The Mason Community Players opened Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest 125 years to the day after its premiere on Feb. 14, 1895 in London. The local troupe will take the stage at 8 p.m. on Feb. 14, 2020, at their venue, Theatre 42, to bring this classic story to life once again. The message of this “Trivial Comedy for Serious People,” as its subtitle declares, rings as true in today’s world as it did in Wilde’s. The nine-person cast will present five more performances Feb. 20, 21 and 22, 2020 at 8 p.m. Together the performers will utilize Wilde’s high farce and witty dialogue to convey his timeless messages about marriage, morality, and the importance of turning earnestness on its ear. Director Mary Beringer states, “I want to invite everyone to come and bring a sweetheart to share in this light-hearted experience. An evening of dinner and theatre would make a wonderful gift for Valentine’s Day. Make it a double date with close friends. Algie, Jack, Gwendolyn and Cecily would approve.” Mason Community Players, Inc. is Warren County’s oldest continuously operating community theatre. Instituted in 1973, the all-volunteer troupe stages five productions each year anchored by a major musical presented each summer. Their venue Theatre 42, is located at 2752 S US Route 42, Lebanon, Ohio 45036. The group maintains presence online through Facebook and at their web site, MasonPlayers.org. Tickets are available by leaving a message at 513-398-7804 or via the web site.