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The Liar

Masque Alfresco returns for its eighth Summer Park Tour with free public performances of Goldoni’s The Liar. This is a wonderfully slapstick commedia dell’arte farce involving two sets of star-crossed lovers, out-of-touch pompous old men, free-wheeling servants, plus a comedic central character who invents over-the-top stories, when the simple truth will do. Lelio, the Liar simply will not tell the truth even when his life and future
depend on it. Sounds familiar? But Goldoni was writing comedies in the 18th century – long before Jim Carrey or politicians “borrowed” his ideas. This summer we feature two women in the traditional geezer roles of Dottore and Pantalone, as a way of honoring outstanding female talent in Portland. Masque Alfresco uses commedia slapstick comedy and improvisation techniques, but will update The Liar with contemporary social/political references. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, and your funny bones. We are family friendly – children and leashed pets are always welcome!