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"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
"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 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
"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
"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
"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
"'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
"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
"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
"'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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"'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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
See it if you like "family secret" plays. A good cast but it is given little to work with in the script.
Don't see it if you're hoping for something actually clever. There were several missed opportunities to make a forgettable play interesting.
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
Don't see it if on the stage. Thomas great and so was the rest of the cast. I don't see how everyone would not love this show.
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.
Don't see it if Take issue with topics related to infidelity and open discussions about sex. FYI: Leave the kids at home.
See it if I enjoyed Kate Wetherhead's performance. Mildly entertaining. If you like older family sitcoms with a bit of drama it might work for you.
Don't see it if The other actors were competent but unremarkable. The play has no reason for being. It was neither funny nor dramatic enough to compensate.
See it if You're a member of the Neil Simon generation, and like his work. Also, if you like Marlo Thomas and Greg Mullavey as they're both excellent
Don't see it if You're looking for something new or edgy and relevant to today.
See it if you enjoy excellent ensemble comedic acting featuring priceless reactions and surprise ending that lifts this above most sitcoms
Don't see it if you think you've seen this comedic situation a thousand times (you have) and Marlo Thomas at times mistakes posing for acting
See it if you're a fan of Marlo Thomas or Kate Wetherhead. The cast is great and Marlo and Kate really shine.
Don't see it if you're expecting a rollicking comedy. This show feels a bit like a cross between a sitcom and a Lifetime movie.
See it if You're a fan of Marlo Thomas. You want to hear a few good jokes.
Don't see it if You want a more original take on male/female relationships. You want a coherent plot. You're not a fan of Marlo Thomas.
See it if You're a fan of Marlo Thomas & enjoy sitcom style shows about relationships. The jokes are funny & plentiful & you care about the characters
Don't see it if You're looking for something meaty. This is a light show but it does explore some serious themes and has a nice message about marriage.