Annette Bening and Mark Harelik Join Forces for Dear Liar | Playbill

News Annette Bening and Mark Harelik Join Forces for Dear Liar The reading will be held at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater.
Annette Bening
San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) will present a one-night-only reading of Jerome Kilty’s Dear Liar October 2 at 7 PM at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater.

The evening will feature Academy Award nominee Annette Bening and Broadway's Mark Harelik. Nancy Carlin will direct.

Dear Liar, according to press notes, is “based on letters exchanged between playwright George Bernard Shaw and his leading lady, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, as they sparred across stage and stationery over a staggering period of 40 years. Witty, wistful, and surprising, Dear Liar is an evergreen delight with an A.C.T. pedigree—not only did it appear in 1967, but it was also produced in 1982.”

Says A.C.T. artistic director Carey Perloff: “The first season at A.C.T. included a delicious epistolary play by Jerome Kilty featuring the letters of George Bernard Shaw and his sometime muse and great actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell. To kick off the series of special events associated with our 50th anniversary season, we asked beloved A.C.T. alums Annette Bening and Mark Harelik to return to the Geary stage to perform this wonderful piece, in a reading directed by fellow alum Nancy Carlin. This is the first of many exciting evenings in honor of A.C.T.'s history and in celebration of its future.”

Tickets for Dear Liar can be reserved by invite only, but A.C.T. will be giving away 25 pairs of tickets to this one-night-only special event. Visit to enter the giveaway.

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