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  The School For Lies at Lansburgh Theatre

The School For Lies

Lansburgh Theatre
450 7th Street NW Washington

Contemporary slang meets 17th-century farce in The School for Lies. Adapted from Moliere's The Misanthrope, playwright David Ives (Venus in Fur, All in the Timing) transforms Moliere's classic into a modern satire told entirely through verse. The result is a delightfully incongruous comedy of manners that lets you peer inside the Parisian salon of Celimene, a young widow with a sharp tongue and plenty of eager suitors. Tony Award-nominee David Ives and STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn, the team that created the award-winning French trilogy of The Liar, The Heir Apparent and The Metromaniacs, return to old stomping grounds in this uproarious update of one of the greatest masterpieces of French comedy. Outrageous gags and vicious couplets strike a hilarious balance of class and crass in this classic collision of Moliere's biting satire and Ives's modern wit. See it at Lansburgh Theatre in D.C.

Presented by Shakespeare Theatre Company

Thru - Jul 2, 2017

Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 7:30pm

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MetroWeekly - Highly Recommended

"...A fun, frilly and decidedly cheeky adaptation of Moliere's The Misanthrope, David Ives' The School for Lies is a rom-com for wordsmiths and wig-lovers. If the original is a gorgeous antique - and no doubt drew its share of titters back in the ancient day - Ives' streamlined, 90-minute plot, unstoppable couplets, and the infusion of mega-topical references blows it wide open for today's audience. Just do remember there was an original - and maybe even read it!"

Kate Wingfield

BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...DC is a topsy-turvy, satirical farce; or so it seems this morning. Happily, so is The School for Lies. At least The School for Lies is fiction and man, it felt good to laugh."
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Jenny Minich

Talkin Broadway - Recommended

"...Playwright David Ives makes a welcome return to the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Lansburgh Theatre in Washington with Michael Kahn's effervescent production of The School for Lies, Ives' antic reworking of Moliere's 1666 play Le Misanthrope in modern-flavored rhymed couplets."
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Susan Berlin

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...David Ives brings the comedy of Molière, with this hilarious “translaptation,” into the 21st century to delight us all. With The School for Lies, Shakespeare Theatre Company presents another gloriously fruitful collaboration between Ives and Director Michael Kahn. Ives worked directly from the original French, and he and Kahn updated it from the 2011 Classic Stage Company production. Ives’ dazzling rhymed couplets, along with the marvelous acting, make it a celebratory occasion. The ingeniously modernized court of Louis XIV, the Sun King, has never been funnier."
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Sophia Howes

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...For my money, Cody Nickell's opening monologue alone is worth the price of admission to Michael Kahn's revival of "School for Lies," Ives' free adaptation of Moliere's classic French farce, "The Misanthrope.""
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Andrew White

DCTheatreScene - Recommended

"...The School for Lies breaks hard from the Shakespearean plot when Eliante, Celimene's younger cousin and the object of Philinte's affections, takes a hard look at how things went for Claudio's Hero and instead chases after Frank. Dorea Schmidt shows a great range as Eliante, at times seeming the purest character in the cast until she threatens to kill Frank if he doesn't have sex with her on the floor of her cousin's drawing room. Somehow, Schmidt and Kahn fit both extremes believably within Eliante's constant earnestness."
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Marshall Bradshaw

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