THEATER: Schenectady Civic Players Present “The School for Lies” [Berkshire on Stage]
The fifth play of Schenectady Civic Players‘ 90th anniversary season, The School for Lies by David Ives and directed by Chris Foster, opens on Friday (May 4) and plays through Sunday, May 13 at its 12 South Church Street Playhouse in Schenectady’s historic Stockade district.
Adapted from Moliere’s The Misanthrope, The School for Lies tells the comic tale of Frank, who shares with Moliere’s Alceste a venomous hatred of the hypocrisy that surrounds him. Borrowing from Shakespeare, reality TV and everything in between, The School for Lies is an inspired entertainment as well as a pointed study in self-delusion, all rendered in sparkling couplets.
It’s 1666, and the brightest, wittiest salon in Paris is that of Celimene, a beautiful young widow so known for her satiric tongue that she’s been sued for it. Surrounded by shallow suitors, whom she lives off of without surrendering to, Celimene has managed to evade love since her beloved husband died – until today, when Frank appears. A traveler from England known for his own coruscating wit and acidic misanthropy, he turns her world upside-down, taking on her suitors, matching her barb for barb and teaching her how to live again. A wild farce of furious tempo and stunning verbal display.