Friday, February 3, 2012, 04:30 PM - Posted by Harris
Here's some great news on a Friday: The Liar Show, which is coming to the Emelin in barely more than a week, has just gotten an amazing write-up in the New York Times. Rachel Lee Harris, the paper's "Weekend Miser," writes:
“The Liar Show” is Mr. Christie’s way of keeping alive his father’s love of what he calls “artistic storytelling.” A riff on a game of whodunit, the show features four performers. Each tells a story; only one is lying. Audience members are then encouraged to ask probing questions to flush out the culprit.
“That’s my favorite part of the show: the interrogation,” Mr. Christie said, as he laughed. “Sometimes it gets really heated. And the performers can even sometimes get a little resentful that they’re being doubted. One guy told a fairly heavy, serious story about finding out that his father was not really his father. During the interrogation, he got really defensive. He was even a little weepy. But at the end, he was lying.”
The show closes with a satisfying reveal, usually followed by a huge cheer from the audience members who guessed correctly and a lot of fist pumping and howling, Mr. Christie said, “way out of proportion to the free T-shirt they just won.” But everybody wants to be the one to ask the killer question, including this Miser.
…They can lie to me all night long!
Needless to say, we're delighted whenever an upcoming show at the Emelin gets a review this good. But it's especially exciting because The Liar Show is just so much fun, and its creator, Andy Christie, is such a character. Here's more from the article:
You could say that lying runs in Andy Christie’s family.
“My father was sort of a classic liar,” said Mr. Christie, a writer, illustrator and founder and host of “The Liar Show” at the Cornelia Street Café. His father, a Scottish soldier, and his mother, a Yugoslavian refugee, met during World War II.
“She was this big, imposing farm girl, and he was this 5-foot, 6-inch Scottish private, so he got next to her by lying a lot,” Mr. Christie said. “He made up stories. …She had a twin brother who had died when he was a baby, and my father told her that he had a brother who had died too. …I think he wanted things to be a little more colorful."
"More colorful." "Artistic storytelling." That's one way to put it! You can see The Liar Show here, on Saturday, February 11 @ 8 pm, for $27.
Actually, "see" is the wrong word, given that your ticket also gives you the right to ask questions, demand answers, accuse the actors, make your best guess, and find out which one wasn't making it all up.
Grab this chance to hear 3 true stories and 1 pack of lies by New York's fastest talkers. Join us, and come see more in the Emelin Theatre Series in 2012!
Buy tickets online here, call the Emelin box office at 914.698.0098 or get them in person: 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, NY 10543.