It was first performed on the 14th of February in 1895 at St. James’s Theatre in London. The protagonists in the play hide themselves behind fictitious personae. It is done with a purpose of escaping from burdensome social obligations. This farcical comedy takes the art of comedy to new heights and proves that comedy is not only for the purpose of making people laugh.
Triviality is the major theme of the play. The play treats the Victorians ways satirically and it ridicules the institution of marriage.