Already closed | 1h 45m | Midtown W

The Metromaniacs

From 267 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great writing

About the show

Scheming servants, verbal acrobatics, and mistaken identities launch a breathless series of twists and turns in this breezy "transladaptation” of a French farce by David Ives ('The Liar,' 'Venus in Fur'). More…

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. 

1h 45m | Already closed | The Duke on 42nd Street (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (267)


Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great writing
Avg Score

Great writing, Great adaptation, Great acting, Fun, Fast-paced

See it if Very smart and fast-paced. Fantastic adaptation with fun accessible and very clever rhyming. Great acting. Funny!

Don't see it if you can't concentrate. There's a lot of plot twisting and one has to keep up. The language is easy, not overly elaborate.

Also Kudos to the entire cast to keep up with the fast pace of the text and... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy fun farcical shows with great comedic performances.

Don't see it if You dislike period settings or dialog written in rhyme/couplets

Also The runtime is 1hr 45min including hte intermission. ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great writing, Poetic, Delightful, Dizzying

See it if you like David Ives & to see how he revives an obscure French play, in his inimitable way. [With bon mots, farce & wit, Red Bull has a hit!]

Don't see it if deep meaning you seek or drama most bleak; you hate mistaken identity & cavalier infidelity; you can't abide rhymes or frivolous good times.

Also I'd recommend one major change to something that felt strange. 100 min... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy, Indulgent, Dizzying

See it if A verbal souffle kept aloft by the dexterity of an able cast & Kahn's fleet direction Ives is the star here & never lets us forget it

Don't see it if Ives' clever, well polished gem turns out to be be a rhinestone Not without its charms but highly superficial fare

Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if you like witty, smart dialogue, mistaken identities, judgmental fathers, all the tropes of French farce, actors having fun,all in verse

Don't see it if you don't like plays entirely in verse, not a fan of verbal-style farce, don't like contemporary takes on old plays or convoluted plots

Also David Ives is a national treasure with his verse adaptations of forgot... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Delightful, Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like having fun. The show is a complete romp. I am still giggling days later.

Don't see it if you want serious theater inspiring deep thoughts.

Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Great writing

See it if Rhyming couplet French farce of mistaken identities. Fast and funny. Female leads are superb. Great sets amd costumes. Energised throughout.

Don't see it if Plot sacrificed at forced rhyming structure. No reason for break in 1:45mn, save for the pun.

Clever, Delightful, Fluffy, Stylish

See it if you have enjoyed other Ives riffs on French classical comedy

Don't see it if you don't like rhyming couplets and silly plots

Also Enjoyable, but not up to the level of Ives's School for Lies or The Li... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you love clever farces, well acted and VERY well written.This show is delightful and well worth seeing. Ives is a genius!

Don't see it if you require a play that is linear and easy to follow.It is a farce so it goes all over the place but you'll love the ride.

Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy classics with farce and calamity, are looking for something over-the-top and funny

Don't see it if you're looking for something fresh and new or don't see the humor in ridiculous plots like mistaken identities.

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy farces with rhyming couplets, David Ives outdoes even himself

Don't see it if you think farces too silly

Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy period pieces, like a funny farse and if you would like comedy in verses.

Don't see it if You like modern settings, do not particularly like a farce and prefer serous plays.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you love David Ives translations/ adaptations of French farces; plays done entirely in rhyme & love to laugh & don't really care about plot

Don't see it if you would be annoyed by characters that have multiple names - their aliases and their names in the play within a play or if plot is importnt

Also I loved his other works such as The Heir Apparent & The Liar which hav... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Indulgent, Fluffy, One-note

See it if you’re in the mood for rhyming mistaken-identity comedy. The cast does the material justice; I’m not sure the material returns the favor.

Don't see it if you’re not someone who enjoys theater with no other point then frivolous fun.

Stoppard-esque, Python-esque, Dizzying, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy verbal sparring at a fast pace, which delivers many laughs along the way, or if you enjoy farces and appreciate clever writing.

Don't see it if you don't want to be fully intellectually engaged in a show. You're cheating yourself if you're not operating on all cylinders when you go.

Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if Enjoy updated takes in classic comedies.

Don't see it if Not Moliere but close

Delightful, Funny

See it if You enjoy bouncy, silly rhymes and mistaken identities.

Don't see it if You want action (it feels like it's mainly exposition on all the interweaving plots)

Ambitious, Dizzying, Delightful, Refreshing, Wonderously funny

See it if Every reason to see it; a delightful farcical romp in contemporary verse set in 1738 manages to be very funny and by the end, uplifting.

Don't see it if No reason not to. See it — if you like verse, farce or Restoration Comedy — or don't; it might well convert you to all three with its humor.

Also Like ¡Figaro! (90210) in the same space two years ago — an LA immigrat... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Resonant, Quirky, Delightful

See it if Ah yes, couplets, good cast, amusing humor

Don't see it if COUPLETS!

Delightful, Funny, Fluffy, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy David Ives's translaptations and want to laugh until your sides hurt. This is perfect escapism.

Don't see it if You need something serious or profound, don't like iambic pentameter

Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing, Dizzying

See it if You like Period pieces and costumes, can enjoy a fast paced show in rhyme/couplets, want to laugh, to see a wonderful show.

Don't see it if If you have little focus (you need to pay attention), don't like rhyme, don't like period pieces, other than reason. It to see it.

Also It was amazinfpg the pace the cast set. The rhyming/couplets were also... Read more Read less

Clever, Enchanting, Confusing, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if If you want to see a play within a play within a play... if you like satire and Voltaire with a Shakespearean twist. Also rhyming..

Don't see it if You want a straight line plot. You are looking for a traditional story.

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if you love David Ives' rhyming schemes; you want a happy ending; you like watching actors enjoy themselves

Don't see it if you only like musicals; you don't like farce;

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if you like David Ives comedies (I certainly do), you find the idea of a play in rhyming couplets intriguing, or if you just want to have fun.

Don't see it if you don't like fluff, you are annoyed by somewhat convoluted rhymes, or if you are looking for something substantial. This is light.

Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if you're a fan of David Ives and you enjoy ridiculous plot twists.

Don't see it if you want to see a laugh out loud, funny comedy. The rhymes were very good, but they became tiresome.

April 22nd, 2018
"A play that squeezes contemporary English into pentameter couplets — and a story that doesn’t matter...Since all the characters speak in essentially the same form, there is no variation or, indeed, verbal distinctiveness. That leaves the cast, which is uniformly good, to build characters on top ...
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April 23rd, 2018
"Ives has wound up with a middling piece that can’t trigger his gift for well-machined mayhem...Ives’s cleverness is indisputable, and he excels at a rare sort of verbal glitter. Michael Kahn’s production is physically exquisite...For farce to work, we need to sense the abyss underneath the hero’...
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April 22nd, 2018
"Undoubtedly, many audience members will thrill at Ives's virtuosic wordplay...I chuckled too, but unmoored from real stakes, I found my mind floating out to sea. This is despite a zippy production by director Michael Kahn and delightfully physical performances from the cast. Everyone delivers th...
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April 23rd, 2018
"Thanks to Kahn's tight direction and a cast that knows how to keep the ball in the air, a steady procession of laughs is guaranteed...I have one reservation about 'The Metromaniacs,' and it's a fairly significant one: The sheer number of gags, absent the tiniest hint of emotional involvement, ul...
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