The Metromaniacs: That’s Lovers of Poetry, Not the Subway

All’s fair in love and comedy.

The Metromaniacs written by David Ives, directed by Michael Kahn, and currently being performed by the Shakespeare Theatre Company at the Lansburgh Theatre is a play that revels in artificiality and impersonation.  The set opens to an actual staged set; a Parisian ballroom has been transformed to resemble a sylvan glade where wealthy patriarch and would be poet Francalou (Broadway star Adam LeFevre) can stage his new play about his poetry loving daughter Lucille (a great comedic turn by STC vet Amelia Pedlow). In Francalou’s piece, Lucille is impersonated by the down to earth family maid Lisette (played with considerable charm by Dina Thomas).

Metro2Francalou, unbeknownst to the world at large, has been passing himself off as a poetess from Brittany in order to get his work published. His verses have inflamed the passions of young Damis (Christian Conn as a lovable geek) who is visiting Francalou incognito, along with school friend Dorante (Anthony Roach from The Importance of Being Earnest), who’s carrying a torch for Lucille, though she has come to love Damis from his poems.

Basically it’s a typical madcap French farce made up of misunderstandings, false identities, and young lovers who change their affections at a moment’s notice.  In fact, keeping up with everyone’s dual roles could take a Venn diagram.  What’s noteworthy here, besides the caliber of the performances, is that Ives has written the whole piece in rhyming verse; something that was common enough at one time but rarely seen in modern contemporary works. No one would accuse The Metromaniacs of being deep, but it’s a good light weight lark of a production.

Photos by Scott Suchman:
1. Dina Thomas as Lisette and Adam LeFevre as Francalou
2. Christian Conn as Damis and Anthony Roach as Dorante
3. Amelia Pedlow as Lucille

The Metromaniacs
Lansburgh Theatre
Shakespeare Theatre Company
450 Seventh Street, NW

About Winnefred Ann Frolik (405 Articles)
Winnefred Ann Frolik (Winnie for short) was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She completed the International Baccleareate program at Schenley High School and then attended the University of Pittsburgh where she completed a double major in English Literature and Creative Writing. After graduation she spent a number of years working in the non-profit sector and it was during that phase in her life she moved to D.C.  Winnie co-wrote a book on women in the U.S. Senate with Billy Herzig.  She enrolled in a baking program in culinary school and worked in food services for a while. She currently works in personal services while writing for Woman Around Town and doing other freelance writing projects including feeble personal attempts at fiction. Her brother is a reporter in Dayton, Ohio so clearly there are strong writing genes in the family.  She lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with two demanding cats.