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WVU Theatre & Dance presents French comedy ‘The Liar'

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West Virginia University School of Theatre & Dance's final show of the fall season is the comedy, "The Liar" by David Ives, adapted from the comedy by the 17th-century French dramatist Pierre Corneille.

Charming, handsome and an incorrigible liar, Dorante has come to Paris seeking pleasure. He falls head over heels in love with the beautiful Clarice, but the old boy meets girl scenario goes horribly awry. Mistaking her name for that of her best friend, Lucrece, Dorante winds up getting involved in a duel, tangling himself in a series of gargantuan lies, and all the while, truly making his mark on Paris. Sophisticated, fiendishly clever, and a bit naughty, this playful adaptation of the classic Corneille French comedy makes for an evening filled with delight.

Ives, known for his evening of one-act comedies "All in the Timing," and recent Broadway premiere "Venus in Fur," puts an eccentric twist on the original 1643 text that includes the audience. The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., commissioned Ives for his adaptation of "The Liar" in 2010 as part of their Rediscovery Series.

WVU Resident Artist Jim Knipple is the director of "The Liar," his first show as a professor in the School of Theatre & Dance.

"It's fast paced, it's hilarious, and it's a pretty fun ride for the audience. I have been really blessed to work with an amazing cast and design team, and we are excited to finally present this show to an audience," he said.

"The Liar" runs in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre in the Creative Arts Center on the Evansdale Campus at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21-22 and continues at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-7, with a closing matinee at 2 p.m. Dec. 8.

This show contains mild adult situations and suggestive humor. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for senior citizens and students. There is a group rate of $10 per ticket for groups of 10 or more.
Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com, the CAC or Mountainlair box offices, or by calling 304-293-SHOW. 

For information on this production of "The Liar" visit www.theatre.wvu.edu, call 304-293-2020, or email theatre@mail.wvu.edu.