When burly Aled Davies swept onstage in a gown, as Lady Bracknell in the Great Lakes Theater Festival's The Importance of Being Earnest
, he became a battle-ax for all time. Using his basso voice to powerfully frame the sly, pursed observations of this upper-crust woman, Davies forged a maternal presence so powerful that other actors seemed to disappear. Her interrogation of Jack was unforgettable. Upon learning that Jack had lost both his parents, Davies nailed Oscar Wilde's ultimate put-down: "To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness."