REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Liar” Opened with a ShowScore of 83

Show-Score | Jan 27, 2017
“The Liar,” written by David Ives and directed by Michael Kahn, opened on January 26, 2017 in New York City. “The Liar,” written by David Ives and directed by Michael Kahn, opened on January 26, 2017 in New York City.


17 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 76.

Charles Isherwood
The New York Times
ShowScore: 90
"'The Liar' is, throughout, an effervescent delight. Mr. Ives’s lyric and comic invention never falters as he blends, in capering, cascading verse, both the cultivated language and decorous rhythms of classical comedy and cheeky, up-to-the-minute slang...Michael Kahn, the longtime artistic director of the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, unsurprisingly proves supremely adept at guiding his actors through the verse, so that there’s no daylight between character and language."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 55
"Even if the play isn't the laugh-out-loud comedy of the year, it comes as a welcome respite from our postmodern age of words without meaning...Ives' adaptation is slow to get off the ground...It never culminates in the tear-producing belly laugh we truly crave. Director Kahn makes up some of the difference with a caffeinated staging that keeps the ornate plot churning along...A diverting, visually sumptuous, but only mildly funny evening at the theater."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 80
"As in Ives’s superb 'The Heir Apparent,' much of the 'The Liar’s' pleasure stems from a continual flow of clever verbiage trippingly delivered by a vibrant cast that includes Carson Elrod and Kelly Hutchinson. As lies flood our news feeds daily, the play’s subject might not seem so funny anymore. But high-level theatrical escapism of this nature makes a strong argument for itself."

“The Liar” was also reviewed by Samuel L. Leiter of Broadway Blog, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Sholiton of Bob's Theater Blog, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Matt Windman of AM New York, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, and Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter.


The show was also reviewed by 88 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 85.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting

Michael E 6126, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You are up for a delightfully witty script with more verbal dexterity and wit than the last five shows you've seen combined, delivered by a terrific cast." 
Don't see it if…"You have no sense of humor and don't want to be highly entertained for two hours, or don't like iambic pentameter and nonstop rhyming verse."  
Shira 6053, ShowScore: 79
See it if…"You enjoy fun, updated writing in iambic pentameter, with the look and plot of a classic. Here the lying is an escape from real-life lying."  
Don't see it if…"You aren't in the mood for silly puns and mistaken identity, though the two maids played by one actor are a riot."
Tony 3, ShowScore: 89
See it if…"You think, as I do, that David Ives is a very funny and talented playwright." 
Don't see it if…"A costume drama in rhymed couplets doesn't sound as funny to you as it proves to be."  

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