Posted in comedy, family drama, love story, theater

Mother knows best

How much do you sacrifice for your children? The promise of greener pastures? The lure of youthful indiscretions?

Kate Wetherhead, George Merrick and Marlo Thomas in a scene from Joe DiPietro's Clever Little Lies directed by David Saint at the Westside Theatre. (Photo by Matthew Murphy)
Kate Wetherhead, George Merrick and Marlo Thomas in a scene from Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies directed by David Saint at the Westside Theatre. (Photo by Matthew Murphy)
595_Greg_Mullavey__Kate_Wetherhead_and_Marlo_Thomas_in_CLEVER_LITTLE_LIES_(Photo_595_by_Matthew_Murphy)
Greg Mullavey, Kate Wetherhead and Marlo Thomas in a scene from Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies directed by David Saint at the Westside Theatre. (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our self-interest, two-time Tony-winner Joe DiPietro tells us in Clever Little Lies, at the Westside Theatre/Upstairs through January 3rd, is subsumed in our parental care for our offspring. Our lives and how we live them are comprised of the choices we make; being content with those choices may be the best recipe for lifelong happiness.

Kate Wetherhead, George Merrick, Marlo Thomas and Greg Mullavey in a scene  from Joe DiPietro's Clever Little Lies directed by David Saint at the Westside Theatre. (Photo by Matthew Murphy)
Kate Wetherhead, George Merrick, Marlo Thomas and Greg Mullavey in a scene
from Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies directed by David Saint at the Westside Theatre. (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Is confession good for the soul? Ask Alice (Marlo Thomas) or her son, Billy (George Merrick). When Bill, Sr. (Greg Mullavey) beats Billy in a Friday tennis match, he senses that something is wrong. Sworn to secrecy over Billy’s confidence, Bill is unable to keep Alice from finding out what the two men discussed. What does Billy’s wife Jane (Kate Wetherhead) guess about what’s going on?

Sometimes, it’s all about the pauses. Noone is better at the pregnant pause than Greg Mullavey. He expresses shock and pain with tense and well-orchestrated stillness.

The cast, under David Saint’s direction,  are terrific. Kate Wetherhead exposes her cluelessness in such a knowing way that rooting for her comes naturally. Marlo Thomas gives a poignant, intuitive and funny performance. George Merrick runs a gamut of emotions as naturally as if he were revealing his faults and weaknesses to us. Everything–and everyone– on the stage rings true.

Yoshi Tanokura (scenic design) and Christian J. Bailey (lighting) play with the limits of the stage by using cinematic effects. The scenic design is bolstered by a wonderful series of films pinpointing the places where Clever Little Lies takes us. This is a sophisticated production of an intelligently-written play.

For more information about Clever Little Lies, please visit http://www.cleverlittlelies.com/

Author:

For an opinionated woman such as I, blogging is an excellent outlet. This is one of many fori that I use to bloviate. Enjoy! Comment on my commentary.

2 thoughts on “Mother knows best

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s