Theaters have numerous superstitions—for instance, always referring to Macbeth as "the Scottish play" and never yodeling while riding a bearskin-covered unicycle. Respect those traditions and see a show-stopping show with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a ticket to the Shakespeare Theatre Company's production of The Liar (a $70 value). Tickets are for section-A seating in the Lansburgh Theatre. See the sidebar for available dates and times.
The Liar, written in 1644 by French scrivener Pierre Corneille and newly adapted for modern English-speaking audiences by acclaimed wordsmith David Ives, is an uproarious farce following the fib-ridden follies of perpetual charmer and pathological liar Dorante. Arriving in Paris, Dorante, like the new kid at school talking about his "professional wrestler" uncle, wins over everyone with his tall tales and undiscovered untruths. Dorante's lies lead to trouble, however, as every fabrication and forgery breeds more complications, thrusting Dorante into a hilarious juggling act of his own duping doing. Can he keep the lies going and still win the girl in the end? Will his pants truly be on fire? Find out in The Liar, directed by the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Artistic Director, Michael Kahn.
After getting their Groupon, those wishing to watch Dorante weave a tangled web of half-truth and hoax must register online with the Shakespeare Theatre Company and select their preferred show date. The box office will assign seats based on availability. Preference of dates is first come, first served, so put aside your home polygraph kit and make arrangements to see The Liar before the luckiest dates are gone.
Tickets must be picked up at least 30 minutes before show time.
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