Lantern Theater Company
The Heir Apparent by David Ives
2018/19 Season

The Heir Apparent
By David Ives
From Le Légataire universel by Jean-François Regnard
Directed by M. Craig Getting
November 8 - December 16, 2018

When the family of a wealthy geezer gets wind of his imminent demise, an exuberant and hilarious struggle breaks out to get hold of his estate. In this tour de force of rhyming couplets and period costumes, comic suspense reigns. Will money, low cunning, or love triumph? From the playwright of New Jerusalem, The Liar, and Venus in Fur, this modern farce in the tradition of Molière crackles with humor, poetry, and romance.

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The Cast

Chris Anthony as Eraste  •  Leonard C. Haas as Geronte  •  Adam Hammet as Scruple  •  Dave Johnson as Crispin  •  Mary Martello as Madame Argante  •  Lee Minora as Lisette  •  Ruby Wolf as Isabelle

The Creative Team

Lance Kniskern, Scenic Designer  •  Marla Jurglanis, Costume Designer  •  Amanda Jensen, Lighting Designer  •  Christopher Colucci, Sound Designer  •  Rebecca Smith, AEA Stage Manager
News & Reviews

"The Heir Apparent is a fart joke-filled, foul-mouthed comedy dressed up as a highbrow period piece. Molière with a touch of South Park. A turd in a corset. And it is sublime. An irreverent comedy and a rollicking good time." –Talkin' Broadway  more

"Full of brilliant language and humor." –The Philadelphia Inquirer

"The Heir Apparent crackles along merrily from start to finish... Mr. Ives freely indulges in contemporary allusion, adding a vivifying seasoning of freshness to a farcical plot." –The New York Times

"This over-the-top farce is clever, funny, and fast... A gem of a play." –Washingtonian

"The play has been transformed by Ives' verbal dexterity and uncanny ability to turn rhymed couplets into rhymed couplets extraordinaire, full of wit, bawdy humor and contemporary references." –The Washington Examiner

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Header Photo: Lawrence Stallings in the world premiere of Me and the Devil (2021); Anthony Lawton and Dave Johnson in Travesties (2022); Melissa Rakiro and Joanna Liao in Twelfth Night (2023); and Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.

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