Clever Little Lies
by Joe DiPietro
directed by Eric Hafen
WHEN: April 21 through May 7 with a preview performance on April 20*
WHERE: Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: $45 for the General Public; $40 for Seniors; $38 for Museum Members; and $20 for Students (18 & under or with valid college ID). Group rates are available.
Clever Little Lies contains adult language and adult situations.
Tickets may be purchased online at morrismuseum.org, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. The Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road inMorristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00am to 5:00pm.
Clever Little Lies, which premiered to critical acclaim in 2013 at the George Street Playhouse and then recently enjoyed a successful stint Off-Broadway, will be presented at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre. This new production of the comedy-drama, directed by Producing Artistic Director Eric Hafen, stars the popular Harriett Trangucci as Alice.
Playwright Joe DiPietro, a Tony Award-winner for the musical Memphis and the author of the long-running comedy I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, has been most often compared to Neil Simon. He writes rapid-fire comic dialogue of which there is plenty in Clever Little Lies which the New York Times called “good old-fashioned comfort food for theatregoers … with maybe just a hint of sting.”
For the sometimes chaotic and always very funny story of love and marriage, director Eric Hafen has assembled an experienced cast of actors familiar to New Jersey audiences.
Reprising the role of Alice, made famous by Marlo Thomas, is Summit resident Harriett Trangucci who has previously appeared on the Bickford stage in It Had To Be You, Breakfast with Les & Bess, and Our Town. A regular at the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, she has appeared on their stage in several productions, including The Neighborhood. Her other regional and New York credits include shows at the New York Fringe Festival and at The Theater Project. The Star-Ledger named her best featured actress for her role in The Skin of Our Teeth.
Bill Sr., Alice’s more subdued husband, brings Mendham’s Bob Mackasek to the Bickford stage for the first time, but he is no stranger to New Jersey’s regional theaters. Mackasek has appeared in productions at Two River Theatre Company, the Chatham Playhouse, the Barn Theatre, the Princeton Festival and the Summit Playhouse.
The besieged young couple features Rachel Matusewicz of Randolph as Jane and Ohio native Ben Kaufman as Billy. Matusewicz, who is a graduate of the Randolph High School has appeared with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Luna Stage and the Hudson Shakespeare Company. Kaufman, who plays her restless husband Billy, has been seen at New York City’s The Flea Theatre as well as New Jersey theaters Dreamcatcher Rep and 12 Miles West.
Artistic Director Eric Hafen has more than 25 years theater experience having acted in and directed productions throughout New York, New England and New Jersey, including works Off-Broadway and in New Jersey. About Clever Little Lies, he says, “When I saw the show several years ago, I knew it was perfect for our Bickford Theatre audiences. It is a swiftly-paced comedy that has a very poignant side to it, providing great entertainment yet much food for thought. It is as much fun for the audience as it is for the actors without losing its ability to touch our emotions.”
The production team for Clever Little Lies includes Rose Pancirov of Madison (Assistant to the Director), Leanne Long-Hulin of Lincoln Park (Production Stage Manager), Roman Kilma of Howell (Scenic and Lighting Designer), Ric McAllister of Union City (Costume Designer), Pasquale DeNigri of Wanaque (Sound Designer), Danielle Pietrowski of Long Valley (Properties), and Laurel Smith of Linden (Box Office).
*THURSDAY, APRIL 20 & 27, 7:30PM; MAY 4, 2:00PM
FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 28 & MAY 5, 8:00PM
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 29 8:00PM & MAY 6, 2:00PM
SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 30 & MAY 7, 2:00PM