Tangled love plots and mistaken identities abound in award-winning playwright David Ives' update of the classic French farce The Metromaniacs. Originally written in 1738, the comedy follows would-be poet Damis, who has fallen for the works of a mysterious poetess, not knowing she is really middle-aged gentleman Francalou. Francalou allows Damis to believe the poetess is his own daughter, Lucile, in order to separate her from Dorante, the son of his sworn enemy. Add to the chaos some scheming servants, pseudonyms, disguises and poetic wooing reminiscent of Cyrano, and there is much to untangle before a happy ending is found. Continuing the successful partnership between artistic director Michael Kahn and David Ives, Shakespeare Theatre Company presents the third play in Ives' series of rediscovered French comedy masterpieces, following The Heir Apparent. The New York Times said of the Outer Critics Circle and Helen Hayes-winning playwright, "Ives is wizardly ... magical and funny ... a master of language."