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Venus in Fur (play)

'The Liar' Presents A Fabulous Fabulist

'The Liar' Presents A Fabulous Fabulist

The show: "The Liar" at Westport Country Playhouse.

What makes it special? David Ives' adaptation of Pierre Corneille's 17th-century comedy.

First impressions: Manipulating language is what David Ives ("Venus in Fur," All in the Timing," "Lives of the Saints") does best, and here he has great fun with Corneille's 1643 comedy about a man who fabricates stories in pursuit of romance — but mainly it's just in his nature to fictionalize, well, everything.

In the Westport Playhouse production, Ives' words and wit are playfully presented by a cast that is a constant delight under...