How do you know a play is going to be a hit?
When its run is extended before the show even opens. Which means that Lantern Theater’s production of David Ives The Liar is destined for hitdom, as early demand for tickets caused the play’s run to be extended well in advance of its November 1 opening.
What’s the big deal? For starters; the playwright David Ives. He’s much acclaimed for comedies, as well as provocative works such as Venus In Fur, which had a strong run on Broadway this past spring, and New Jerusalem, which enjoyed two highly successful runs at Lantern in the fall of 2011 and fall of 2012.
Suffice to say, Ives is a popular presence on Philadelphia stages.
Ives’ The Liar is an updated adaptation of a 1664 French comedy classic by Pierre Corneille. Rife with naughty humor, it concerns a charming male pathological liar who falls for a girl, after which complications and copious social satire ensue.
The Liar was originally written in rhymed couplets and Ives maintained the iambic pentameter, though this is not a faithful adaptation — the playwright shuffled and changed certain things to make the production more palatable to modern audiences. So, that makes this an update of a classic that’s a surefire hit.
Tickets are available online.
Lantern Theater Company Presents The Liar
Through December 2 Extended through December 9!
Where: St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th & Ludlow Streets
More info: www.lanterntheater.org