It isn’t enough for Theatre Tulsa to bring just one of the most popular comedies of the English language to play at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center this weekend. It has to bring two, and if you’re a fan of Oscar Wilde, the timing couldn’t be better. “The Importance of Being Earnest” opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the PAC’s Liddy Doenges Theatre, 110 E. Second St. If you’re looking for dainty tea cups and doilies-for-collars, however, keep walking, because director Clayton B. Hodges and Theatre Tulsa have set the farce of Victorian manners and romance in the far-flung reaches of post-apocalyptic, neo-Victorian London with an unmistakable steam punk vibe. The play runs through the weekend and Nov. 17.
Hodges, a Tulsa native now residing in Los Angeles, takes his own turn on stage in “The Critic as Artist,” a production based on Wilde’s essay laying out his aesthetic philosophy of fine art and criticism. The genius of Wilde shines at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. Tickets for “The Importance of Being Earnest” are $14-$18, and tickets for “The Critic as Artist" are $10-$12. Get them at www.myticketoffice.com.