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In Florian Zeller's The Lie, a companion piece to his earlier play The Truth, Michel and Laurence are coming for dinner. But Alice has spotted Michel kissing another woman that very afternoon, leaving her with a dilemma. Her husband Paul believes it is better to behave as if nothing has happened; Alice is far from sure. An argument ensues and as their own relationship is h ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published September 21st 2017 by Faber Faber
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Yes, 'The Lie' is a delightfully light and funny play about two couples who are friends. Throughout they discuss whether married couples should lie to each other about affairs to prevent hurt or be brazen and come out with it. In the process the tangle of whether they may or may not have had or be having affairs with each other goes round and round in its merry circle. Is each one lying or telling the truth? Personally, I found this somewhat old ground and a shadow of Zeller's earlier and much w ...more
In retrospect, it was probably a mistake to read this back to back with its companion piece, 'The Truth', since not only is the subject matter the same (infidelity, and the accompanying untruths around such), as well as the basic structure ... but the characters have the same names, although it is clear these are NOT meant to be the same people (since they have different occupations and partners). So it was a bit confusing and disconcerting to have to realign allegiances initially, but the fact ...more
Florian Zeller is a French novelist and playwright. His work has been translated into a dozen languages, including English. He won the Prix Interallié in 2004 for his novel "Fascination of Evil" ("La Fascination du Pire").