Review: ‘ The Liar’ at Center Rep in Walnut Creek (****)

by Charles Kruger There are few plays in the entire theatrical repertoire as funny as classic French comedies-of-manner. For years, though, English translations have been hobbled by the requirement that all the text be written in rhymed couplets. Too often, the results did not flow trippingly upon the tongue. But in recent years, the extraordinary […]

Marin Shakespeare Company’s ‘The Liar’ is a triumph of comedic style

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 4/5 Stars » Highly Recommended) Classic French comedy, performed in the pompously overwrought and flamboyant acting style perfected by the Comedie–Francaise, is reputed to be the funniest stuff imaginable on stage. With David Ives‘ adaptation of Pierre Corneille‘s 17th century masterpiece, The Liar, Marin Shakespeare Company delivers exactly that. Dorante, a young law […]