Arkansas Repertory Theatre
601 Main Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203
Oct. 11 – 29, 2017 ?
Opening Night on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
By David Ives | Adapted from The Misanthrope by Molière
“Frank’s so determined to be fully candid. His every syllable can seem backhanded.”
When an expatriate returns to France after years in England, his no-frills style and brutal honesty set him apart from his foppish peers. He decides to spurn popular conventions and retreat from “proper” social circles, only to immediately become smitten with an upwardly-mobile young widow who revels in the newest trends and is pursued by a bevy of suitors.
Based upon Molière’s classic 17th Century comedy, The Misanthrope, The School for Lies feels surprisingly relevant as it exposes the hypocrisies of polite high society with a sharp wit and even sharper observations about human nature. Comic master David Ives (All in the Timing, Venus in Fur, Is He Dead?) adapts this wicked farce for contemporary audiences, contrasting the high-brow characters with low-brow humor and employing present-day language that breathes fresh air into this rollicking satire.
“Molière is one of the greatest comic writers who has ever lived," Miller-Stephany said. "His rapier sharp wit and his keen insights into human foibles are practically unparalleled amongst dramatists of any age. David Ives’ bold 2012 adaptation of The Misanthrope is whip-smart, delightfully bawdy and an overall hoot.”
The School for Lies is a classical treat in rhyming couplets that will have Rep audiences rolling in the aisles!
- SYNPOSIS: It's 1666 and the brightest, wittiest salon in Paris is that of Celimene, a beautiful young widow so well known for her sharp tongue that she's being sued for it. Surrounded by shallow suitors, Celimene has managed to evade love since her beloved husband disappeared—until today, when Frank appears. A traveler from England known for his brutal honesty and acidic misanthropy, Frank turns Celimene's world upside-down, taking on her suitors, matching her barb for barb, and teaching her a lesson or two.
- LANGUAGE: There is a fair amount of both profanities and obscenities used throughout this ribald comedy, enough to qualify it for an “R” rating. The language includes “damn,” “goddamn,” hell,” “sonofabitch,” variants of “fuck” (used in a sexual reference), variants of “whore,” and other sexual terminology.
- SMOKING: None.
- DRINKING: None.
- SEX: There are scenes that allude to sex and sexual situations.
- VIOLENCE: None.
- THEMES: Topics of discussion in this play include: cross-dressing as a disguise, toilet humor, homosexual relationships, hypocrisy, slander, sin and sex.
- RATING: If it were a film, this production would be rated “R” for strong adult language and material.
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