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Clever Little Lies

From 37 critic and 82 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Delightful

About the show

Emmy, Grammy & Golden Globe Award winner Marlo Thomas returns in a new comedy by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro about love, family and the secrets we keep. More…

A mother always knows when something is wrong. When Alice (Thomas) notices her beloved husband Bill has returned home on edge after a tennis match with their son, she grows suspicious and springs into action. Determined to piece together the puzzle, she invites her son and daughter-in-law over for drinks and dessert. Sidesplitting chaos ensues as Alice digs for the truth, resulting in even more honesty than anyone expected. A story of long-term love and marriage… for better…and for worse.

1h 30m | Already closed | Westside Theatre Upstairs (Midtown W)

Reflections in the Light

"It has been a while since I have laughed all the way through a show. Somewhere in between we also discover some serious themes about relationships, marriage and the importance of working at them. It’s funny, tender and satisfying... This show is an enjoyable 90-minute, no-intermission romp. And that’s no clever little lie." Full Review

LA Splash

"Terrific belly laugh of a show...There are lots of laughs, as one person's problem becomes a bit complicated and from there all breaks loose as we experience what 'should have been' a nice night with family and turns out to be a future sitcom...What actually is the truth that ultimately comes out? I'd rather not spoil it. It's funny, sad and thought-provoking. DiPietro has it down perfectly." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"This 90-minute, no-intermission show will not only make you burst into laughter (some audience members were laughing after every line), but will allow you a window into the compromises we all make and the humanity it takes to make them. With a strong cast and humorous script, 'Clever Little Lies' tells a simple story with touching message. It's well worth your time." Full Review

Broadway Blog

"'Clever Little Lies' is a comedy of the crisply-paced, well-made, sit-com variety that used to appear in New York almost every year. It’s lovingly directed, elegantly designed, nicely cast, includes a popular star (the redoubtable Marlo Thomas), comes well stocked with zingers, makes room for pathos, and offers the kind of amusing postprandial entertainment tired businessmen and their wives (or mistresses) always used to flock to. It was my guilty theatre pleasure of the week." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"What is that sixth sense that women possess that tells them something’s going on? It couldn’t be more in tune than in this hilarious new comedy by Joe DiPietro...Director David Saint drives the humor to propitious proportions with this talented case of four in 90 minutes with no intermission." Full Review

The Huffington Post

"In 'Clever Little Lies' every line hits hard. Playwright Joe DiPietro has no mercy as he portrays a cheating husband whose child-obsessed wife coddles her baby with the new-age spirit and energy that make parents dreadful company these days...DiPietro's wit bleeds from his pen, and despite the fact that adultery is in the spotlight, most of the play forces you to guffaw until your lungs hurt and you're battling for a gasp of air." Full Review

Motherhood Later

"Playwright Joe DiPetro, is as skilled at writing humor as he is at tugging at your heartstrings. And, this is true of the engaging cast as well... Touching on themes of aging, marital strife, infidelity and career uncertainty, 'Clever Little Lies,' directed by David Saint, is 90 minutes of heart and humor neatly tied up…..or perhaps not… and we are left to ponder that." Full Review

Showbiz 411

"'Clever Little Lies' is quite clever in that it’s based on a twist and a little bit of a mind game that you don’t expect...There will be a threat of moving 'Clever Little Lies' to a Broadway house. But I hope not. It’s a little comedy gem that can run forever." Full Review

Theater Life

"Marlo Thomas shines in 'Clever Little Lies,' a delightful new comedy...The beautifully written tale is a witty and brisk story with a few bittersweet surprises...The actors turn in charming performances with marvelous chemistry and timing." Full Review


"Director David Saint makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts...Writer DiPietro' s structure may be conventional, but its execution is flawless. Plot developments follow each other like links in a chain, liberally greased with humor to move them along. It combines humorous fluff with substantial emotion. Its seemingly opposing aspects don't diminish each other. In fact, they complement each other. Not an easy thing to pull off." Full Review


"The physical comedy is subtle and effective, but is over-the-top in just enough places to keep the laughter going continuously. Though one can hardly call the comedy of 'Clever Little Lies' 'smart'—it is more vulgar than anything—Saint employs many different tactics to elicit laughs from his audience...'Clever Little Lies' is a light-hearted romp which keeps the audience in stitches." Full Review


"If you have been craving to see a play that harkens back to the good ole days of the mid 1960’s, look no further. The reverberations of Neil Simon hang heavy over the Westside Theatre on 43rd street...for a certain percentage of its elderly audience it will feel like manna from heaven. Fifty years ago this play would have been a huge hit, today’s theatrical climate with patrons clutching their cell phones in the dark is another matter. You can go back home, but it looks and feels more like a... Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

