What's it about?
Dorante has fallen in love with Clarice, a witty and beautiful girl, but ends up marrying another woman, Lucrece, who is shy and sweet. Follow these characters on this tale about men and women who thrive on drama, lying, cheating and keeping secrets from one another.
What I experienced?
On the day I was set to watch The Liar, I had planned out my day accordingly. Knowing I had things to do and things to accomplish, I set up an hour by hour plan so my mind and body wouldn’t wander. But me being me, the plan caused me a great deal of grief.
That morning I had woken up at 6:30 am to go to a tutoring job that ends at noon. I had told myself that I would go straight to the city so I wouldn’t have to rush. I hopped onto the train and thought, "why is the 7 train so packed?" My curiosity faded once I passed out on the train among a whole gathering of people, I didn’t notice they were holding signs. This spontaneous nap caused me to miss my stop, so when I woke up I saw a mass of people leaving at grand central station and without even thinking I left with them.
It was only after the train had left the station did my jet-lagged mind realize that I was right in the middle of the Women’s March. Swarms of people came from the left and right. Going up the stairs took me a solid 20 minutes, and then there I was. A small little person in the midst of a whole protest. I had looked at my watch and saw it was only 1:00pm, I breathed a sigh of relief and decided, why not just march and protest amongst my fellow women and men until 2:00pm?
And that is what I did.
Fast forward to 2:30pm and I’m still protesting, only to realize how incredibly screwed I was about 10 minutes after. I gathered my things and made my way out of the throng of people and power walked/ran toward 13th street (where the theater is). I ran about 2.5 miles to the theater in 30 minutes, only being 10 minutes late. Writing this now I give myself a pat on the back because go me! I hate cardio but I still did it.
I find it really funny how in the show the women had these big elaborate plans to find someone, marry them, and live happily ever after, only to have their plans ruined by those around them. I couldn’t help not only laughing but also thinking “Dorante is the dumbest man on the planet.” He literally ruined so many people by refusing to tell the truth out of pride and stupidity.
As I was watching the show still huffing and puffing from the run, I found the juxtaposition between the play and my own life amusing. I had pristine plans stating what to wear, where to go and when to go, when to eat, and when to go home. But instead life did what life does best and ruined my plans and made me go on this wild adventure that I don’t regret.
Of course I didn’t have a Dorante to change my plans directly but in some ways life in general is Dorante. A charming person who just causes a lot of trouble to everyone.