‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ extends till July 3

The Roundabout Theater production of the Oscar Wilde comedy of manners has extended its run at Broadway’s American Airlines Theater for an additional 17 weeks. This transfer from Canada’s Stratford Festival was scheduled for just 11 weeks. With this extension, the musical “The People in the Picture” headlined by two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy (“Passion,” “The King & I”) will now run at Studio 54 beginning in April.

The non-profit company had less luck with their revival of Shaw’s “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” earlier in the season. The unexpected success of this remounting of the old chestnut comes as a welcome relief. Expect this production to contend at the Tony Awards for Best Play Revival. And Tony champ Brian Bedford (“The School for Wives”) seems a shoo-in to earn his eighth Best Actor bid, despite dragging up to play the imperious Lady Bracknell.

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