"While some of the plot devices seem dated and a few snippets of dialogue come off as laboriously glib, it succeeds in creating an overall nostalgic tone. Thursday night’s performance was warmly received by its audience, as evidenced by several robust laughs and rounds of enthusiastic applause...In its best moments, 'Clever Little Lies' sheds light with humor and heart on the truths that surround ideals of love and commitment." Full Review

The Wrap

"The most shocking thing about Joe DiPietro’s 'Clever Little Lies' is that here’s a new comedy with no shock value. DiPietro is so clean that it’s refreshing..He’s at his best when keeping us in the dark about whether the tale being told is real or one big ballsy lie." Full Review


"'Clever Little Lies' is nothing if not well-crafted...'Clever Little Lies' exists in that dreamscape of First World problems in which no issue is more pressing than the preservation of family under threat from a limber lover. It’s M&Ms, a guilty pleasure." Full Review

Edge New York

"Production values are high... It's a little too easy to mock DiPietro's shallow, self-involved people, but he does an admirable job of finding layers in characters who initially seem thoroughly uninteresting. Like it or not, many of us will recognize ourselves, even if we wish we didn't. " Full Review


"Likeable, but never uproarious as a comedy, the shift in tone is at first confusing and eventually a let-down, though Thomas and Mullavey play the piece with warmth, chemistry and dry playfulness. Merrick and Wetherhead are both fine in roles that are generally regulated to playing straight for the company's senior members. Director David Saint's production is slick and energetic but 'Clever Little Lies' can use more cleverness to keep the evening from just laying there." Full Review

The New York Times

"While it feels like a throwback to Broadway comedies of the 1960s, this is a new play...Ms. Thomas gives an enjoyable, mildly touching performance as Alice...The rest of the cast is also fine...Good old-fashioned comfort food for theatergoers who prefer entertainment that caters to their long-established tastes, plays that offer a blend of comedy and sentiment, with maybe just a hint of a sting." Full Review


"Marlo hasn’t left her wide-eyed sitcom sensibility far behind, meaning that the audience can anticipate the punchlines long before she delivers them. Director David Saint does his best to make these genial but obviously stock characters likeable, primarily by astute casting." Full Review


"For much of its 90 minutes, 'Clever Little Lies,' plays like an old-fashioned comedy for the Social Security set. One of those comforting plays that promises easily soluble problems...I don't think the twain of broad comedy and mournful sentimentality ever meet, dramatically speaking. The play's closing image, though, is quite touching, suggesting in a picture the ups and downs of marital life much more vividly than did the many words that preceded it." Full Review


"The scenario is rife with theatrical potential — both dramatic and comedic — but neither DiPietro's dialogue nor David Saint's direction lend the play any distinct theatricality. The stage seems to be more of a hurdle than a comfortable home for the play, whose evenly spaced quips and literal environment seem better suited for a sitcom than a staged production... The sense underlying the play is a world of sitcom where punch lines are a beat away and stakes don't truly exist. " Full Review

New York Magazine / Vulture

"Not an ounce of this is believable, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be entertaining.a lot of the audience spent most of the play’s 90 minutes anticipating and roaring. As I sat there stone-faced, I could only conclude that this was because they found tickly what felt to me like the onset of eczema...It’s pro forma, not passionate, offering at best the pleasure of familiarity. Perhaps in sitcom-ish plays like this, the 'com' part of the word means 'comfy.'” Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"DiPietro is so derivative of the form that he's innovated little and added nothing except time, which is the least useful commodity here...Only Thomas truly gets that 'Clever Little Lies' is disposable and forgettable and treats it accordingly...Thomas doesn't create lasting fireworks — but at least it's something." Full Review

Time Out New York

"The whole affair plays out like an R-rated family sitcom, with hoary humor and a generic style—the handsome but hollow design elements do nothing to enhance these 2D characters. Toward the end, there's a jarring turn toward pathos, and though this is David Saint's third time directing the material, he's unable to smoothly navigate the improbable tone shift." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

"It's all in the service of a distinctly rickety vehicle, a labored family-trauma piece that consistently settles for the laziest, easiest jokes until it takes on a totally unearned seriousness. DiPietro's play is filled with lies, but very, very few of them are clever." Full Review

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

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Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, "that girl" is really something!

See it if you like Marlo Thomas and her funny quick wit! I smiled and laughed throughout the whole show. She was very entertaining and engaging!

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Clever, Delightful, Funny

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Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

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Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

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Clever, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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See it if you want to laugh. this is top three funnies shows I have ever seen. I almost didn't go because I usually don't like it when big stars are

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Cliched, Fluffy, Great acting, Funny

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Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

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Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You love Marlo Thomas...she was on point! Terrific casting. See it also if you enjoy stories about the tangled webs we weave.

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Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Great staging

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Cast & Creatives (13)