The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey presents THE METROMANIACS this month
The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey (STNJ) continues its main stage season with David Ives’ The Metromaniacs. Adapted from La Métromanie by Alexis Piron from the 1700s, this outrageous and hilarious satire gives Molière a hard time. Ives’ superb “translation” of Piron’s original is a delicious treat for anyone who loves a laugh. Customers can purchase tickets by calling the box office at 973-408-5600 or by visiting ShakespeareNJ.org.
“Take a break from your cares and step into the silly world of The Metromaniacs. This quick, witty concoction is like a spray of champagne; light, effervescent and perfect for a fun night out with friends during the summer. come to an end,” shared Brian B. Crowe, who directs the play. “The cast is top-notch! – A troupe turned to comic gold. Our regular customers will recognize many of them from past seasons, and those new to STNJ will be delighted.”
The cast is made up of many STNJ veterans including Brent Harris who will play the role of Francalou (last seen in Tartuffe, 2018), Christian Frost as Damis (last seen in Much Ado About Nothing on the Outdoor Stage, 2022), Billie Wyatt as Lucille (last seen in A Child’s Christmas in Wales, 2021), John Ahlin as Baliveau (last seen in Charley’s Aunt, 2018), Austin Kirk as Mondor (seen for last seen in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2017) and Ty Lane as Dorante (last seen in the Shakespeare LIVE! 2022 productions of Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2016). Newcomer DeShawn White will play the role of Lisette.
Brian B. Crowe is in his 27th season with The Shakespeare Theater where he is the director of education and one of the company’s resident directors. He has directed numerous productions for the company’s main stage, outdoor stage and for his educational touring company, Shakespeare LIVE!
The creative team:
The Metromaniacs design team includes the creative talents of set designer Dick Block, costume designer Brian Russman and lighting designer Tony Galaska. The production manager is Jackie Mariani.
Single ticket prices for The Metromaniacs range from $39 to $69. The theater offers various cost-saving opportunities, including $15 student rush tickets, which are available 30 minutes before each performance, with a valid student ID, and a limited number of Pay What You Can tickets. for each performance on a first come, first served basis. STNJ also offers an under $30-$30 ticket option, which offers $30 tickets for customers aged 30 and under, with valid ID. Other discounts are available, including a 10% discount for Bank of America customers and employees, THIRTEEN TV members, AAA members and others. For more information or to purchase tickets, customers can call the box office at 973-408-5600 or visit ShakespeareNJ.org.
For the same price as a regular ticket, Symposium Series shows offer post-show discussion with the cast and artistic staff. For The Metromaniacs, Symposium performances will take place on Tuesday August 23 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday August 27 at 2 p.m. and Saturday September 3 at 2 p.m.
Know-the-Show pre-show lectures are offered free of charge with the purchase of a show ticket. Prior to the performance on Thursday, August 25, at 7:00 p.m., an artist from STNJ will host a pre-show talk and Q&A for interested patrons. The performance that evening follows at 8:00 p.m.
The Shakespeare Theater also offers captioned shows and shows with audio description throughout the season. The subtitled performance for The Metromaniacs will take place on Thursday, August 25 at 8:00 p.m. The audio-described performance will take place on Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the ticket office.