by Adam Szymkowicz
Directed by Angela Astle
April 24 – May 2 2009
presented at Access Theatre
Cast: Todd d’Amour, Candice Holdorf, Maria Portman Kelly, Lynn Kenny, Brian Pracht, Zack Robidas, Marnie Schulenburg, Cotton Wright
Creative Team: Heather Cohn, Set Design; Ashley Martinez, Choreographer; Kevin Fuller, Sound Design; Becky Kelly, Costume Design; Andy Fritsch, Lighting Design; Kelly O’Donnell, Props; Jason Paradine, Production Manager; Kate August, Stage Manager; Emily Owens, Publicist
The Story:Pretty Theft follows ballerina Allegra as she deals with the loss of her father. Allegra falls in with Suzy and then develops a friendship with autistic savant Joe, but the friendship turns violent. Allegra and Suzy go on the run and meet thief Marco, who claims he can’t be caught!
Szymkowicz has not only taken the notion of theft and flipped it on its head — he’s taken a story about human beings at their worst and shown how we can claw our way back from the brink by finding the good within ourselves.
Steven Snyder, The Villager
disturbing but touching…taut production…strong affecting performances
Anita Gates, The New York Times
a sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and at times nostalgic coming-of-age story