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The Murphy Library is showing “The Importance of Being Earnest,” a comedy of errors for the unattached at 3:15 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. Thursday.   It stars Colin Firth, Rupert Everett and Reese Witherspoon and is rated PG.  Running time is 97 minutes.  Call 837-2417 for details.

Oscar Wilde wrote about the lies a single person tells to get a date long before Internet dating sites became popular when he wrote “The Importance of Being Earnest.”  The Irish-born playwright created Jack Worthing, a country gentleman who loves to go to London on the pretense of visiting his poor, down and out brother, “Earnest.”  Except, there is no brother.

In London, however, Jack keeps his country life private.  He introduces himself as “Earnest.”  After all, it’s 1890, and nobody can “google” him.

Earnest/Jack’s best London friend is Algy, who never met a bill he wanted to pay.  When Algy unexpectedly visits Jack’s country house to get ahead of the bill collectors, guess what name he decides to use.  You got it:  “Earnest.”  He tellls everyone he’s Jack’s brother.  Remember him?  The brother Jack was always visiting in London?

If you’re a little confused, don’t worry.  Wilde knew how to keep us unconfused while making us laugh.