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University of Minnesota Duluth comedy updates classic tale of opulent wealth

"The School of Lies" debuts Feb. 3.

University of Minnesota Duluth's "School of Lies"
The University of Minnesota Duluth's "The School for Lies" hits the stage Feb. 3-5 and 9-12, 2022.
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DULUTH — The University of Minnesota Duluth will present "The School for Lies," a witty adaptation of Molière’s "Le Misanthrope," in February.

Lauren Roth, assistant professor of voice and speech at UMD, said the play represents the ridiculousness of how we see the world around us.

"In essence, it is a story of the way we see the world around us, what we take from society, how we interact with others. It is a story of hypocrisy, truth and lies," Roth said.

The play, by David Ives, is in iambic pentameter and rhyming couplets, giving the play a humorous, fast-paced quality.

"The School for Lies" is originally set in Paris in 1666, but Roth said UMD decided to weave in elements of modern society, like reality television, to emphasize the play's fascination with opulent wealth and societal status as it's seen today.


"The characters are absolute buffoons, but they're realistic buffoons," Roth said. "The whole thing is a marriage of classical and contemporary throughout."

The show runs Feb. 3-5 and 9-12 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. with an American Sign Language interpreter.

Tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for seniors, UMD faculty, staff and veterans; $15 for non-UMD students; and $10 for UMD students.

COVID-19 vaccination proof is required upon entry. UMD students, faculty and staff can show their Ucard as compliance with the vaccine mandate. All others 5 years and older are required to show a picture of their vaccination card or a negative, third-party COVID test taken within 72 hours.

Abigael Smith graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a double major in journalism and English and a minor in Digital Writing, Literature, and Design.
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