The Westport Country Playhouse's new season -- the theater's 85th -- opens next month with a production of the comedy, "The Liar."

The local production, an adaptation by David Ives of Pierre Corneille's classic comedy, will be staged May 5-23. It is directed by Penny Metropulos.

"I laughed out loud just reading it," Mark Lamos, the playhouse artistic director, said in a release publicizing the production. "The leading man in `The Liar' lives up to his name flagrantly, with dazzling flair and eloquence, causing no real harm to anyone -- and we can't help but love him for it."

Aaron Krohn portrays Dorante, the title character in the play. Krohn was in Broadway's recent revival of "Cabaret," as well as "The Farnsworth Invention," "The Coast of Utopia" and "The Invention of Love."

The cast also includes: Monique Barbee as Lucrece, Philippe Bowgen as Alcippe and Rebekah Brockman in the dual role of Isabelle/Sabine.

"The Liar" will be performed Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Single tickets start at $30.

For more information or tickets, call the box office at 203-227-4177, visit the playhouse box office, 25 Powers Court, or online at www.westportplayhouse.org.