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Newberg-based company will perform 'The Importance of Being Earnest' on six dates starting July 16.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Penguin Productions has staged classic plays at its outdoor facility off Dopp Road for a number of years.

In an outdoor venue showcasing the natural beauty of wine country, a local theater company will perform a comedy from Oscar Wilde this month.

The Newberg-based Penguin Productions is putting on the production, with shows scheduled for July 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31.

"The Importance of Being Earnest is the most renowned of Oscar Wilde's comedies," a release from the theater company said. "It's the story of two bachelors, John 'Jack' Worthing and Algernon 'Algy' Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Earnest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Earnest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure."

The story takes a comedic stab at the Victorian lifestyle and features some of the more memorable characters on the modern stage, the release said. The performers will provide their own unique take on the story with a unique setting of wine country in their visual background.

Some of the memorable quotes from the play were shared in the company's release:

"I can't eat muffins in an agitated manner; the butter would probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly; it is the only way to eat them."

"I am occasionally a little overdressed. I make up for it by being always immensely over-educated."

"The good ended happily and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means."

The outdoor theater is located at 17530 N.E. Terrys Lane (off Highway 240 and Dopp Road) west of Newberg. Those interested in purchasing tickets can do so at penguinsonstage.org, where more information about the theater group itself can be found. For more information on this specific production or other questions, call 503-919-2525 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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