Cary Donaldson as Dorant and Amelia Pedlow as Lucille in “The Metromaniacs” at the Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.

A sexy new comedy set in 18th century Paris will have its West Coast premiere Thursday at The Old Globe.

The Metromaniacs” by playwright David Ives is set in aristocratic Paris, where poets are the rock stars of the day, and young people like Damis have gone métromanie—crazy for poetry. Damis has a serious case, so much so that he falls in love with his favorite poetess, not knowing that his idol is actually a middle-aged gentleman writing under a pen name. That sets off a breathless series of complications, plot twists, and mistaken identities.

The Washington Post called the play “a marvel of old and new, with punchlines that glisten with classical flair and contemporary savvy.”

“I’m excited about ‘The Metromaniacs’ for all sorts of reasons, not the least of which is how riotously funny and truly entertaining it is,” said Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “I’m also very thrilled to welcome David Ives to the Globe, whose sparkling ‘translaptation’ of this play is what Shakespeare would call ‘a feast of language.’

The play runs through March 6. Tickets start at $29.

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