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Leaping from Boston in 1950 to Wall Street in 1986 to lavish Malibu today, David Ives (The Liar, The Metromaniacs) gives his "tranlaptation" treatment to Carl Sternheim's epic trilogy, Scenes From the Heroic Life of the Middle Classes — an evening filled with panties falling, lovers juggling, dueling pistols shooting, and other signs of near-apocalypse.

Ives has said publicly that "German comedy" is largely an oxymoron — except for Sternheim (1878-1942). Returning for one final collaboration with artistic director Michael Kahn (The School for Lies), Ives sharpens his celebrated wit to razor-like social commentary — at once ludicrous, larger than life, and close to the bone, making us wonder along the way, as all social satirists do, just where all this madness is going both onstage and off.

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