Thursdays – Saturdays, July 14 – 30
All performances at 7:30 PM
$21 online/$24 at the door
All performances at 7:30 PM. $10 student rush tickets available 15 minutes before curtain with valid I.D.
Capital Liar, a world premiere noir comedy by local playwright Peter Lundblad, brings the style of classic, madcap Hollywood comedies to the Asheville stage. Set in Washington, D.C., in the late 1950s, Capital Liar concerns Sylvester “Sly” Goodwin, a man who will do anything to keep his tabloid newspaper, The Capital Liar, financially solvent. But money turns out to be the least of his problems. When a notorious gangster, a femme fatale actress, a misguided FBI agent, and a hard-charging reporter for the Washington Post take an interest in him and his paper, Sly must face the ineffable truth: survival frequently requires a good lie.
Playwright Lundblad says, “Capital Liar seems to be the natural conclusion of enjoying film noir detective stories, historical fiction, and screwball comedies.” He adds, “Humor is something I just can’t seem to shake,” which will be no surprise to audience members who have flocked to The Magnetic’s annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectaculars over the years, since Peter is one of the writers for that comedy juggernaut. He’s also a member of local improv troupe No Regets and has appeared as an actor with The Magnetic in Pinocchio, The Caro Savanti Experience, and Tartuffe. His comic one-act, “Fifty-Five Ninety-Nine,” is part of The Magnetic’s current Brief Encounters 2016. Capital Liar will be his first-produced full-length play.
Director Rodney Smith shares Lundblad’s taste in film and humor. “I have a passion for comedy films of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, and I have dreamed for years of directing The Front Page for the stage,” Smith says. “So, when I saw Peter’s treatment for this play, I knew I had to be part of bringing this project to life.” Smith is no stranger to The Magnetic, having appeared onstage in The Last Laugh and Evening the Score, directed for Brief Encounters, and also contributed writing to the Bernsteins. Best-known locally as a photographer, he has also worked with the Montford Park players and Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective, for which he starred in Neighbors and directed his own, award-winning play, Table 6.