Friday, May 07, 2010


(photo credit: Ken Howard)

Some guys are scared stiff at the prospect of settling down, getting married, having kids, etc. Joe White is no exception. He’s a divorce lawyer, representing one of his many ex-girlfriends and; above all else, he’s a bachelor who wouldn’t have it any other way. So, when his mother desperately wants him to start a family, he’ll do the next best thing: make one up! What could go wrong?

At the risk of giving the plot away, let's just say...alot.

Fast-paced with snappy dialogue, White's Lies offers up a slick, rollicking, revolving door of relationships.

Two actors play a multitude of parts, and it's qiute amusing to see them weave in and out of a variety of over the top characters. The cast is appealing in general, and it was a particular treat to see Betty Buckley, though she unfortunately wasn't given the opportunity to sing. I''m also a fan of Peter Scolari, dating back to his "Bosom Buddies" days.

This frisky romp is entertaining, and if you are happily married, you'll be all the more grateful that you're not out there in the dating arena.

Producers are Aaron Grant, Jana Robbins, Jeremy Handelman, Craig Haffner & Karl E. Held..  The playwright is Ben Andron.  Director is Bob Cline.  It stars Betty Buckley, Tuc Watkins, Peter Scolari, Christy Carlson Romano, Andrea Grano, Jimmy Ray Bennett and Rena Strober.

TUC WATKINS currently appears on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” and is known for the role of “David Vickers”on ABC’s “One Life to Live."

PETER SCOLARI is best known to TV audiences as Michael Harris, the bumbling TV producer on “Newhart” and as the co-star with Tom Hanks in "Bosom Buddies."

BETTY BUCKLEY has been called the “Voice of Broadway” ever since, her rendition of “Memory” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. She is well known to TV audiences for her role in “Eight is Enough” and to film goers as Carrie’s gym teacher in Carrie.

CHRISTY CARLSON ROMANO began her career as one of the rising young stars of Disney. She has appeared on Broadway in Parade, Beauty & the Beast and Avenue Q. Her TV credits include Disney’s “Even Stevens,” “Cadet Kelly” and as the voice of Kim Possible in the series of the same name, for which she was nominated for an Emmy in 2004.

JIMMY RAY BENNETT is the creator of the “cult hit” The Nuclear Family.

ANDREA GRANO recently appeared on stage in the World Premiere of David Ives' The Other Woman & in the Los Angeles Premiere of Kate Robin's ANON. She has guest starred on "Brothers and Sisters," "October Road," "InJustice” and in a recurring role on "24." .

RENA STROBER most recently starred as Tzeitel in National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof, opposite Topol and Harvey Fierstein.

BEN ANDRON is a writer/producer of motion picture marketing at The Ant Farm, one of the largest motion picture advertising agencies in Los Angeles, where he was involved in the releases of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Where the Wild Things Are, Star Trek, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, among others. Ben was also a producer of DVD Extra Content on numerous DVD's including “One Tree Hill” (Seasons 1-3), Point Break: Pure Adrenaline Edition, and Ben Hur: Collector's Edition. As a writer, Ben worked with Disney TV Animation developing an animated series he co-created for Jetix/ABC Family & wrote multiple episodes for the BBC animated series “Friends and Heroes.” White’s Lies marks his first venture into the legitimate theatre.

BOB CLINE had the pleasure of directing the reading of White's Lies at the Jerry Orbach Theatre in September. Most recently, he directed sold out productions of Cabaret and Bare, a Pop Opera, at Pace University, in Manhattan. He currently has regional productions of both Rent and Oliver up and running, while working on a brand new musical entitled Chick Soup, all directed for the Vital Theatre Company in New York, Medusa, Bright, Apple, Crush, and Kiss and Tell have been nominated and/or won the Sam French Festival. Other acclaimed productions include Crimes of the Heart; Violet; Songs for a New World; A Christmas Carol (all nominated, best director); and A New Brain (winner, best director); Other favorite productions include; Ragtime, The Sound of Music; Titanic; Nunsense; Sideshow; Showboat; Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean; The Full Monty; Into the Woods(4x's) ; To Kill A Mockingbird; A Year with Frog and Toad; Falsettos; Assassins; Little Shop of Horrors; Pippin; Godspell; and his favorite Das Barbecu.

TIMES: Monday & Wednesday – Friday @ 8pm; Saturday @ 2pm & 8pm
Sunday @ 3pm & 7:30pm
THEATRE: New World Stages ~ 340 West 50th Street, NYC
RESERVATIONS: (212) 239- 6200 (telecharge)

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