The School for Lies

December 4, 2012

January 20, 2013

in CST's Courtyard Theater

by David Ives
adapted from The Misanthrope by Molière
directed by Barbara Gaines

Highly recommended! Gaines and her actors seize hold of Ives’ words, and run

Chicago Sun-Times


The Play

Molière’s wit meets its match in this saucy, scintillating new adaptation. Tony Award-nominee David Ives’ deliciously off-color tribute to The Misanthrope stuffs a seventeenth-century farce full of contemporary slang—with results worthy of a Baroque reality show. Amid a glittering world of gossip, glamour and scandal, a gaggle of misbehaving characters chatter away in hilarious rhyming couplets. The ensemble features acclaimed Stratford Festival actors—and real-life husband and wife—Ben Carlson and Deborah Hay. Staged by Artistic Director Barbara Gaines in the uniquely personal setting of CST’s Courtyard Theater, this blissfully entertaining night promises to keep you laughing all the way home.



Video: The School for Lies at CST

The School for Lies

Video: The School for Lies at Chicago Shakespeare


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The Players

Creative Team

Barbara Gaines Director

David Ives Playwright

Molière Playwright of The Misanthrope

Daniel Ostling Scenic Designer

Susan E. Mickey Costume Designer

Philip Rosenberg Lighting Designer

Lindsay Jones Original Music and Sound Designer

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up Designer

Rick Sordelet Movement Consultant


Judith-Marie Bergan Arsinoé

Ben Carlson Frank

Sean Fortunato Philinte

Kevin Gudahl Acaste

Deborah Hay Celimene

Heidi Kettenring Eliante

Paul Slade Smith Clitander

Samuel Taylor Dubois/Basque

Greg Vinkler Oronte

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