A father’s secret past comes back to haunt him in the form of an old boyfriend in Brad Fraser’s new comedy.

Catch ‘True Love Lies’ at Horizon Theatre

“True Love Lies,” which opened May 21 at Horizon, finds a family changing forever when their daughter applies for a job as a waitress. The restaurateur balks when he realizes her father is a man he lived with for three years.

Directing the show is Lisa Adler, the artistic director at Horizon. She was already familiar with Fraser’s work when she saw a reading of his stage adaptation of the gay-themed musical “Outrageous.”

“I had always liked his work but I was so moved by this,” she says.

In her mind, the character of David, the restaurateur, is the catalyst of the show.

“On the surface we have a happy sitcom family, but David drops a pebble and causes a ripple,” she says. “David has an immediate bond with the children — they are drawn to each other and David helps them. He also helps some characters realize the importance of moving on.”

Adler likes the fact that “True Love Lies” is edgy, but not edgy enough that it drives people away.

“I am not a gay man, but I can relate to this,” she says. “Brad’s plays follow fluid sexuality: [They are] not about being gay or straight. This is a smart, funny piece that has something to say.”

‘True Love Lies’
Through June 20
Horizon Theatre
1083 Austin Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307
404- 584-7450