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Reviewed April 18, 2012
What You'll Get
Ancient Greeks laid the foundations for contemporary theater by composing the first plays and stealing the first Tony Awards from Mount Olympus. Celebrate theatrical progress with this deal to see The Liar, presented by Henley Street Theatre at the Gottwald Playhouse at Richmond CenterStage. For $18, you get one ticket for general-admission seating (up to $39 value). voucher holders may attend one of the following performances:
- Friday, April 6, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, April 7, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, April 13, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, April 14, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. (talkback following performance)
- Friday, April 20, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, April 21, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. (talkback following performance)
- Friday, April 27, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, April 28, at 8 p.m.<p>
Henley Street Theatre directs the spotlight to dramatic works from throughout the ages, enrapturing audiences with both new tales and stories that have stood the test of time. In the comedic play The Liar, a 17th-century gentleman by the name of Dorante uses his handsomeness and charm to disguise the fact that he’s a pathological liar, distorting the truth about more than just how fast his pet cheetah can roller skate. Along the course of his farcical, romantic misadventures, a tangled web of lies snags a couple of lovely ladies, a gullible dad, a trusting servant, and a pair of identical twin maids. The play’s frenetic, hilarious energy helped it fetch the 2011 Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play.
For the The Liar’s script, celebrated playwright David Ives took Pierre Corneille’s 1643 comedy and gave it a “translaptation,” a phrase Ives coined to describe his translation and adaptation process. Ives, the scribe of offbeat comedies and adaptations such as Don Juan in Chicago and Mark Twain’s Is He Dead?, keeps the play in iambic pentameter with a rhymed couplet structure. To exercise his verbal brawn for the task, he read Shakespeare’s sonnets aloud each morning, describing this translaptation regimen to the Washington Post as, “I felt like an athlete, but instead of skipping rope, I was skipping pentameter.”
Though student and senior tickets are available for a discount, this deal still offers the best deal available.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 28, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 15/person. Reservation required. Redeem starting 4/2 for ticket at Richmond CenterStage box office. Must show valid ID matching name on voucher at Richmond CenterStage. Must provide full name at checkout, which is provided to Richmond CenterStage. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must redeem together to sit together. Discount reflects Henley Street Theatre's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of event. Must be 14+. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.