Jeff Smith noon, July 25
San Diego's David Ives Victory Tour continues at the Scripps Ranch Theatre. As with his Venus in Fur and The School for Lies, The Liar is a tour de force. Based on Pierre Corneille's 1643 comedy about a compulsive prevaricator, Ives combines then and now with pentameter lines, flashy couplets, and low-level contemporary slang. The world's just too drab for Dorante. He makes up stores that people take for minted truth. But he's mistaken too: he woos the wrong woman and must un-weave the tangled web of his deceptions. Talented director Robert May shows an affinity for the language(s) and the physical comedy the script requires, in particular a hilarious, mimed swordfight/steeplechase over Andy Scrimger's sleek set. The night I saw it, the cast tended to push the comedy with heavy-handed readings. There's no need, since this is a very funny show.
Worth a try.
- Cost: $25 - $28 | Buy tickets
When: Ongoing until Sunday, April 27, 2014
- Sundays, 2pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 8pm
- Full review by Jeff Smith (April 8, 2014)