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In a remote seaside village in Maine, legendary film star Bette Davis shows up to buy the home of an elderly couple. When she encounters a young local woman who appears never to have heard of her, “Ruth Elizabeth” stakes a claim on her distant past and plays a relentless game of cat and mouse with her new “assistant.”

This show is closed.

Performances ended on Mar. 31, 2013.

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About The Lying Lesson on Broadway

Previews: Feb 20, 2013 • Opening: Mar 13, 2013 • Closing: Mar 31, 2013
Off-Broadway Plays Comedy
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Atlantic Theater Company
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New York, NY 10011


What Is the Story of The Lying Lesson?
The Lying Lesson takes place in a coastal town in Maine in 1981. Legendary film star Bette Davis arrives at a small cottage she intends to purchase for retirement. During her first night there, she runs into local Missy Bodine. The two strike up a friendship, and Davis allows herself to become dependent on the down-on-her-luck, awkward young gal; that is until Davis realizes Missy is not who claims to be. As more time passes and more information comes to light, the audience is left wondering: who exactly is lying to whom.

Cast & Creative


Bette Davis
Mickey Sumner
Missy Bodine


Written by
Craig Lucas
Pam MacKinnon
Set Designer
Neil Patel
Costume Designer
Ilona Somogyi
Lighting Designer
Russell H. Champa
Original Music and Sound Designer
Broken Chord
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