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The Shoplifters

March 19 @ 8:00 pm - April 7 @ 5:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until April 6, 2019

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until April 7, 2019

$44 – $55

Quebec Premiere


Written by Morris Panych

Directed by Morris Panych

With Ellen David, Laurent McCuaig-Pitre, Marie-Ève Perron & Michel Perron

March 19 to April 7, 2019


ALMA: Stealing isn’t always about taking things.


Alma, a feisty career shoplifter with serious street cred, spends her time helping her less fortunate neighbours and sticking it to the man, by redistributing what she sees as undeserved corporate profit. Dom, a righteous crime fighting evangelist having a very busy first day on the job, catches Alma and her skittish sidekick, Phyllis, with a couple of rib-steaks stuffed up their skirts. Otto, the world-weary head security guard is called in to interrogate but it soon becomes apparent that he has a more magnanimous opinion of Alma’s sticky fingers. A hilarious examination of the effects of capitalist culture on the haves and have-nots.


For a truly Montreal experience, the playwright has adapted two of the English-speaking characters into Francophones in an all-new script created especially for Centaur.


“Theft at its worst is greed, but at its best can symbolize an act of defiance against the system …

We all have our own internal sense of justice that doesn’t always match the legal one.”

– Morris Panych


“order and justice are happily flipped upside down” – TheaterMania.com (Washington, DC)

“a comic masterpiece” – TheaterBloom.com (Washington, DC)


Centaur Theatre
453 St. Francois-Xavier
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(514) 288-3161