NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Marlo Thomas of “That Girl” returns to the George Street Playhouse as Alice—a dry humored, bookshop owner, dedicated mother, and frisky wife, in Clever Little Lies.
The play is written by NJ native and Tony Award winner for “Memphis” Joe DiPietro. It is centered around the blurry lines of honesty when it comes to love and infidelity.
Joining Thomas in the cast are Greg Mullavey as her witty scotch-drinking husband, Jim Standek as her cheating son, and Kate Wetherhead as Standek's wife. The four-actor ensemble portrays a middle-class family, struggling with the infidelity of the son.
“They're dealing with issues I think many theatergoers are,” DiPietro said. “You never know what any character knows at any given time. It's a relationship mystery”.
Each dramatic affair within the 90-minute play is 'cleverly' hidden under Thomas' comedic anecdotes, and say-so persona.
“She's a fixer, for sure,” Thomas says of her character, “She wants everything to work out all right for everyone. Alice wants to take care of everybody, and she does. She is resourceful”.
Both Thomas and DiPietro are no strangers to the GSP. This is Thomas' third performance, she's previously been in Arthur Laurents “New Years Eve (2009), and Elaine May's “Roger is Dead” (1999).
This is the third of DiPietro's plays to be performed at the George Street Playhouse, located in the former site of the New Brunswick YMCA. He has authored “Creating Claire” along with “The Toxic Avenger.”
“George Street is really like an artistic home for me,” says DiPietro, “for which I am forever grateful.”
“Clever Little Lies” will be at George Street Play House through this Sunday, December 22.
Thomas also does a weekly video advice series on Huffington Post called “Monday's with Marlo.”
She is also preparing for the release of her seventh book, “It Ain't Over Til It's Over.”