Theatre 40 presents “The Metromaniacs,” a comedy and a Los Angeles Premiere engagement. The show opened on July 21, 2022, but will run through August 21, 2022. Remember to confirm with the venue all covid protocols and guidelines -(proof of vaccination and masks MAY be required), prior to booking tickets.

Metromaniacs aren’t people who are crazy about subways. They are people who are nuts about poetry, i.e. verse composed in meter. David Ives’ play “The Metromaniacs” is an English language adaptation of a French farce from 1738, La Metromaie, and it is set in Paris in that year, a moment when there was a particular craze for poetry. Ives’ play is performed in English, in rhyming couplets. Would-be poet Damis has fallen in love with the works of a mysterious Breton poetess, not knowing that she is really Francalou, a middle-aged gentleman. Meanwhile, Damis’s non-literary friend Dorante has fallen in love with Francalou’s daughter, Lucille, who mistakes her new suitor for her favorite poet—Damis! Add to the chaos some scheming servants, pseudonyms, and disguises, and there is much to untangle before love-plots are resolved and a happy ending found. With his sparkling wit and brilliant sense of comedic timing, David Ives brings a new shine to this lost classic.

Edit date and time Playwright David Ives’ Broadway credits include Venus in Fur; Dance of the Vampires; David Copperfield: Dreams and Nightmares; and adaptations of classic musicals and plays (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas; Wonderful Town; Finian’s Ranbow; Is He Dead?). Ives is also an actor.

“The Metromaniacs” debuted in Washington, D.C. in 2015. The new Theatre 40 production marks its Los Angeles Premiere. Marjorie Hayes directs. The recipient of a BFA from CalArts and an MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon, her directing credits include Happy End; Love’s Labour’s Lost; Three Tall Women; The Food Chain; My Sister in This House; and Fuente Ovejuna, for which she received the Austin Cirdle of Critics Award. She is also a cabaret artiste and an actor. In addition to spending several years as an actor with Jerzy Grotowski’s Polish Theatre Laboratory, her acting includes roles in Topeka; Uncertain, TX; Mothers and Sons; Buried Child; and Oklahoma! She is currently Professor of Acting and Directing at University of North Texas.

Marjorie’s cast for The Metromaniacs includes (in alphabetical order) Alec Anderson Carrasco, John Combs, Mandy Fason,  Hisato Masuyama, Josephine Nunez, Jeremy Schaye and David Hunt Stafford. Set design: Jeff G. Rack. Costume design: Michèle Young.

Admission is $35 per person; Call for reservations at  (310) 364-0535 or visit the website; Running through August 21, 2022; Free parking is available in the parking lot beneath the theatre. To access parking, enter through the driveway at the intersection of Durant and Moreno Drives.

What: “The Metromaniacs,” A comedy, Los Angeles Premiere engagement
Where: Theatre 40, in the Reuben Cordova Theatre, 241 S. Moreno Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. The venue is on the campus of Beverly Hills High School
When: July 21 – August 21, 2022. Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00pm
Website: http://www.theatre40.org