The Liar | Writers Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 11 2013
Price: $35-$70
Did you see The School for Lies at Chicago Shakespeare Theater last winter? Well, you should've. Written in playfully rhymed couplets and chock-full o' clever anachronisms, David Ives's antic adaptation of The Misanthrope came off as smart fun. Ives uses the same techniques to even better effect in The Liar, his 2010 version of Pierre Corneille's 370-year-old comedy about charming Dorante, whose belief that the "unimagined life is not worth living" leads him to tell ever grander whoppers. The quarters are tight, a pedestal at center stage looks like an outsize bathtub plug, and Nate Burger has to overcome unflattering costuming as Dorante, but director William Brown still puts on a great show. LaShawn Banks is engaging as Dorante's pathologically honest sidekick, Anne Thompson delightful as a pair of twins, and a weaponless duel Berger and Michael Perez—playing Dorante's rival, Alcippe—makes for inspired comedy. —Tony Adler



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