Coming to Northern on February 14th-19th is a wonderful French farce where confusion is the name of the game!
The Metromaniacs is set in 17th century France at a wealthy poet’s home whose daughter has just come home from college. This poet, Francalou, writes a play to celebrate his daughter’s return and to introduce her to possible suitors amongst the attendees of this play.
This is where the confusion and hilarity ensues. Mistaken identities, characters dressed as other characters, and characters who are purposely trying to confuse their fellow characters and the audience are just a few of the shenanigans that take place in this show. Being confused is part of the fun and just adds to the appeal of the show.
Rehearsing this show has filled my days with laughter and enjoyment. I cannot wait to perform in the black box theatre with this hilarious cast.
Senior Joshua Hinkemeyer
This show, translated by David Ives, appeals to modern audiences due to the clever use of modern idioms and pop-culture. Another important aspect to note about The Metromaniacs is that the entire show is written in rhyming verse. The whole play reads as thought it were one giant poem. However, the language is far from vaulted and often the high language comes back to bite the characters in the butt.
MacKinley Bruemmer, a new student as of the 2017 spring semester, is making his debut as Monsieur Francalou. When talking about the style of the show, Joshua Hinkemeyer, a senior playing the character Damis, explains, “Metromaniacs is your crazy uncle’s Shakespeare. Rehearsing this show has filled my days with laughter and enjoyment. I cannot wait to perform in the black box theatre with this hilarious cast.”
This show, performed in the Black Box theatre, runs one hour and 45 minutes, but the hilarity never ends. Get your tickets at the JFAC Box Office.