New Crazy Comedy, The Metromaniacs at the Old Globe

The Old Globe has an intelligent and sexy new comedy in The Metromaniacs

The Metromaniacs

Are you ready to fall in love with this crazy new comedy? Starting January 30th, 2016, and running through March 6th, 2016 at the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage of the Old Globe Theatre is the play The Metromaniacs. This highly anticipated show will surely dazzle all eager audiences. This intelligent and sexy comedy comes from the supremely clever David Ives, who also wrote All in the Timing and Time Flies, and was adapted from Alexis Piron’s La Metromanie. Ives is a former Guggenheim fellow in playwriting and lives in New York City.

The Metromaniacs is directed by the legendary Michael Kahn, and it is one of the most exciting and original new plays presented in association with Shakespeare Theatre Company. For those who don't know, the Shakespeare Theatre Company is a nationally-recognized, Washington DC based company that performs some of Shakespeare's greatest works at the Harmon Center for the Arts.

The plot of The Metromaniacs takes place in 18th century Paris, when poets were the hippest folks around. These poetic performers were given rock star status, and everyone goes crazy for poetry. Young people, like character Damis, have gone “metromanie” or poetry crazy with pseudonyms and hijinks getting in the way of love.  Damis has a case of verse-mania, and it’s so bad that he falls in love with his favorite poetess, not knowing that his idol is a middle-aged gentleman writing under a pen name. The play progresses with not only mistaken identities but a series of complications and plot twists. The Washington Post has called this play “A marvel of old and new, with punchlines that glisten with classical flair and contemporary savvy!”  

The Metromaniacs Old Globe

The main character Damis is played by Christian Conn, who is pleased to be making his Globe debut. Last year he originated in the role of Damis at the Shakespeare Theatre Company's version of The Metromaniacs. His theatre experience includes Desire under the Elms (Broadway), Fulfillment (The Flea Theater), and Love’s Labor’s Lost (Shakespeare Theatre Company). Actor Chistian Conn did four seasons with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, three seasons with the Eugene O’Neil Theater Center, and one season with The Acting Company. He has also done a few television shows and a few minor films. He has a B.F.A from Rutgers University. 

The Metromaniacs Old Globe

The Metromaniacs will last one hour and forty-five minutes with one intermission. Evening performances have a valet option available for parking, and of course we recommend checking out the nearby Prado restaurant for dinner. Check out this fantastic new production of how poets let their talent and love intertwine into a crazy and humorous performance!

Tickets can be purchased via The Old Globe's website, or by calling (619) 234-5623. Ticket prices start at $29.