The Importance of Being Earnest (PG)
Monday, February 3 at 6:00 p.m.
The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae in order to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Contemporary reviews all praised the play's humor, though some were cautious about its explicit lack of social messages, while others foresaw the modern consensus that it was the culmination of Wilde's artistic career so far. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play.
The story revolves around two men in Victorian England, John "Jack" Worthing (Colin Firth) and Algernon "Algy" Moncrieff (Rupert Everett). Whenever Jack travels to London from his Hertfordshire estate, he says he is going to see his (fictitious) wayward brother, Ernest. Once in London, he keeps his privacy by calling himself Ernest. This tactic is especially important as his beloved, Gwendolen (Frances O'Connor), declares that she could love only a man named Ernest. Her cousin, Algy, is the one person who knows Jack's secret and one day he travels down to the estate, announcing himself to Jack's attractive ward, Cecily (Reese Witherspoon), as the infamous Ernest. Cecily is enamoured of him and his name, but upon Jack's return home and Gwendolen's unexpected arrival, it becomes clear there are both too many and too few Ernests.
Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day (PG-13)
Tuesday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m.
Published in 1938, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson is a delightful fairy tale set in London in the 1930's. Guinevere Pettigrew is a nanny who, approaching middle age without a job, money, family or friends, believes she is destined for the workhouse. But then, through a mistake of her employment agency, she is sent to the wrong address. Arriving at the apartment of the glamorous singer Delysia Lafosse, Miss Pettigrew is swept up in the whirlwind lifestyle of the celebrity and within the course of a day, her fortunes have magically changed forever.
Maureen Lipman, a writer for the The Guardian wrote in 'Books of the Year' that the Daily Mail liked the book's message - 'that everyone, no matter how poor or prim or neglected, has a second chance to blossom in the world.' A quick and easy read, this book encourages us all to take a chance and to make the most of opportunities, even if they are outside our comfort zone.
Miss Pettigrew, played by Frances McDormand, is a middle-aged London governess who finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. Starving, penniless and in a desperate attempt to gain new employment, Guinevere Pettigrew surreptitiously takes an employment assignment as a Social Secretary. Audiences are swept away along with Miss Pettigrew as she finds herself thrown into the glamorous high society world and navigating the dizzying social whirl of singer and want-to-be American actress, Delysia Lafosse, played by Amy Adams
This light and fast-paced Cinderella story has something for everyone, as we all dare to be more.
The Great Gatsby (PG-13)
Tuesday, March 18 at 6:00 p.m.
The Great Gatsby follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich. As Nick bears witness, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.
The Legend of Bagger Vance (PG-13)
Thursday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m.
The Legend of Bagger Vance, directed by Robert Redford, stars Matt Damon, Will Smith and Charlize Theron. Set in the Depression year of 1931, on the golf links at Krewe Island off Savannah's windswept shore, two legends of the game, Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen, meet for a mesmerizing thirty-six-hole showdown. Another golfer will also compete—a troubled local war hero, once a champion, who comes with his mentor and caddie, the mysterious Bagger Vance. Sage and charismatic, it is Vance who will ultimately guide the match, for he holds the secret of the Authentic Swing. And he alone can show his protégé the way back to glory.
If the movie is not suitable for younger children, activities will be available for them at the library.