The School For Lies

Written By David Ives
Directed By Kathy Scambiatterra

Jeff Nominated for best costume design!


Based on Moliere's Misanthrope, David Ives' School For Lies honors the French 17 the Century practice of writing in verse, but uses contemporary language while maintaining the Molière play’s original setting of Paris in 1666. The comedy is a battle of wits between Frank, a traveler from England known for his misanthropic wit, and Celimene, a beautiful young widow with a satiric tongue who is busy avoiding several keen suitors and a pressing legal suit. As Frank turns Celimene’s world upside-down, she discovers that she can still find love amidst the lies and uproarious, naughty array of characters that never seem to miss a chance at having the last word.  The Artistic Home’s production, filled with racy romance and scathing humor. 

Featuring: Devon Carson, Averis I. Anderson, Reid Coker, Julian Hester, Annie Hogan, Brookelyn Hebert, Ted James, Todd Wojcik, and Mark Pracht

Performance Schedule

Performances: July 2- August 13, 2017
Thursday: 7:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 3:00 p.m.

The Artistic Home is on street level with curb to seat assistance upon request. There are seats that don’t require climbing stairs and an accessible restroom. We will also call you a taxi for the trip home and have large print programs, also upon request. For requests please email:

Location: 1376 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60642

“The performances alone carry the day, ... and none more so than Brookelyn Hebert’s unimpeachable Eliante. She’s mouse, lion, virgin, slattern, doormat, and dominatrix in equally intoxicating dose.”
— Justin Hayford, The Chicago Reader
“The staging, costumes and make-up are that of fantasy. If this play were somehow shown as a midnight movie, it would certainly garner cult fame like The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It is simply begging to be turned into an audience favorite.”
— Stephanie Dykes, Picture This Post
“David Ives’ The School for Lies is a witty and hilarious play in verse that will entertain and delight anyone. You get the ridiculousness of a classic comedy of manners updated with contemporary banter. The use of the term “LOL” is certainly unfamiliar in 1666 Paris.”
— Stephanie Dykes, Picture This Post