With brand-new storytellers sharing their perfectly plausible (or completely unbelievable!) life adventures each night, showrunner and emcee Layla McCay throws out the following challenge to the audience: can you spot the liar?
What liar, you may ask? Well herein lies the wonderfully simple and agonizingly deceptive premise of Perfect Liars Club. Four people are going to tell you a different story. All are engaging but only three of them are true. Your job is to listen, laugh, suspect, interrogate the storytellers, and then vote for who you think is the fraud of the bunch.
So, dear Fringe goers, feel like playing Sherlock Holmes?
Interactive/audience participation in theater seems to be on the rise lately, especially here in DC with the likes of dog & pony dc, and the wonderfully mischievous storytellers of the night take full advantage of this interactive dynamic.
The opening night storytellers Cara Foran, Pedro Alcocer, Kevin Boggs, and Pierce McManus all had their own personal experiences to share, ranging from African safaris to Elvis concerts and a horrible prom night, but each had a deft touch of playing off the audience and keeping us guessing who the liar might be.
Perfect Liars Club
at Main Stage – Goethe Institut
812 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Details and tickets
Now, you would think that audience members might be a little hesitant at first to start asking questions as they try to pick apart each story, but that isn’t the case last night! A stream of questions quickly became a deluge on the storytellers, with some audience members asking multiple questions of one person to try to catch them off guard, but these potential liars are good!
Layla McCay has easily provided the wonks of Washington DC with one of the most fun and intellectually stimulating events of the festival with Perfect Liars Club, and even includes the added bonus of prizes if you vote correctly.
So, eager to get sleuthing? There are only three more performances taking place in the comfortable and air-conditioned Main Stage of the Goethe Institute, so get your tickets and bring your A-game for this engaging and fun night of interrogation!
Note: In case you get addicted to the game, the Perfect Liars Club will continue meeting, starting September 1st at the Science Club. Tickets go on sale Aug 5; each ‘meeting’ sells out quickly.