Already closed | 2h 10m | East Village

The Liar

From 151 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting

About the show

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. 

2h 10m | Already closed | Classic Stage Company (East Village)

Member Reviews (151)


Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting
Avg Score

Clever, Fluffy, Cute

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.

Clever, Confusing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

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

Clever, Enchanting, Funny

See it if you enjoy farce. Despite my ahange in the taste for humor, I found this delightful. Loved Carson Elrod

Don't see it if you expect serious drama or a musical.

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Exquisite

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

Dull, Monotonous, Banal, Excruciating, Overrated

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.

Also Very disappointing. The actors all seem to be on different pages. Some... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Indulgent, Great writing, Funny

See it if You enjoy David Ives farcical interpretations, great cast, great fun

Don't see it if near slapstick farce is unappealing to you

Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

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

Also I am always a fan of Carson Elrod (especially in Ives plays) with his ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

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

Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if you are a fan of Shakespeare's comedies, as this is essentially a new one.

Don't see it if you don't like rhyme or iambic pentameter.

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

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

Funny, Cliched, Dated, Interesting modern re-write

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

Clever, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you need an injection of silly bawdy theatrical fun and love silly rhymes

Don't see it if you don't like silly

Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Dizzying, Hilarious

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.

Entertaining, Funny, Uneven acting, Uneven translation, Indulgent

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.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Fluffy

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.

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy French farce and David Ives very clever rhyming couplets. Very well-acted

Don't see it if You don't like French farce

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

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.

Funny, Entertaining, Farcical, Fluffy, Great acting

See it if Farces, comedies of manners,

Don't see it if hate farces

Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you're in the mood for what is probably a fun night of theatre.

Don't see it if my opinion is a bit biased by my sitting in an uncomfortable seat.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

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.

Funny, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if you ca deal with rhyming. comedy

Don't see it if if you cannot tolerate listening to rhyme throughout the show

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you like good, fun acting and writing

Don't see it if classics are not your thing

January 26th, 2017
"'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 direct...
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January 26th, 2017
"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...
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January 26th, 2017
"A sparkling if sometimes overbright comedy...Mercilessly allegro and dense with enjoyments, it can sometimes feel a bit exhausting on the receiving end...At the breakneck tempo set by director Michael Kahn, some of the actors seem to strain to get every joke to land with a thump...Still, the tro...
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January 26th, 2017
"Ives takes what should be a tough sell for modern audiences and turns it into an awful lot of fun...The production...doesn’t always live up to the writing’s sparkle. Most of the ensemble lack the necessary comic flair for the piece, and Kahn’s staging, for all its fast pacing, tends toward the o...
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