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The School for Lies Recommended The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 13 2017

Molière, in his 1666 comedy The Misanthrope, skewered the hypocrisies of French aristocratic society. David Ives, in his giddily unfaithful 2011 adaptation of Molière’s masterpiece, packs so many impudent anachronisms into his nonsensical 17th-century France (Frank, the updated misanthrope, detests, for starters, “fat fucks in flip-flops”) that no coherent social order remains. Thus it’s never clear why this coterie of do-nothings hang together, whether they fit into any pecking order, or how their private notes put them in great legal jeopardy. The performances alone carry the day, and in director Kathy Scambiatterra’s spritely but overlong staging for Artistic Home, they’re mostly delightful, and none more so than Brookelyn Hebert’s unimpeachable Eliante. She’s mouse, lion, virgin, slattern, doormat, and dominatrix in equally intoxicating doses. —Justin Hayford

Price: $28-$32



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