By David Ives
Adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille
Directed by Kathryn MacMillan
November 1 - December 9, 2012
From the author of the Lantern's smash hit New Jerusalem comes this sophisticated, playful adaptation of the classic French comedy by Pierre Corneille. Charming, handsome, and an incorrigible liar, Dorante has come to Paris seeking pleasure. He falls head over heels for the beautiful Clarice, but mistakes her name for that of her best friend, Lucrece. After lying his way into a world of trouble, can Dorante lie his way back out again? Fiendishly clever and a bit naughty, the wordplay and swordplay of The Liar make for an evening that's filled with delights!
Cast & Production Team
Jake Blouch as Alcippe Sarah Gliko as Clarice Dave Johnson as Cliton Emilie Krause as Lucrece Aubie Merrylees as Dorante Emily Rogge as Isabelle/Sabine Peter Schmitz as Geronte Matt Tallman as Philiste
Meghan Jones, Production Manager & Scenic Designer Maggie Baker, Costume Designer Shon Causer, Lighting Designer Christopher Colucci, Original Music & Sound Designer J. Alex Cordaro, Fight Director Joshua Browns, Verse Coach Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager Jarrod Markman, Assistant Director
News & Reviews
Readers dear, my pen's on fire
To praise the charm of Lantern's Liar.
The cast is nimble, the cast is quick
For sheer amusement, this show's my pick." –The Philadelphia Inquirer
"With me so far? It's all crystal clear under Kathryn MacMillan's confident direction, with all eight cast members displaying great diction and command of Ives' often tricky language. [Ives has] concocted an adaptation that not only shows off his nimble wit but requires a deft cast to pull off its every ridiculous twist. The cast of the Lantern's enjoyable production comes through." –Talkin' Broadway
"Breezily effective and often ingenious... Director Kathryn MacMillan jumps her cast into the merriment, with good results all around." –Broad Street Review
"One of the best directed and charming productions of the year, The Liar is guaranteed to lighten and warm even the heaviest, coldest heart. And that's the truth." –Philadelphia Weekly
"An evening of joyful bliss!" –Philadelphia City Paper
"MacMillan maintains a quick pace and the outstanding cast keeps up with ease, obviously relishing the fun of the language and the silliness of the story." –STAGE Magazine
Header Photo: Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018); Charlie DelMarcelle, Anthony Lawton, Jered McLenigan, and Brian Anthony Wilson in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2019); Anthony Lawton and Paul L. Nolan in The Craftsman (2017); and Bi Jean Ngo and Peter DeLaurier in The Tempest (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.