The Rewards of Being Frank
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The Rewards of Being Frank

The Rewards of Being Frank NYC Reviews and Tickets

(96 Reviews)
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Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

About the Show

A riotous new sequel to Oscar Wilde's classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest.

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232 Reviews | 20 Followers
Indulgent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You are an Oscar Wilde fan. Imaginative parody with fun characterizations and an amusing premise. Dated, charming and very enjoyable.

Don't see it if You have no interest in Oscar Wilde or British Drawing Room comedy.

674 Reviews | 157 Followers
Sophisticated, Meta, Clever, Earnest, Frank

See it if You’d like to see a sly sequel to “The Importance of Being Earnest” that blows the cover off Victorian prudery.

Don't see it if You hate contrivance or artificiality: This play, like the original “Earnest,” revels in both. Read more

221 Reviews | 32 Followers
Good set, Good staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if It was very entertaining throughout especially if you know Importance of being Ernest.

Don't see it if Lots of dialog doesn't appeal. Read more

139 Reviews | 24 Followers
Fun sequel, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if If you are a fan of TIOBE. If you want a fun update for the women of this story! Well written, full of laughs, great costumes, playful cast

Don't see it if Looking for something serious, or contemporary or not a Wilde fan.

125 Reviews | 12 Followers
Delightful, Clever, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You liked the original “Ernest”. You want to see a fun sequel with period costumes and inspired dialogue. If you want to laugh.

Don't see it if Want high drama. If you don’t like Oscar Wilde. If you can’t keep track of multiple characters. If you don’t want to laugh.

116 Reviews | 56 Followers
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if Alice Scovell’s clever and witty sequel to Earnest is a wild(e)ly entertaining delight. Performances do the writing justice, and then some!

Don't see it if If drawing room farce is not your thing, or you get squirmy in seats without armrests.

154 Reviews | 59 Followers
Enchanting, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like delightful and droll comedies that is inspired by Oscar Wilde. Sharp writing, charming and gifted actors, and a beautiful set.

Don't see it if If you are not a fan of Oscar Wilde or only like drama.

127 Reviews | 23 Followers
Refreshing, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like witty, well written farces. This is a clever, well constructed comedy, acted with great comic timing. Lots of fun!

Don't see it if You like big production shows, serious dramas, or very modern plays. This is an old fashioned drawing room comedy.

Critic Reviews (8)

Lighting & Sound America
March 10th, 2023

“The Rewards of Being Frank has the main problems of so many sequels: Why does it exist? What did Wilde leave unsaid that needs further explication? How can one hope to approximate his singular wit? But Pedi is a delight, even when forced to contend with a revelation about Lady Bracknell that makes a hash of the character as we have always known her. One can suddenly imagine the actress in any number of high comedy roles. Bring them on!”
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New York Stage Review
March 6th, 2023

"Were Wilde, a Francophile, on hand to see his masterpiece reduced to a tiresome French farce, he would no doubt be freshly mortified."
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March 17th, 2023

While Stephen Burdman’s direction keeps the play moving swiftly along, the mannered acting and forced dialogue only draws attention to itself. None of the play’s new inventions rival that of Oscar Wilde’s original. Too many of the events of the play are watered-down versions of cleverer things in "Earnest." "The Rewards of Being Frank" is an interesting attempt to write a sequel whose results do not justify the effort in bringing it to the stage.
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Front Row Center
March 7th, 2023

“The play’s pace would benefit from a teensy bit of waxing and waning...I would love for the actors to relish their lines more. This is a mere quibble, however, as the overall effect is one of delight.”
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March 6th, 2023

This is playwright Alice Scovell’s affectionate, clever and faithful sequel to Oscar Wilde’s 1895 classic play, The Importance of Being Earnest, that is set seven years later. Ms. Scovell replicates Wilde’s characters, milieu and sensibility, with skillfulness, brio and novelty. The dizzying second act finale is right out of Wilde’s playbook. Christine Pedi is triumphant as Lady Bracknell in this beautiful presentation.
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Off Off Online
March 7th, 2023

“ ‘The Rewards of Being Frank,’ gets a few things right and several things wrong, and it’s not the strongest production that New York Classical Theatre has ever done...See and enjoy, and if you’re somewhat disappointed, focus on Christine Pedi.”
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March 12th, 2023

“When the show starts, they may be slouching in a semi-recumbent posture. Soon, though, the enjoyable comedy of (bad) manners will have them sitting up – in earnest.”
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British Theatre Guide
March 22nd, 2023

“ ‘The Rewards of Being Frank’ is an unrepentant pastiche of Oscar Wilde’s style, even borrowing many plot themes from the original... While much of the ethos remains in period, writing in 21st century, Ms Scovell feels obliged to introduce a feminist twist, while Algernon’s campness is overt to the point where it cannot be wholly unintentional.”
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