2018-19 Season
October 4–21, 2018

The School for Lies

By David Ives

Directed by Jonathan Fox

Outrageously comic!

The Washington Post

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Student Matinee: Friday, October 19, 2018; 11am (more info) (view the study guide)

A side-splitting, freewheeling adaptation in rhyming verse of Molière’s classic comedy The Misanthrope, from the author who wrote The Liar, Venus in Furand All In The Timing. It’s 1666, and Frank, a caustic and crabby guy who despises social niceties, falls for Célimène, a beautiful young widow and dazzling social butterfly.

Adapted from The Misanthrope by Molière. It’s 1666 and the brightest, wittiest salon in Paris is that of Celimene, a beautiful young widow so known for her satiric tongue she’s being sued for it. Surrounded by shallow suitors, whom she lives off of without surrendering to, Celimene has managed to evade love since her beloved husband died – until today, when Frank appears. A traveler from England known for his own coruscating wit and acidic misanthropy, Frank turns Celimene’s world upside-down, taking on her suitors, matching her barb for barb, and teaching her how to live again. (Never mind that their love affair has been engineered by a couple of well-placed lies.) This wild farce of furious tempo and stunning verbal display, all in very contemporary couplets, runs variations on Molière’s The Misanthrope, which inspired it. Another incomparable romp from the brilliant author of All in the Timing.
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“A fun, frilly and decidedly cheeky adaptation… The School for Lies is a rom-com for wordsmiths… [Ives’s] unstoppable couplets, and the infusion of mega-topical references blows [Le Misanthrope] wide open for today’s audience.”
Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.)

“…we are in prime-time rhyme time yet again with uber-clever playwright David Ives… slyly funny… an irreverent tribute”
Washington Post

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