The liar of the title is one Lelio, a young Venetian of good family who returns home after a long absence and is immediately embroiled in a series of hilarious escapades. Lelio's problem is that he seems unable to speak the truth when a whopping lie suits his purposes better—and the more the resultant complications multiply the more outlandish his fibs become. Before long he has thrown the budding romances of two lovely young sisters into a turmoil, discredited their rightful suitors, deceived his own befuddled father (who has not yet recognized him), and created such a tangle of misunderstandings that it appears doubtful whether things can ever be set straight. But, happily enough, the truth does ultimately triumph—and with all the verve and high comic style which has characterized the play throughout.
Translation by Tunc Yalman. An established favorite with leading stock and regional theatres, this joyous new version of Goldoni's classic comedy is now widely available for nonprofessional production for the first time. "Fresh, alive and funny…it delights the senses from the minute the curtain goes up…" —Cleveland Press. "…provoked shouts of approval at the final curtain." —Milwaukee Sentinel. "The capacity audience rocked with laughter again and again…" —Sheboygan Press.