The Metromaniacs
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The Metromaniacs

The Metromaniacs NYC Reviews and Tickets

(267 Reviews)
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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').

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913 Reviews | 929 Followers
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. Read more

888 Reviews | 1017 Followers
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 Read more

735 Reviews | 159 Followers
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 Read more

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
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.

677 Reviews | 190 Followers
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. Read more

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
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

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
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.

512 Reviews | 79 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (34)

The New York Times
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 of the verse, instead of within it where characterization belongs. The result is rickety...Only in the second the couplets begin to give birth to satisfying story."
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Time Out New York
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’s pin-wheeling feet...Without desperation, there’s no exhilaration. And so here, on the fourth pour, Ives’s particular brand of champagne finally goes flat."
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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 the verse with crisp precision, so all the jokes land...It's all perfectly digestible, but tiresome on the taste buds...Ives wanted to create a fluffy gossamer entertainment, and he did."
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Lighting & Sound America
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, ultimately becomes a bit wearing...Then again, the current scene doesn't offer so many great comedies that we can afford to overlook 'The Metromaniacs,' and the cast is a thoroughgoing pleasure."
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Talkin' Broadway
April 24th, 2018

"'The Metromaniacs' is screwball at its best, with the entire ensemble working their butts off to deliver Ives' complex, delicious rhymes, and playing off of each other's energy...But the show, in its own way, is also quite insightful about the nature of addiction, as it humorously shows the lengths these characters will go to, in order to satiate their need for verse. It never gets dark, no, but it's been haunting me for days after seeing it."
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New York Stage Review
April 22nd, 2018

"A head-spinning plot...This is French farce featuring a satirical target not necessarily in synch with today’s prosaic concerns...Those buckshot couplets that had me tired out by the end of the short first act...Given the baroque material, there may be no other way to go about acting in the dashed thing. And they’re all braced for the challenge. One wily Piron turn of events occurs at the very end...Ticket buyers can and do leave laughing."
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New York Stage Review
April 22nd, 2018

"What gives this extremely silly business its babbling charm is Ives’ inventive wordplay...Kahn's staging here could be more lightly handled. The actors deliver broad performances that look forced. Between the propulsive couplets, the mostly unvaried rhythm of the brisk pacing, and the superficial acting, the show eventually becomes relentless...A comedy as quick, lively, and verbal as 'The Metromaniacs' needs extra room to breathe."
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April 26th, 2018

“To add that ‘The Metromaniacs’ also contains a play within the play, in which all of the characters are apparently playing themselves, might begin to suggest how confusing it all becomes, especially since they all enter and exit with a rapidity as if there were indeed a fire in the house–meaning Francalou's no less than The Duke Theater on 42nd Street.”
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