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Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9780889229266
Pages: 128
Pub. Date: April 14 2015
Dimensions: 8.5" x 5.5" x 0.4375"
Rights: Available: WORLD
Drama / DRA013000

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The Shoplifters

By Morris Panych

Edgerton Foundation New Play Award: Morris Panych, The Shoplifters (Winner)

In this riotously funny new comedy from Morris Panych, we meet Alma, a seasoned career shoplifter who prefers the five-finger discount over some lousy seniors’ day deal. But it’s not just an empty wallet that leads Alma to a life of petty crime – it’s also her strong convictions about social justice and economic inequality.

Along for the ride is Phyllis, Alma’s frazzled accomplice who lacks her mentor’s cool demeanour and snappy comebacks. It’s Alma who does the talking when the pair is apprehended at the grocery store by Dom, an overzealous rookie security guard. Guided by the strictness of his born-again Christian belief, Dom is ready to handcuff the culprits and call the police, but his affable senior partner, Otto, intervenes with a more sympathetic view of the crime: “It’s just a couple a steaks.” As Alma, Phyllis, Dom, and Otto share their wildly different takes on the situation, complex views on morality and ethics begin to emerge.

With its cast of oddball characters, Panych’s comedy offers biting observations about society’s haves and have-nots and how much they might actually have in common.

Cast of 2 women and 2 men.

Winner 2015 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award

“Economic inequality isn’t funny. Thank God The Shoplifters is …”
Washington City Paper

The Shoplifters is a gem in a minor key, as a work of literature and a play.”
The Georgetowner

“Gripping comedy … this hilarious battle of wills brings the nature and meaning of shoplifting to new scales of justice and calls of a closer examination of the human condition."

The Shoplifters gives a woman of a certain age the kind of riveting gravitas almost always written for men.”

The Shoplifters packs a comic punch.”
DC Theatre Scene

“Stocked with terrific jokes.”
DC Metro Theater Arts

The Shoplifters is a hoot … a hysterically funny play, with biting wit and sharply rendered characters.”

“Panych can definitely write jokes”
Calgary Sun