Clever Little Lies
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Clever Little Lies

Clever Little Lies NYC Reviews and Tickets

(82 Ratings)
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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (82)

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112 Reviews | 11 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you love funny, surprising plays.

Don't see it if you don't like being on the edge of your seat wondering if what you think happened really happened.

70 Reviews | 22 Followers
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!

Don't see it if You dont have a sense of humor!

509 Reviews | 336 Followers
Delightful, Clever, Funny, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You like clever dialog and great acting. Also had a beautiful set of a house and an amazing scene in a car. Very humorous play.

Don't see it if See it!

230 Reviews | 46 Followers
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you enjoy good acting and a clever story

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical

54 Reviews | 15 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like , what I like to call, livingroom comedies. And if you like Marlo Thomas, a must see.

Don't see it if You want to see a large musical.

470 Reviews | 113 Followers
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You want a funny fast-paced romantic comedy starring a fantastic cast including Marlo Thomas.

Don't see it if You don't like romantic comedies

665 Reviews | 125 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

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.

216 Reviews | 223 Followers
Cliched, Fluffy, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like little twists and turns, with laughs along the way.

Don't see it if You do not surprises and want to see an outcome that is expected.

Critic Reviews (37)

The New York Times
October 12th, 2015

"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."
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Time Out New York
October 13th, 2015

"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."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 12th, 2015

"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.'”
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October 12th, 2015

"'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."
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October 12th, 2015

"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. "
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October 12th, 2015

"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."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 16th, 2015

"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."
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Talkin' Broadway
October 12th, 2015

"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."
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