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Tim Conway

Truth is, 'Liar' is outstanding at Colonial Players

Colonial Players' current production of the 17th-century French comedy "The Liar" offers an ideal pairing of play and venue in historic Annapolis.

Four-hundred-year-old jokes never sounded so good, and the reaction of capacity audiences in the recent opening weekend prove that humor is timeless.

David Ives' fanciful farce adaptation of French playwright Pierre Corneille's "The Liar" — written in 1643 — retains the original's rhythm of dialogue. Yet while the characters and story were created 400 years ago, the language is contemporary in Ives' 2010 adaptation.

"The Liar" is filled with mistaken identities, dreadful puns and the absurdities...