The Metromaniacs

September 13-29, 2019


By David Ives, adapted from Alexis Piron’s La Métromanie

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. She turns out to be none other than a wealthy gentleman 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).

"Frolicsome verse comedy…Ives’s cleverness is indisputable, and he excels at a rare sort of verbal glitter.” —Time Out New York

“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.” 


“The Metromaniacs is a comedy with five plots, none of them important. On the other hand, that’s the beauty of the play, and part of its delight. Piron doesn’t want plot. He wants gossamer and gorgeousness, he wants rarified air and helpless high-comic passion. A purer world. Characters drunk on language, mere mortals in love with poetry, fools in love with love. In other words, the way the world was meant to be.”

 — David Ives, playwright