Review: Lucas' 'The Lying Lesson' a gentle comedy

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 13, 2013 at 7:32 pm •  Published: March 13, 2013

Minnie is unfazed by Ruth's bristly sense of humor, and the pair share confidences while Ruth reminisces about a childhood stay in town with her family. They discover many details of their lives are similar, except where, as Ruth wryly intones at a horrifying revelation by Minnie, "Here our stories diverge."

With a credible Maine accent, Sumner gives a coltish energy and appeal to Minnie, who appears to be a pleasant, unpolished young woman stuck in a bad marriage. However, Ruth discovers that her sometimes evasive new acquaintance is hiding some secrets, and she plans to turn the tables on her erstwhile helper.

Lucas surely had fun incorporating details of real-life stories and famous comments made by Davis, as well as lines from some of her films. He even has Ruth say jokingly, "I have Bette Davis eyes." For those who missed the 1980s, that's a comical reference to a Grammy-winning song called, "She's Got Bette Davis Eyes."

As for who is actually lying, let Ruth have the definitive answer: "An artist must keep some secrets to herself."