Playwright David Ives (Venus in Fur) pulls out all the stops in a deliciously witty, over-the-top farce, THE SCHOOL FOR LIES, a San Diego premiere presented by North Coast Repertory Theatre. As in Molière’s The Misanthrope upon which it is based, the elaborately costumed characters play out their decadent lives in elegant 17th century French drawing rooms. However, the situations and scandals are decidedly 21st century ― frivolous lawsuits, sleazy lawyers, flip-flops, and rock ‘n roll ―to name a few. In a stunning display of verbal acrobatics, Ives has his scheming, gossiping characters speak in hilarious rhyming couplets that will leave the audience weak with laughter as they anticipate the zinger that always comes. Be prepared for an evening of unabashed merriment.

Andrew Paul will direct a cast that includes Richard Baird*, Brenda Dodge, Jason Heil*, Dana Hooley, Jessica John, Phil Johnson*, David McBean*, Jonathan McMurtry* and Joel Ripka*. The design staff includes Marty Burnett (Scenic Design), Matt Novotny (Light Design), Alina Bokovikova (Costume Design), Elizabeth Atkinson (Original Sound Design), Peter Herman (Hair & Wig Design) comprise the crew.

*The actor or stage manager appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

THE SCHOOL FOR LIES previews begin Wednesday, February 19th. Opening Night on Saturday, February 22nd at 8pm includes a post-show reception. There will be a special talkback on Friday, February 28th with the cast and director. It will play Wednesdays at 7pm, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm with Sundays at 7pm, through March 16, 2014. (See Schedule below.) North Coast Repertory Theatre is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Ste D, Solana Beach, CA 92075. Tickets: Opening Night – $54, Previews- $37; Week Nights – $44; Sat. Eve. & Sun. Mat.- $48; Sat. Mat. & Sun. Night – $41. Seniors, Students, Military – $3 off admission. Call 858-481-1055 or visit



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