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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 that..no reason. It to see it.
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.
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.
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;
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.