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The Importance of Being Earnest

Feb 27–Mar 3, 2018

The Mentor

5 December, 2017

by Daniel Kehlmann, translated by Christopher Hampton
arranged by Siân Ackroyd

Even if the play’s arguments about the subjectivity of art and the uncertainty of experience are familiar, the play is full of prickly comedy and offers 90 minutes of civilised pleasure. -The Guardian

Kehlmann sets up a testy encounter between two antithetical writers. Benjamin Rubin is an old dinosaur living off the memory of a hit play he wrote when he was 24: Martin Wegner is a young dramatist acclaimed as “the voice of his generation”. They are brought together by a cultural foundation in the optimistic hope that Rubin can act as a mentor.