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Ann Roylance and Triana Reid; photo by Carrie McCarthy

During the original 1895 run of Oscar Wilde’s most enduring play, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, the iconic Victorian writer’s homosexuality became public thanks to a feud with the family of his lover. Wilde was tried and convicted for “public indecency,” for which he served two years’ hard labor. He died just a few years after his release from prison. The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Barbara Hatch, continues through Dec. 16 at the Santa Fe Playhouse (142 E. De Vargas St.), Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 with discounts available,