‘The Liar,’ a French Farce, up next at By the Sea Productions


MORRO BAY Paris 1643 is the setting for the summer show, “The Liar,” at By the Sea Productions in Morro Bay. This laugh-out-loud comedy features Dorante, who cannot tell the truth, and Cliton, who cannot tell a lie. Their hilarious misadventures, complete with mistaken identities, misplaced affections, and outrageous confusion are all, of course, resolved in the happy ending.

The play, a French farce written by Pierre Corneille and adapted by David Ives, is being directed by Chrys Barnes, who directed last summer’s By the Sea show ‘The Murder Room.’ “The farce genre is great entertainment,” says Chrys, “because it takes us out of reality into silliness and absurdity and lets us laugh at ourselves and the world for a while.”

The cast assembled to generate that laughter includes Larry Barnes, Christopher Blicha, Ed Cardoza, Nik Coffey, Travis Horton, Deirdre Loy, Jean Miller and Bailey Satterfield.

“The Liar” plays July 5 through July 28, with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m., at 545 Shasta Ave., Morro Bay. Reservations and tickets are available online at bytheseaproductions.org or call 805-776-3287.

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