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  The School For Lies at Park Square Theatre

The School For Lies

Park Square Theatre
20 W 7th Pl St. Paul

Contemporary slang meets 17th-century farce in The School for Lies. Adapted from Moliere's The Misanthrope, David Ives' The School for Lies transforms Moliere's classic into a modern satire told entirely through verse. The result is a delightfully incongruous comedy of manners that lets you peer inside the Parisian salon of Celimene, a young widow with a sharp tongue and plenty of suitors. A Chicago native, Ives was nominated for a Tony Award in 2012 for his Venus in Fur. Amy Rummenie directs this Park Square Theatre production of The School for Lies, which includes Kate Guentzel, Anna Hickey and John Middleton.

Thru - Feb 2, 2014

Price: $25-$58

Box Office: 651-291-7005

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  The School For Lies Reviews

Star Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...Under the sure direction of Amy Rummenie, the Co-Artistic Director of Walking Shadow Theatre Company, and with the aid of an outstanding cast, this play unfolds with the precision and brilliance of a complex piece of music."
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Lisa Brock

Twin Cities Pioneer Press - Recommended

"...While some grimmer sections in the plot suck the comedic lightness out of the show at times, the ending redeems it. Ives' mash-up of 21st-century and 17th-century humor is a testament to how little humanity has changed over the years. We still want love to triumph in the end."
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Renee Valois

How Was The Show - Recommended

"...The acting is the play's equal, and then some. Under Amy Rummenie's firm and brisk direction (she is emerging as the area's most astute drawer-out of intelligent acting performances), everyone thrills. I only regret that I lack the space here to wax rhapsodic about everyone. Still, I have to mention John Middleton's wonderful turn as Frank (short for François, the Alceste character). Middleton prowls the stage and carries every scene with loose-limbed charisma. Anna Hickey as Eliante is both sweet and taut. As Arsinoe, Andrea Wollenberg is arch and predatory. She underplays everything and I couldn't rip my eyes off her. Kate Guentzel plays Celimine splendidly, with wide-eyed energy and fire. The always reliable John Catron is a hoot, lithping gloriouthly. David Beukema minces brilliantly. OK, OK, I'll stop."
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John Olive

Aisle Say Twin Cities - Highly Recommended

"...But perhaps one of the biggest indicators of Rummenie's success as a director is not her masterful adornment of the Park Square's large stage or her ability to pull such charming (and well-articulated) performances out of her actors; rather, it is the attention to detail that can make even the smallest part into a scene-stealer. As a pair of increasingly put-upon servants, Skyler Nowinski gets a laugh every time he appears on stage. In the midst of all the antics, he embodies an arch and understated current of mockery for the petty frivolity of all kinds of social goings-on. As a complement to the blatant bawdiness and shimmering wit of the rest of the script, the servant's wry resignation is a well-placed counterpoint with a message that Moliere would certainly approve of."
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Sophie Kerman

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