The Liar

Henry Heymann Theatre
July 13—30
8 p.m. & 2 p.m.

Alternative facts, mistaken identities, devious servants and passionate young love will collide this month when Kinetic Theatre Company presents the Pittsburgh premiere of The Liar.

Adapted from Le Menteur—a farcical play by leading 17th-century French dramatist Pierre Corneille—the work is the brainchild of acclaimed American playwright, screenwriter and novelist David Ives.

Audiences will be transported to 1643 to meet dashing young Dorante who arrives in romantic Paris to find a wife. The whirlwind drama escalates when Dorante’s “little problem with the truth” leads him down a path of compulsive “false statements” and “unsubstantiated assertions.”

Experience an outrageous chain of events involving intricate misunderstandings, hilarious fabrications and complicated lies—ultimately resulting in one of modern literature’s most prominent comedies. Written in rhymed iambic pentameter, Ives’ astute adaptation features an inventive use of language and timeless comedic elements.

Directed by Andrew Paul, the production stars Carnegie Mellon School of Drama alums Ethan Saks (Dorante) and Erika Strasburg (Clarice). Helping to bring the visually rich farce to life are set designs by Gianni Downs and costumes by Kim Brown.

Henry Heymann Theatre is located in the Stephen Foster Memorial
 in Oakland.

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Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.