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The Liar (Ives) - Full Length Play

The Liar (Ives)

David Ives, Pierre Corneille

Full Length Play

5m, 4f

ISBN: 9780822225119

Paris, 1643. Dorante is a charming young man newly arrived in the capi…

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"What's the funniest play ever written? I used to think it was Noises Off, but now that I've seen THE LIAR, David Ives' English-language adaptation of Pierre Corneille's 1644 comedy about a compulsive liar, I'm not so sure…I laughed so hard that I was sore the next day…By wedding [Ives'] verbal prestidigitation to Corneille's mistaken-identity plot, Mr. Ives has come up with a play in which the laughs flow freely and joyously." —Wall Street Journal. "THE LIAR and its mischievous adapter, David Ives, want you to savor every meticulously groomed conceit, every stylishly turned-out couplet, every assiduously manicured joke…Ives is an inveterate jester, a trait that serves him well on an evening that is all jest." —Washington Post. "If there's anything half as entertaining as THE LIAR onstage hereabouts, I'd be obliged if someone would let me know about it." —Washington City Paper. "For Ives, one of America's better dramatic humorists, translating the fun of Pierre Corneille's 1643 French comedy was an act of respectful reinvention…The result is a scrubbed, vivacious script salted with hints of cheeky self-awareness." —DCTheatreScene.com. "Astonishingly fresh, funny, and totally appealing to modern audiences." —Washington Examiner.


5m, 4f

David Ives

David Ives

David Ives is probably best known for his evenings of one-acts, collected as All in the Timing (Vintage Books) and Time Flies (Grove Press). His full-length work to date has been collected in Polish Joke and Other Plays (Grove). He is also the author of two young-adult novels, Monsieur Eek and Scrib. He lives in New York City with his wife, Martha. view full profile

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