Classic Stage Company presents David Ives' adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s 'Le Menteur,' a 17th-century farce filled with misunderstandings and mistaken identities. More…
Dorante is a charming young man newly arrived in the city, and he has but a single flaw: He cannot tell the truth. In quick succession he meets Cliton, a manservant who cannot tell a lie, and falls in love with Clarice, a charming young woman whom he mistakes for her friend, Lucrece. Misunderstandings and intricate lies soon ensue sparking this new take on the classic comedy.
See it if Cute and clever but also missable. A few good jokes and moments. Light fare. Banter and laughter from backstage spoiled act 2 for me.
Don't see it if Speaking in meter or French farce isn't your cup of tea.
See it if Another dazzling, verbal confection by Ives this time from Corneille's farce of mismatched lovers. Kahn's turbo-charged staging can confuse
Don't see it if Rhymed couplets not for everyone but Ives' verbal dexterity can at times match L-M Miranda's Inspired ensemble (Tony Roach A+) often dazzles
See it if you like elegant farce-style comedy in Renaissance times, are a fan of the brilliant Carson Elrod, want a good laugh
Don't see it if You are not a fan of comedy or rhyming pentameter in which the play is presented, don't like cheeky adaptations with current references
See it if you want to see a very good performance by Kelly Hutchinson. She is the only actor who appears to know what she is doing on stage.
Don't see it if you have higher expectations than a college-level production of a French farce.
See it if you want an incredibly funny and witty play. Ives' translation is brilliant.Acting is virtually flawless. Carson Elrod shines. Don't miss it
Don't see it if you have trouble following an old fashioned farce. Just go along for the ride. It is meant to be confusing. Very funny and engrossing.
See it if an adaptation of a 17th cent. French comedy done in verse (with modern references), you loved Ives' The Heir Apparent and you want to laugh
Don't see it if you don't want a play about a liar or one about mistaken identities that cause confusion (and laughter on our part) or a play done in verse
See it if you enjoy Ives' language, puns, and adaptations. Carson Elrod outstanding actor.
Don't see it if you don't like shows in verse, "period" pieces, mixed-up identities, confusing characters. Ives too clever and gets a bit tiresome.
See it if You want to forget your troubles and relish literate comedy, don't mind low humor ,and like rhymed couplets
Don't see it if Pentameter annoys you and rhyme bores you
See it if you enjoy being surprised with laughter.
Don't see it if are a stick on the mud, because it is a FUN evening in the theater that will have you leaving the theater, surprisingly happy.
See it if U love interplay of classic language rhythms mixed with modern speech a la Hamilton in a 17th century play brilliantly updated by David Ives
Don't see it if You don't want to laugh at brilliant rhyming wordplay by a terrific cast in a beautifully written modern update of a classic comedy
See it if you like farce, verse in iambic pentameter, period costume, good actors.
Don't see it if enter screaming, stay screaming is your idea of bad direction, or you are looking for a rationale for this production. Not classic at all
See it if you enjoy farce and wordplay. You're a fan of old-school mistaken identity plays but enjoy a modern twist.
Don't see it if you don't like anachronisms in what is ostensibly a period piece or if you don't enjoy farce.
See it if you want to see a rarely performed play by Corneille with a few outstanding performances and clever choices.
Don't see it if anachronistic translations drive you crazy, along with definitely uneven casting.
See it if You enjoy great theater in CSC's intimate space. This play is full of large performances, great costumes & clever writing. Laugh out loud.
Don't see it if You aren't in the mood for some silly comedy. Can get a bit much in the language but overall a fantastic play full of fun.
See it if you like a period comedy that doesn't take itself too seriously. very enjoyable rhyming script
Don't see it if you don't like a bit of goofiness or the rhyming pentameter annoys you.
See it if You think, as I do, that David Ives is a very funny (and talented) playwright.
Don't see it if If a costume drama in rhymed couplets doesn't sound as funny to you as proves to be.