When: Thu., April 14, 7:30 p.m., Fri., April 15, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., April 16, 2 & 7:30 p.m. 2016
Dorante meets a pair of women in Paris, as one does, and decides to court one of them — the beautiful Lucrece. Unfortunately for him, he conflated the two ladies' names; Lucrece is actually named Clarice, and the woman he believes is Clarice is in fact Lucrece. It's a problem that might be easily solved, except that Dorante's father has chosen a bride for him — the beautiful Clarice (who, you may recall, is the woman Dorante fancies under the misapprehension that she's named Lucrece). Dorante undercuts dad by doing what comes naturally: He lies and claims he is already married. Dorante continues to lie until his untruths pile up as precariously as a late-stage Jenga game, and it is his butler, Cliton, who becomes the greatest threat to Dorante's plan — for Cliton always tells the truth. The Lindenwood University Theatre program presents David Ives' adaptation of Pierre Corneille's seventeenth-century comedy The Liar at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday (April 14 to 16) at Lindenwood University's J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts (2300 West Clay Street; 636-949-4433). Tickets are $8 to $10.