The School for Lies

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2882-8
Publication Date
September 2012
Page Count
160 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

The School for Lies

A Play Adapted from Molière's The Misanthrope

Adapted from Molière’s The Misanthrope, David Ives’s The School for Lies tells the comic tale of Frank, who shares with Molière’s Alceste a venomous hatred of the hypocrisy that surrounds him. Like his predecessor, Frank gets into trouble for insulting the work of a dreadful poet and falls in love with Celimene, a witty widow. In Ives’s madcap version, however, Celimene returns Frank’s affection because she wrongly believes him to be King Louis XIV’s bastard brother. 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.
About the Author

David Ives is the author of a collection of one-act comedies, All in the Timing (1994). His other plays include Ancient History (1990), Time Flies (2001), New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza (2008), Is He Dead? (2008, adapted from Mark Twain), The Liar (2010, adapted from Corneille), The Heir Apparent (2010, adapted from Regnard’s Le Légataire universel), and Venus in Fur (Northwestern, 2011).


"Mr. Ives coruscating wordplay is really the star of the show...Such is the ingenuity of his verse making that you find yourself anticipating with pleased excitement the arrival of the next rhymes." —Charles Isherwood, New York Times

"What makes The School for Lies so memorable is its author's virtuosic use of language. Like The MisanthropeThe School for Lies is written in rhyming couplets, and Mr. Ives, an amateur poet of no mean accomplishment, has got a million of 'em." —Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal