Readers dear, my pen's on fire
To praise the charm of Lantern's Liar.
The cast is nimble, the cast is quick
For sheer amusement, this show's my pick.
Dueling and wooing and sorting out twins
Seventeenth-century silliness wins.
The Liar lies, and the ladies swoon
While witty language calls the tune.
With fabulations and fictions flying
Despite the obvious lure of lying
Steering you wrong would be uncouth
You'll enjoy this show, and that's the truth.
David Ives' translation and adaptation of Pierre Corneille's 17th-century French comedy is written in rhyming couplets of iambic pentameter, directed with great elan by Kathryn MacMillan, and performed with panache, brio, and all kinds of other foreign-sounding good stuff by a razzle-dazzle cast: Aubie Merrylees as the liar, Dorante, who falls in love with Clarice (Sarah Gliko) - or maybe it's actually her friend Lucrece (Emilie Krause) he's after.