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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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.

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.

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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TheaterScene.net
October 14th, 2015

"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."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 12th, 2015

"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."
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CurtainUp
October 9th, 2015

"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."
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Stage Buddy
October 21st, 2015

"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."
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Broadway Blog
October 13th, 2015

"'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."
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The Wrap
October 12th, 2015

"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."
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NorthJersey.com
October 13th, 2015

"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."
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The Huffington Post
October 13th, 2015

"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."
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Reflections in the Light
October 26th, 2015

"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."
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Showbiz 411
October 12th, 2015

"'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."
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Motherhood Later
October 24th, 2015

"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."
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T
October 12th, 2015

"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."
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SusanGranger.com
October 17th, 2015

"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."
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NY Theatre Guide
October 17th, 2015

"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."
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TheaterScene.com
October 17th, 2015

"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 museum piece."
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LA Splash
October 13th, 2015

"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."
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Edge New York
October 26th, 2015

"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. "
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The New York Times
December 5th, 2013
For a previous production

"'Clever Little Lies,' delivers a large share of laughs but comes most alive when its amiable characters turn unhappy... The plot is fairly standard, and the individual lines are not side-splitters. But taken together and served up by a first-rate cast, it all produces some splendid chemistry...As Mr. DiPietro’s script looks to explore a few trickier emotions — its poignant ending is particularly affecting — its melancholy moments lift this already likable show just a little bit higher."
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Theatermania
November 27th, 2013
For a previous production

"A drawing-room comedy, served with a refreshing tinge of drama that puts some additional meat on its bones. I can't say he drills as close to the molten core of love and marriage as Sondheim in 'Company', but for a light night at the theater, his sharp wit and poignant insights will leave you feeling comfortably satiated."
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BroadwayWorld
November 26th, 2013
For a previous production

"An exceptional new play that smartly deals with a real-life dilemma, marital infidelity...'Clever Little Lies' has just the right dose of comedy; the dialogue and interaction between the characters is warm, witty, and real. The audience feels an intimate part of the events unfolding onstage...'Clever Little Lies' is a completely entertaining theatrical experience. Metropolitan area audiences should not miss an opportunity to see this jewel of a performance."
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Talkin' Broadway
November 29th, 2013
For a previous production

"Written, directed and performed in sharp comic style, 'Clever Little Lies' is filled with laughs...Its tone and character depiction fail to prepare us for its low key, melancholy resolution. The plot twist that leads to it is not needed to lend weight to the play and its valuable observations about the obligations of marriage and the effects of infidelity. And yet, 'Lies' is a valuable antidote to a culture which proselytizes that failure to give full reign to one's id is to deny oneself fulfillment and happiness."
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CurtainUp
November 22nd, 2013
For a previous production

"Not-as-clever-as-it-needs-to-be little comedy...Audiences can look forward to having a few laughs watching 'Clever Little Lies,' but they will be hard pressed to find anything really diverting in what happens—except for the handsome living room setting that glides smoothly into view following a short visit to the locker room and a subsequent spin with Bill Jr. and Jane in their spiffy red convertible. "
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Exeunt Magazine
December 22nd, 2013
For a previous production

"Filled with contrived tension and imposed edginess, 'Clever Little Lies' leaves open the question of its relevance or insight. Certainly the play suggests that the struggle with temptation as a means of existential wanderlust is a universal human problem, but there is little here to invoke empathy. These particular problems smack of impulsive and shortsighted egocentrism with little room for nuance."
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NJ Arts Maven
November 23rd, 2013
For a previous production

"It might be easy to dismiss Joe DiPietro's 'Clever Little Lies' as a bit of fluff were it not for the humanity of its characters and its revelation of the darker truths of our natures. What starts out as a snappy domestic comedy soon devolves into a study of marriage, fidelity, parenting and trust...The combination of comedy and tragedy results in a delicious examination of what it means to be a spouse and a parent. Not bad for a 90-minute piece of 'fluff'."
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New Jersey Hills
December 4th, 2013
For a previous production

"Once lies are told in a family, it is hard to determine how much truth will be required to ever regain a genuine sense of trust. 'Clever Little Lies' explores this topic through a wonderful new play that abounds with humor and gut-wrenching drama...A fast, funny romp through the lives of a family with abundant secrets...'Clever Little Lies' makes the audience wonder, again and again, when honesty just might not be the very best policy."
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Examiner
November 26th, 2013
For a previous production

"The warm, tender, amusing family situation and the dialogue all flow so naturally, translation: It all sounds so real...'Clever Little Lies' is a beautifully written and performed story of secrets and confessions...We are exposed to their secrets in the signature DiPietro manner of holding up a mirror for us to see the truth about ourselves, no matter how painful, all the time making us laugh. And, we do laugh at this clever tale while touched by the poignant manner in which the conflict is resolved."
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East Hampton Patch
July 20th, 2014
For a previous production

"Director David Saint orchestrates the actors so that the movement, tempo of lines, and sight lines/staging keep the productions energy flowing at a perfect pitch. The 90 minute production seems to be a half hour long. The show is a success. Mr. DiPietro's script delivers and the best way to sum up this review is that the money I paid to see this show was money well spent."
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Dan's Papers
July 21st, 2014
For a previous production

"'Clever Little Lies' wastes no time getting to the heart of the story and doesn’t slow down once. DiPietro’s script is funny without being silly and unexpectedly serious without being melodramatic. The plot begins to unfold like a sitcom, but wisely and expertly veers into more dramatic territory halfway through. The end result is a far more thoughtful, memorable show than expected."
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Hampton's Party Girl
July 22nd, 2014
For a previous production

"'Clever Little Lies' is exceedingly clever. He’s taken a universal and ages-old subject, infidelity, and managed to dust it off and make it fresh, yet oh so relatable...The sets on this show are beyond spectacular. Major, major props to the guys and gals behind the scenes. Honestly, it’s one of the best-presented stages I’ve seen in a very, very long while. Bravo!"
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