Clever Little Lies
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Clever Little Lies
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Clever Little Lies NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(82 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
10%
Negative
4%
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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Member Reviews (82)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
75
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever ;-)

See it if You like a good fun story. Heartwarming and real. Great actors and staging. Clever quips.

Don't see it if you don't have time. It's worth going if you can.

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
80
Funny, Entertaining, Resonant, Great acting, Clever

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.

618 Reviews | 274 Followers
74
Well made comedy with laughs plus resonant ending

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

563 Reviews | 194 Followers
55
Cliched, Funny, Confusing, Dated

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.

481 Reviews | 315 Followers
93
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!

501 Reviews | 103 Followers
89
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.

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
91
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

464 Reviews | 128 Followers
86
Entertaining, Relevant, Funny

See it if An amusing story about marriage in our times will entertain you.

Don't see it if You live in a fairytale world that doesn't include the possibility of non perfect marriage !

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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Deadline
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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Theatermania
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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BroadwayWorld
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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