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Comedy at its most refined comes to North Beach

Everyone involved is a teenager, but there’s nothing immature about either the play or the production of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Oscar Wilde’s wry comedy about upper-crust social interaction.

“It’s a comedy of manners, is what it’s thought of in terms of its description in theater. It also has some pretty broad humor that can also be attempted in the English vein, if you know what I mean, like [Monty] Python and such and Shakespeare, because it’s by Oscar Wilde,” said Sid Curl, president of Twin Beach Players. “He used a lot of humor in his writing, and these teenagers are getting it.”

The director is Brianna Workcuff, who at 19 is a veteran of the stage. This is her first time directing a full-length play, which is “really scary, but really rewarding, too, to see people I’ve done shows with, gone to school with, see them mature and really get their characters, that’s really cool,” she said.

Despite the play’s sophisticated humor, it is certain to appeal to teenagers and adults alike, Workcuff said.

She was heartened to see “how much [the actors] loved it. [Before choosing it], I read bits and pieces of it. I thought it was hilarious. I love shows that make fun of things. That’s what drew me to it.”

“The Importance of Being Earnest” will be performed 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays June 21-23 and June 28-30 at Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maryland, 9021 Dayton Ave., North Beach. Tickets cost $12 general admission and $10 for students, seniors, those with military IDs and members of Twin Beach Players.

For more information or to buy tickets, go to http://twinbeachplayers.com.