Ah, the games lovers play.

Christopher Hampton’s “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” which opened this weekend at the Warehouse Theatre, puts on display some exquisitely twisted games played by a couple of very devilish characters, both of whom delight in using sex as a weapon.

Miranda Barnett, always striking and here particularly so, stars as La Marquise de Merteuil. A heartless French noblewoman, La Marquise believes that love is something you use, not something you fall into. Her former lover Le Vicomte de Valmont (a slyly mannered Paul Savas) both conspires with and competes against her in a game of revenge and desire. The pawns in their wicked game include the innocent Cecile (Giulia Marie Dalbec) and La Presidente de Tourvel (Debra Capps) whose “beauty is the least of her qualities.”

Director Matthew Earnest quite literally stages the show as a heightened pageant, beautifully cast and riveting to watch. Earnest also plays with the “innate duplicity” of the characters by exploring their inherent duality.

Read more of this Greenville News review by Neil Shurley HERE.

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