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Thieves

Thieves
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Herb Gardner
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 83
Pub. Date: 1977
ISBN-10: 0573617120
ISBN-13: 9780573617126
Cast Size: 3 woman, 8 men

About the Play:

Thieves is a full-length comedy by Herb Gardner. Set in New York City over the course of one night, this dramatic comedy about the trials and tribulations of two glum schoolteachers in their twelfth year of marriage, looks at panhandling in the streets and troubled marriages and affairs in the luxury high-rise apartments of the Upper East Side.

Thieves is about a couple who become disillusioned with each other as they rise to affluence from the Lower East Side. Martin Cramer lives in an expensive high rise on Manhattan's upper east side. He likes to play Debussy on his balcony at one a.m. Sally Cramer is his wife of 12 years. They have no children, but have acquired loads valuable antiques. Their failing marriage is sliding into the quicksand of early middle age. They are two glum school teachers (he private, she public) lost in little New York. while surrounded by an ensemble of colourful street people and quintessential New York City neighbours. Unable to consummate affairs with other people, the Cramer's eventually navigate various plot entanglements to rediscover each other. Thieves is a story of heartbreak, humour, and hope.

Thieves had a pre-engagement at Shubert Theatre in Boston, premiered in 1974 at the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway, later transferred to the to the Longacre Theatre, and ran for over 300 performances on Broadway. The play has been performed in regional repertory, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 3 woman, 8 men

What people say:

"Thieves says more about New York and its people than any play in years. I loved it." — NBC

"Hilarious scenes, marvelous characters and touching moments." — WINS Radio

About the Playwright:

Herb Gardner (1934-2003) was an American commercial artist, cartoonist, playwright and screenwriter. Born in Brooklyn, he was educated at the New York High School of the Performing Arts, the Carnegie Institute of Technology and Antioch College. He first came to public attention in the 1950s as the author of The Nebbishes, a nationally syndicated comic strip about social gadflies, which he retired in 1960 to concentrate on writing. Best known for his Broadway hits A Thousand Clowns, I'm Not Rappaport and Conversations With My Father, he wrote few plays but their undeniable humour and commercial appeal made him among the most produced playwrights worldwide.

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