Note: Entire Contents Copyright 2017 by Tony Annicone
Alan always does a splendid job directing various shows at URI and this is one more feather in his cap. As one of the characters in the show says the school of lies is society. I don't want to give too much away to spoil it for the audience. There are many twists and turns in the show. The outspoken Frank is wonderfully played by Raymond Fournier. Frank is a pompous, know it all that lords it over the other citizens of Paris with his officious behavior. Raymond plays this role tongue in cheek and takes the audience on a merry ride with his huge amount of dialogue. Catia plays the seductress Celimene beautifully. She believes Frank's connections with the royal family will help her escape from the slander charges. Her interactions with the other characters are topnotch and she does an insulting rap to Frank at the start of the show.
Frank's friend Philinte tells a fib to Celimene about Frank because he told a lie about him. Kyle Coutre is splendid as this over the top character. He delivers his many comic lines winning many laughs. Kyle has a surprise role near the end of the show that has to be seen to be believed.. He has a crush on Eliante, the cousin of Celimene. Eliante has her eye on Frank for his supposedly righteous behavior. Will Philinte win the heart of Eliante or not. Eliante is played by the gorgeous Katherine Templeton. She makes Eliante into an innocent creature that gets caught up in sexual escapades and has a funny scene trying to seduce Frank near the end of the first act. The three suitors are marvelously played by Lauren Wade as Oronte, the terrible poet, who has a purple wart on his nose and sues Frank for libel, John Thomas Cunha as Clitander, the constantly grinning and overbearing suitor who constantly gets called Clitoris and J. Edward Clarke as Acaste, the dumbest one of the bunch who has a lisp. Their pursuit of Celimene is hilarious. Her best friend Arsinoe who is a spiteful prudish bitch is played by Daria-Lyric Montaquila who tries to blackmail Celimene with stolen letters. The running canape joke throughout the show is hilarious as they are continually knocked over and around the stage. Erik Schlicht plays the servant, Dubois who gets abused by the others and Magenta Kolakowski is the maid who continually cleans up the mess. So for a fabulous entertaining farce, be sure to catch "The School for Lies" at URI before time runs out. Tell them Tony sent you.