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Martin Shell brings “The Liar” to SC

lairBy Kathleen Morris

Everyone lies. Whether it be tiny white lies, or monstrous lies in vivid technicolor, lying seems to be an aspect of everyday life. Here at Springfield College’s Fuller Arts Center, The Liar, a comedic play that follows the hilarious misadventures of a young man who does nothing but lie, will be performed this weekend. The director of this production, Martin Shell, offered some insight regarding this upcoming performance.

This play is meant to be a source of relief. Shell talked about his criteria for choosing plays, listing good structure, interesting language and a relevant plot as some essential features. With this particular play he explained that he was also looking for something that could be “a kind of escape from all the tension and anxiety that people have been feeling” from the recent election season. At first he had considered going in a more political direction, but explained that he decided that this comedy would be more welcomed following the less this stellar election season.

The Liar will surely be well-received by everyone who attends, largely due to the dedication of the cast. The cast members, made up of students, professors and people from the community, have really gotten into their characters.

“Each actor characterizes that unique person.” Shell noted. “There are two young women in the story who are best friends. One is bold and outgoing and likes to flirt with guys. The other one is just as interested in fun but she’s more reserved. The actresses learn their roles and see what kind of journey their character is on and they bring that part of themselves to the character. And David Ryskowski, who’s playing Dorante (the main character), really enjoys playing comedic roles. He’s bringing his own sense of playfulness and sense of humor to the part.”

The cast also put a lot of focus into nailing down the musical aspect of the play’s dialogue. According to Shell, this play was adapted by Ives from a play by the French playwright Pierre Corneille. The original, of course, was written in French and in rhyming verse, so Ives’ rendition is in verse as well, which along with its rhyme, adds to the energetic tone of the play. The cast has worked to adapt and embrace that style of performing.

The Liar, as Shell put it, is “witty, clever, and for all crowds.” This is reason enough to come out to see it. It should also be noted that there are a few unexpected twists and turns that will come as a surprise. When asked about them, Shell remained tight-lipped, saying that the only way to find out what happens is to come and see the show. As one of his favorite quotes from the play goes, “The unimagined life is not worth living.” To apply it to this play: A weekend spent not coming out to see The Liar is not a weekend worth having.

The Liar has performances this Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8p.m., and on Sunday at 2p.m. The suggested donation is $5.00 for the public and $2.00 for students and seniors. Be sure to include this on your to do list for this weekend!



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