Writers Theatre presents THE LIAR.
There’s a reason that action oriented, superhero blockbusters come out in the summer. It’s the season to kick back. These fun ruses entertain for their energetic antics. They aren’t a thought-provoking mind bend. They are spirited romps to match our lust for a win and a romance for the good guy. Just in time for your summer lovin’ fix, cue the audacious and bodacious Dorante played with conviction by Nate Burger.
Having last seen Burger as a Viet Nam P.O.W. (TimeLine’s “Wasteland”), I had to check the program a couple times to ensure I was seeing the same guy. Under the masterful direction of William Brown in both shows, Burger displays an impressive range of acting depth. In THE LIAR, he plays merry with a marveling carefree duplicity. Burger is described perfectly by his animated sidekick LaShawn Banks (Cliton) as a “lying genius” and “moral zero.” He is all that. The characters and audience know he is absolutely lying. And still, we are bewitched and fall hard for Burger. His storytelling abilities and comedic timing is superb.
Playwright David Ives skillfully adapted the Corneille’s French comedy. The mistaken identities and love-at-first-sight passions ignite the story with sensual buffoonery. Ives uses an old-world verse style with contemporary punch. Ives teases out the lunacy of lying by actively making fun of actors and theatre. Burger muses that his lying proficiency would make him a perfect actor. It does. Oh, the clever irony!
Brown paces his talented cast with zippy whimsy. In one scene, Burger and the debonair Michael Perez (Alcippe) duel it out. Aided by Sound Designer Andrew Hansen, this is sword-fighting like no one has ever seen it. It’s precise and hysterical! Although the entire cast lends itself to the fun-loving adventure, especially noteworthy is Anne E. Thompson (Isabelle/Sabine) in her dual role of outrageous flirt and severe dominatrix. Thompson keeps the laughs coming in her double duty right through the curtain call.
“The unimagined life isn’t worth living.” – Dorante
THE LIAR is a witty, pretty fibber. Hot dog, Burger is delicious in this French fried comedy! This show is a great summer escape from reality. It’ll make you want to fib your way into someone’s heart. And that’s no lie!
Running Time: Two hours and thirty minutes includes an intermission
At Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe
Written by Pierre Corneille
Adapted by David Ives
Directed by William Brown
Tuesdays, Wednesdays at 7:30pm
Thursdays, Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm
Sundays at 2pm and 6pm
EXTENDED Thru August 11th
Buy Tickets at www.writerstheatre.org