The Lying Kind

The Lying Kind

by Anthony Neilson; directed by Geoffrey Kent

December 4–21, 2014

Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

It’s Christmas Eve and two constables must tell an elderly couple their daughter has been killed in a motor accident. That’s an unlikely start for a holiday farce, but so it goes. The Lying Kind is full of bad news and good cheer—it’s the warmest black comedy THEATREWORKS has ever produced.

Anthony Neilson’s play premiered during the 2002 holiday season at the Royal Court in London, a theatre world famous for creating adventurous new drama. The Lying Kind makes farce out of truly un-funny material and succeeds brilliantly. The two English constables are so kind-hearted they can’t get round to telling the nice old couple exactly what’s happened. The mother has dementia; the father has a weak heart. Complications ensue. Other characters appear, including a huntress of pedophiles. There’s a Chihuahua. Very soon the two officers are completely over their heads; their difficulties and confusion are compounding by the second. We’re not in London anymore—we’re in the land of simple merriment and pure farce. Will it end happily after everything goes horribly wrong? Well of course—mostly.

This production is generously sponsored by the Bob Johnson Memorial Fund.


  • Sammie Joe KinnettGobbel
  • Steven Cole HughesBlunt
  • Emma MessengerGronya
  • Billie McBrideGarson
  • John Windsor-CunninghamBalthasar
  • Julian BucknallReverend Shandy
  • Autumn SilvasCarole

Artistic Team

  • Geoffrey KentDirector
  • Tim MuldrewStage Manager
  • Jonathan WentzScenic Design
  • Alex RuhlinSound Design
  • Matthew AdelsonLighting Design
  • Amy HainesCostume Design
  • Roy BallardProps Manager
  • Elise JenkinsAssistant Stage Manager