DEAR LIAR - An Off the Shelf reading

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Tacoma Little Theatre presents the delightful, Dear Liar, directed by Martin Larson.  This production will take place on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:30pm.

Dear Liar essentially dramatizes the romance of famous Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw and Mrs Patrick Campbell, a popular English stage actress of the 1900s. Based on their written correspondence over a staggering period of 40 years, the play recreates the intriguing relationship they shared, personally, as well as professionally.

The play unfolds through a reading of secret letters, exchanged by Shaw (Tim Hoban) and Campbell (Casi Wilkerson) and reveals a volatile yet tender love affair, much like AR Gurney's Love Letters. While the love story is the main premise of this play, what's interesting is that it also gives you a peak of life back then. For theatre aficionados, this drama is a treat, as it transports you back to the 19th and 20th centuries, giving a taste of English and American society — how Shaw got Campbell to star as Eliza Doolittle in his Pygmalion, the way he terrorized her during play rehearsals or Campbell's silly indulgences with her white Pekingese, Moonbeam! You witness many fascinating, behind-the-scenes tidbits. There are funny and endearing parts in the play, like when Campbell grudgingly rehearses for the part of Doolittle in her cockney accent, as Shaw keeps crossly interjecting. And there are emotional scenes too, like when they exchange letters about Campbell's son, who is killed in the war and Shaw's narration of his mother's funeral and cremation.

Tickets for the March 15, 2018 performance at 7:30pm are $10.00 for non TLT Members, and FREE for those who are members. Tickets may be purchased online at, or by calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281.


We know that there is a tremendous amount of wonderful theatre that deserves to be heard but sometimes just doesn’t get an opportunity. With “Off the Shelf”, local directors and actors will be bringing some scripts to life that we hope you will find entertaining, challenging and educational to our stage. We hope that you’ll sit back and enjoy an evening of theatre. You never know, you might see one of these shows on our mainstage in the future.