Renowned playwright Jerry Mayer turned 90 on September 5, 2021, his pen and wit sharp as ever. Currently developing his 11th play, he also took time out to revisit the acclaimed musical he wrote with son Steve. Now, Santa Monica Playhouse presents a limited run of this brand-new incarnation of the riotous and poignant musical, “You Haven’t Changed A Bit, and Other Lies.”
From the hilarious “The Role Reversal Tango,” to the tongue-firmly-in-cheek tribute to the not-so-firm “Upper Arms” of the over 60s set, to the heart-wrenching “Whatever Happened to Our Love Song,” the Mayer team’s brilliance shines through as audiences follow the adventures of aging – lovingly dissected, shredded, massaged and put back together again – through the eyes of three married couples – Jewish, Italian, Irish – who have known each other for over 35 years. It’s time for a renewal of vows. But much has changed…perhaps too much? Will all three couples make it to the altar again? Only time, and the Mayer team, will tell.
Helmed by Playhouse Artistic Director Chris DeCarlo (director of 9 of Mayer’s 10 plays to date), LIES features a stellar cast: Chris DeCarlo, Rachel Galper, Kyle T. Heffner, Barbara Keegan, Evelyn Rudie, Tom Van Dyke;
ADMISSION: Tickets are $35, with discounts available for students, teachers, seniors and the military. Great group rates are also available. Reservations are necessary. Call the Playhouse Box Office at 1-310-394-9779; ext 1 or reserve online at santamonicaplayhouse.com/mistakes.html
What: “You Haven’t Changed A Bit, and Other Lies”
Where: Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th Street (between Wilshire & Arizona), Santa Monica, CA 90401-1391
When: February 12 – March 27, 2022; Saturdays at 7:00pm, Sundays at 2:30pm