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Creede Theatre Review: ‘Liar’ rhyming, perfect timing

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014

“The Liar” Dorante is portrayed by John DiAntonio, left, who is engaged to actress Caitlin Wise, right, who plays the twins Isabelle and Sabine in “The Liar.” The couple plans to wed in the Creede area this summer. Courier photo by Ruth Heide

CREEDE — Those who prefer a play in rhyme,

To CRT should make the time,

To see “The Liar” performed in verse,

Their play’s much better, this rhyme much worse.

So adeptly performed on the Creede Repertory Theatre’s stage is “The Liar” that the audience will sometimes forget the entire play, except for a few lines intentionally non-rhymed towards the end, is performed in rhyming verse.

It’s an incredible feat by David Ives who translated and adapted “The Liar” from a 370-year-old comedic play by French playwright Pierre Corneille. It’s an even more incredible feat by the CRT actors to perform this play in a manner that makes the poetry sound like general conversation while at the same time accentuating the rhymes.

This comedy set in 17th Century Paris is so enthralling it might require a second or third viewing to pick up all the innuendos, puns and playful verbal sparring, not to mention the plot twists and turns. Though set in the 1600’s, however, the themes in this play transcend time and strike the funny bones of audiences in every age.

For the complete article see the 07-16-2014 issue.

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