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"The Liar"

  • Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Paseo 2920 Paseo Oklahoma City, OK, 73103 United States (map)



From the author of Venus in Fur 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!

Play Summary

Dorante, the quasi-villain of the play, meets Clarice and Lucréce in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. He impresses them with his claim to have returned recently from the wars in Germany and boasts of the vital role he played. After the girls leave, he decides to court Clarice, mistakenly thinking her name to be that of her friend, Lucréce. Géronte, Dorante’s father, arrives and announces to his son that he has found a girl whom he should marry, who turns out to be Clarice. Dorante, wrongly believing that the girl he likes is Lucréce, concocts an outrageous lie that he is already married in order to avoid marrying “Clarice.” After more fabrications and complications (Dorante invents his “wife’s” pregnancy), Géronte is furious when he discovers his son has lied to him. But Dorante eventually tells the truth and everything is resolved happily.

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