Theft by Eric Chappell
- Norma Doyle
Playreaders meet every Monday from 2-3 pm at the Central Activity Center, Room B. Visitors are always welcome. Come early so that we can meet and greet you.
THE PLAY AND REVIEWS
On September 17th and 24th Ginny Smith will present Theft by Eric Chappell. Readers will include Jane Borr, John Dolan, Al Johnson Jeffrey Sheff, Ginny Smith and Pat Thelen.
This is a fast-paced comedy thriller in which five very different people play an escalating and hilarious game of cat and mouse. John and Barbara Miles return from a pleasant anniversary celebration with their friends Jenny and Trevor to discover that their country house has been burgled. The burglar is Spriggs, a career criminal, who initially convinces everyone that he is the local policeman sent to investigate the crime. Once unmasked as the thief, Spriggs skillfully manipulates and corrupts each character; exposing guilty secrets, childhood rivalries and character flaws, all of which threaten to disrupt two happy marriages and lifelong friendships. Through shrewd observations and stinging one liners Spriggs provides the audience with an entertaining, thought provoking and witty social commentary on key issues such as marriage, money, morality and crime.
Eric Chappell (born 1933) is an English comedy writer who wrote and co-wrote a number of the United Kingdom’s biggest sitcom hits during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. His successes include The Squirrels, Rising Damp, Only When I Laugh, The Bounder, Duty Free, Singles, Haggard, Home to Roost and Fiddlers Three. He also wrote twenty stage plays including The Banana Box, Only When I Laugh, Natural Causes, Theft and Dead Reckoning.
Chappell has won several awards including the RAFTA Award and the Evening Standard Film Award for best comedy. He is recognized as one of the top British writers of comedy today.