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Le Menteur ()

Produced by

Théâtre Français de Toronto

Playwright: Pierre Corneille
Director: Joël Beddows


The Berkeley Street Theatre – Upstairs Theatre


April 11th, 2018 – April 22nd, 2018


New to Paris, young Dorante is immediately lifted into a world of gallantry and prestige. Intoxicated by this new environment, he invents a fictitious identity. But a misunderstanding about two young women’s names, Lucrèce and Clarice, together with his father’s wish that he marry one of the two, leads to a tangled web, in which truth and lies are lost in fantasy. A baroque comedy by Corneille, Le Menteur invites us to reflect on the role truth and lies play in social interactions. Through its misunderstandings, the play highlights the strange peculiarities of the young Parisians living in the golden era of the 17th century. With humour and subtlety, this timeless classic offers lively language of rare virtuosity. (


Nico Racicot Dorante
Shiong-En Chan Lucrèce
Alexandre Côté Alcippe
Valérie Descheneaux Clarice
François Macdonald Cliton
Inka Malovic Isabelle / Sabine
Guy Mignault Géronte
Nabil Traboulsi Philiste

Creative Team

Pierre Corneille Playwright
Joël Beddows Director
Melanie McNeill Set
Melanie McNeill Costumes
Melanie McNeill Props
Chantal Labonté Lighting Designer
Ben Gibson Sound
James Bolton Costume Design Assistant
Emily Butters Stage and Accessories Design Assistant


Melanie Hall Stage Manager
Natalie Gisèle Production Manager
Nina Okens Surtitles Creation and Operation
Marc Lemyre Photography


Yunier Alvarez Peñate Venue Technician