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The Shoplifters

January 14, 2020

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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until February 9, 2020

$29 – $54
The cast of the Arts Club Theatre Company production of The Shoplifters. Photo by David Cooper.

The Shoplifters, a Canadian comedy by Morris Panych, is touring throughout the Lower Mainland this winter.

The play follows Alma, a career shoplifter who prefers the “five-finger discount” over any senior citizen’s deal. When a grocery store theft with her anxious sidekick goes awry, her elaborate life of petty crime is halted by an overzealous security guard and his affable mentor. With sharp-witted comic observations, Panych has expertly drawn a cast of misfit characters that will leave you rooting for all sides to come out on top.

Director and playwright Paynch said, “The Shoplifters is about small people with small lives, people who want something and will do anything to get it. I’m really fascinated with what’s happening in the world right now, with people being left behind, and I wanted to write about that.”

Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran noted, “One of my seminal Arts Club experiences growing up was seeing Morris Panych’s shows. The Shoplifters is a funny and idiosyncratic script, with fantastic characters and rhythm. I am thrilled that Morris and his partner, Ken MacDonald—an incredible designer—are taking the play on tour. They have been hugely important in our company’s history, and I am excited to share this show with a wider audience.”

The BlueShore at CapU (North Vancouver) – Jan 9
Kay Meek Arts Centre (West Vancouver – Jan 10 & 11
Anvil Centre (New Westminster) – Jan 14
Surrey Arts Centre (Surrey) – Jan 14-25
Evergreen Cultural Centre (Coquitlam) – Jan 28-Feb 1
Clarke Theatre (Mission) – Feb 2
The ACT Arts Centre (Maple Ridge) – Feb 6 & 7
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (Burnaby) – Feb 7 & 9

Check the Arts Club Theatre Company website for exact dates and locations.

Photo by David Cooper.

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January 14, 2020
$29 – $54
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Various Locations
Vancouver, BC Canada