importance of Being Ernest: 

Two Comedies by Ernest Thompson

Readers Theatre Repertory closes its 16th season with comedy, wit – and just a dash of retro – with two plays from Academy Award winning writer Ernest Thompson. Timeless gems from the bygone days of the early 1980s, Twinkle, Twinkle and A Good Time are living proof of the adage: they don’t make ‘em like they used to.

“Thompson’s best known as the author of On Golden Pond,” says director Bob Martin, “so audiences familiar with the movie or even the play are in for a big surprise. These are comedies in the classic style: fun, smart, and full of unexpected plot twists.” Originally staged in ‘82 at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater, the two comedies were originally directed by Dom Deluise and Charles Nelson Reilly. But beneath the fun-loving and wacky veneer, these tales are comedic odysseys, a pair of quirky adventures that deliver the laughs in the world of the unpredictable. The fine cast includes Jason A. England, Brian Harcourt, Peytie McCandless, Joe Murley, and Ariel Puls.

Twinkle, Twinkle and A Good Time run Friday and Saturday nights, May 12 and 13, at Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Ave in Portland.Shows start at 8PM and run about an hour. Admission is $8.00. Reservations are strongly encouraged, and walk-ins should arrive by 7:30P. All reserved seats will be released to walk-ins at 7:55P sharp. For information and ticket reservations: 971.266.3787, or


Readers Theatre Repertory was founded in 2001 to tell “small stories with big ideas at their heart,” tales that alternately amuse, confront, assuage and inspire. Using one-act plays as the text, the company focuses on intimate human relationships to explore universal themes. Through these stories and through educational outreach and affordable ticket prices, RTR™ is committed to developing, expanding and diversifying Portland’s theatrical audiences. The company’s main stage season is at Blackfish Gallery™ in Portland’s Pearl District.

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