Purdue Theatre presents… The Liar

By Sherry Zheng | Staff Writer

The Liar written by David Ives and directed by Amy Budd was performed at Nancy T. Hansen Theatre from February 19-28. The play is written in iambic pentameter and is set in 1643, Paris.

Dorante, played by AJ Capuano meets Cliton, played by Jacob Flick. Dorante teaches Cliton, who can only tell the truth, how to lie. Dorante goes up to Clarice, played by Theresa Brusman. He makes up lavish lies to impress her. Clarice flirts back with Dorante, but it is revealed later that she is already engaged to Alcippe, played by Eric Eichelberger. When Alcippe suspects that Clarice may be cheating on him, he challenges Dorante to a duel. In order to avoid the fight, Dorante lies to Alcippe, reassuring him that he is not having an affair with his fiancé. Dorante’s father, Geronte, played by Nick Busch tries to set up a marriage with Clarice, but Dorante lies that he is seeing someone else. Dorante continues to lie until the issue resolves itself at the end. Other characters lie as well, to get themselves out of situations until they are able to fix the problem.

Purdue students Rachel Smith, senior, and Samantha Colin, senior, attended the play on Thursday, February 19.

“It exceeded my expectations!” Smith said. “I really enjoy comedies, so finding out the show was a comedy automatically met my expectations. The over-exaggeration of the comedy, the delivery of the lines, and the quirky characters really hit a high note. Plus, I’m a sucker for pentameter,” Smith said.

“The play was set in a post-war French time period, so it wasn’t really my style,” Colin said. “However, I do think the directing and actors made it enjoyable for all audiences, with the humor and emotions that were portrayed.”

Director Amy Budd was thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the creation of the show.

“Directing The Liar was a long process and an ever-changing adventure,” Budd said. “I started researching and analyzing the play in January 2015. Sometimes I loved it and sometimes I was full of doubt about the play and myself, but my ideas evolved continually. The process really took off when the design team started meeting in September to collaborate on the audio and visual elements of the play.”

“My favorite part of directing is the middle section of rehearsal, when we discover juicy details about the characters, their relationships, and their world,” she added. “Energy fills the studio. When rehearsing The Liar, we laughed a lot during this phase of the process! We work for four hours, six nights a week, but the time flew by.”