METROMANIACS by David Ives. Red Bull Theater, April 10-May 26, 2018

Red Bull Theatre presents
by David Ives
adapbed from Alexis Piron's Le Métromaine
directed by Michael Kahn

The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 West 42nd Street. April 10 - May 26, 2018

t’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 (The Liar, Venus in Fur, All in the Timing).


“Frisky, competitive wordplay and high-octane mix ups ...almost criminally enjoyable.” —Washington Post

​“Ives [is] wizardly … magical and funny … a master of language. He uses words for their meanings, sounds and associations, spinning conceits of a sort I’ve not seen or heard before. He’s an original.” —The New York Times

“Disguises and ruses and verse-ical abuses.” —BroadwayWorld

The Metromaniacs Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822233978
Availability: Special Order
Published: Dramatists Play Service, Inc. - March 2016