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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Clever Little Lies

Joe DiPietro has penned a remarkable little gem currently running off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre.  It's a clever title because as it turns out not everything that plays out is one.

The incorporable Marlo Thomas headlines the cast as Alice, the matriarch of the family.  Her son Billy (George Merrick) is having a bit of a marital/midlife crisis by having an affair with someone he thinks makes his whole life brighter and worth living again.  This happens, of course, after he just had a newborn baby with his wife Jane (Kate Weatherhead).   He reluctantly confides this little nugget to his father, Bill, Sr. (Greg Mullavey) who of course won't be able to keep it from his wife for more than 3 minutes.  Alice decides to invite Billy and Jane over to sort the whole matter out and keep them together.  She just can't bear to think about the alternative.

What ensures is anything but a clever little lie.