Things are never quite what they seem when it comes to comedic theatre group Peepolykus. Take their name, for a start. Sounds like an ancient Greek god. But visit their website and you discover it's one of their funny tricks - their name should be pronounced "people-like-us".

Then take their latest show, which begins today at the Lyric theatre's main stage.

Its official title, The Importance of Being Earnest, is similarly misleading. Under the guise of an Oscar Wilde period drama, this play is in actual fact the story of Spyski - a parallel plot-line where the murder of a high-profile Russian dissident is discovered.

Five actors play both sets of characters - and a few more beside - in a Mission Impossible-style farce.

Having sat in on a rehearsal, I can safely say that it's far less confusing than it sounds, and even funnier than expected.

Peepolykus founders John Nicholson, Javier Marzan and David Sant have been staging all kinds of outlandish performances during their 12-year history, from pyrotechnics to mime. But comedies such as last year's West End hit The Hound of the Baskervilles propelled their reputation into the mainstream.

Spyski, as we'll call it for now, is penned by the same writing team of John Nicholson and Steven Canny (of feted theatre company Complicite) and continues to make you wish you had discovered them earlier.

This is also director David Farr's last show as artistic director of the Lyric. After a stunning three years at the helm, Spyski will be the perfect antidote to the twinge of sadness. Come crease up with laughter and cherish the send off.

The Importance of Being Earnest (Spyski), by Peepolykus is at the Lyric Theatre, Lyric Square, Hammersmith until November 1. £10-27. 7.30pm. Call 0871 22 117 22. See and