The very loose premise of the plot is that a man named Dorante (played as a lovable mischievous rascal by a woman, Shá Cage) comes to town (Paris, of course) and tells nothing but lies. He soon partners with Cliton (a hilarious Zach Curtis, who also functions as sort of a narrator), who cannot tell a lie, until his boss teaches him how. They spot two woman (India Gurley and Sara Richardson) and a servant (Shanan Custer, garnering the biggest laughs with the fewest lines), and naturally Dorante falls immediately "in love" with one of the woman, speaks a few words to her, and is determined to marry her. Problem is he doesn't know her name. Cliton asks the servant (who, surprise, is a twin!) and gets a vague answer, from whence comes the confusion and the entire set-up of the plot. Adding a few more complications are one of the women's long-standing beau (played by JuCoby Johnson, breaking out of type and playing a not-so-sweet boyfriend), his friend (Michael Ooms) who loves one of the servant twins, and Dorante's father (Rex Isom Jr.) who wants grandchildren. After much delightful chaos and confusion, in the end eight characters are coupled off in marriage (because marriage = happy ending, right?).
|the cast of The Liar (photo by Petronella J. Ytsma)|
The Liar continues through this weekend only (closing October 2). Highly recommended for fun, light-hearted, escapist entertainment.