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  The Liar at Lansburgh Theatre

The Liar

Lansburgh Theatre
450 7th Street NW Washington

Dorante is charming, handsome … and a pathological liar! When he arrives in Paris, Dorante’s outlandish tales amaze and convince all who hear them, but for each problem his clever lying solves, it creates two new ones. Will he manage to keep his stories straight, his dupes none the wiser and somehow still get the girl? This joyful French farce bursts onto the stage in Broadway playwright David Ives’ sparkling new adaptation. Michael Kahn brings his brilliant touch to this one-of-a-kind comedy. The world premiere is made possible by the generous support of The Beech Street Foundation.

Presented by Shakespeare Theatre Company

Thru - May 29, 2010

Price: $60 - $75

Running Time: 2hrs
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Washington Post - Highly Recommended

"...Some of the poetic jousting will strike you as precious, particularly when a pun is anticipated half a line before it's spoken. Kahn's cast, though, has been well drilled in the reserved technique of not telegraphing the rampant silliness. These likable performers allow us to feel as if a little bit of mendacity were good for the soul."
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Peter Marks

Washington Examiner - Highly Recommended

"... Even if you majored in French literature in college, you might not recognize the tile of the play that just opened at the Shakespeare Theatre: "The Liar" by Pierre Corneille. Corneille is generally known for his tragedies, but this farce, as translated and adapted by David Ives and directed by Michael Kahn, is astonishingly fresh, funny and totally available to modern audiences."
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Variety - Highly Recommended

"...Shakespeare Theater a.d. Michael Kahn is clearly drawn to the humorous yet touching story as well as Ives' clever wordplay, and emphasizes both in this fast-paced production, which wraps in an even two hours."
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Paul Harris

MetroWeekly - Highly Recommended

"...After Henry V and Richard II, dishes as rich as pheasant, The Shakespeare Theatre Company offers the clever 17th century confection, Corneille's The Liar. Under the astute direction of Michael Kahn, this is an exceedingly good-natured, witty and amusing entertainment brimming with brain-tickling wordplay. Of course, it is also David Ives's positively shameless adaptation, and though the jazzy flow and plethora of modern references makes it highly accessible, not everyone will appreciate Ives's insistent "voice," the occasional nod to sitcom humor, and the substitutions. For some us there is something rather special about "getting" a 17th century joke."

Kate Wingfield

City Paper - Highly Recommended

"...If there’s anything half as entertaining as The Liar onstage hereabouts, I’d be obliged if someone would let me know about it."
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Trey Graham

The Eagle - Highly Recommended

"...While the ending of the play is admittedly abrupt and unexpected — and not necessarily in a good way — it just works as a reminder that the entirety of the play is a farce. There may be very brief moments where the dialogue can be rather unflattering, which in turn makes the acting slightly off-key. Still, “The Liar” is another excellent production by the eminent Shakespeare Theatre Company, backed by a solid cast and an addictive story."
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Stephan Cho

Express Night Out - Recommended

"...The plot is something of a roller coaster, but in short: The poor Cliton (Adam Green) hooks up with a dashing cavalier named Dorante (Christian Conn), who also happens to be a pathological liar. Together, they encounter a whole host of excitable characters, including the flirtatious Clarice (Erin Partin) and her friend, quiet Lucrece (Miriam Silverman). It all ends happily ever after, of course, but the pleasure is letting Ives get you there."
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Fiona Zublin

Washington Diplomat - Highly Recommended

"...don’t let the play’s intricate poetry throw you (as one of the actors assures us during the prologue). Ives manages to translate ancient stanza into accessible verse — a feat he terms “translaptation,” in other words translation with a heavy dose of adaptation. Aptly called a master of linguistics by Michael Kahn, Shakespeare Theatre’s artistic director, Ives spins an elaborate web around his characters and the audience, using nothing more than rhyming puns, spiky wit, uncomplicated humor and a lot of poetic license. The result is a knockout. Cheeks, get ready for a workout."
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Lisa Troshinsky

Washington Blade - Recommended

"...mostly, “The Liar” is a good time. And while you won’t find STC’s staid audiences picnicking in the stalls or razzing the actors like the rowdy patrons at Shakespeare’s Globe, they’re definitely enjoying themselves just the same."
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Patrick Folliard

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...Michael Kahn’s robust staging of The Liar whips past at high-speed, like spun sugar gathered from a cotton candy machine. At night’s end, what passes for plot and character has dissolved, leaving only those bouncy rhyming couplets smacking sweet on your lips."
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