In 1738 Paris, the poetry craze Metromania is all the rage, and Damis, a young, would-be poet falls for a mysterious poetess from Breton, while scheming servants, mistaken identities, and verse-mania await at every twist and turn.
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From the producers: It's springtime in Paris, 1738. Metromania, the poetry craze, is all the rage. Damis, a young, would-be poet with a serious case of verse-mania falls for a mysterious poetess from Breton, Meriadec de Peaudoncqville (say it). She turns out to be none other than a wealthy gentleman (yes, that’s right) with a touch of the mania himself -looking to unload his sexy but dimwitted daughter - who also just happens to be cuckoo for couplets. Soon scheming servants, verbal acrobatics, and mistaken identities launch a breathless series of twists and turns in this breezy “translaptation” of a rediscovered French farce by comedic master David Ives.
Playwright David Ives is perhaps best known for his comic one-act plays; the New York Times in 1997 referred to him as the "maestro of the short form". Ives has also written dramatic plays, narrative stories, and screenplays, has adapted French 17th and 18th-century classical comedies, and adapted 33 musicals for New York City's Encores! series. "The Metromaniacs" is the third in Ives’ series of rediscovered French comedy masterpieces, following "The Heir Apparent" and "The Liar."
The cast includes Noah Averbach-Katz, Christian Conn, Adam Green, Peter Kybart, Adam LeFevre, Amelia Pedlow, and Dina Thomas. Michael Kahn directs.