Théâtre français de Toronto‘s production of Le Menteur (The Liar) is a witty comedy of manners full of flowery language and wicked banter. Although the play was written in 1643 by Pierre Corneille, the themes are still relevant today: the resistance of youth to authority, tall tales, jealousy, infatuation, and much more.
Directed by Joël Beddows, this is the first time TfT is presenting an original production by the prolific playwright. Beyond the comedy of Dorante’s (the liar) extravagant stories, the play shows a good reflection on the place of truth in relationships, and the concept of social status in the contemporary world.
Take a listen to my Post Show Talk about Le Menteur (The Liar):
There is much to be said for this farcical play. It was written at a different time. Not unlike Shakespeare’s works, the play deals with themes that are still relevant today.
Le Menteur (The Liar)
A production of Théâtre français de Toronto
Written by Pierre Corneille | Director Joël Beddows
In French (with English surtitles): Until April 22, 2018
Berkeley Street Theatre – Upstairs
Tickets: $25-$49; PWYC Tues & Wed | avail online
*Photos by Marc Lemyre.