Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Den of Thieves by Stephen Adly Guirgis Opens Thur Aug. 29th at NYC's Chernuchin Theater

Den of Thieves, the hysterical dark farce by Stephen Adly Guirgis, gets its NYC revival starting Thursday, Aug. 19 at Chernuchin Theater, 314 54th St. (btwn 8th & 9th Ave.). Presented by Glen Hagen Theatrical, and directed by David Triacca, the cast features Michelle Cox, Wesley Curtis, Ralph John (RJ) Lucci, Giovanni Rho, Julia Sun, Chris Triana, and TRP's own Peter Carlaftes as "The Big Tuna."

In this outrageous comedy, Paul and Maggie meet at a 12-step program for shoplifting addicts. Flaco, Maggie's ex-boyfriend, and Boochie, a topless dancer and Flaco's girlfriend, convince Paul and Maggie to join them for one last "easy" score of $750,000 in unprotected drug money. Oops. Things go totally wrong and they end up as prisoners in The Big Tuna's basement, engaging in madcap verbal gymnastics to set things straight--and get the hell out of there.

The play was first presented to rave reviews in 1996 at The LAByrinth Theater (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jon Ortiz, Artistic Directors). According to the L.A. Times, Den of Thieves "unfolds with cracklinc comic propulsion and a screwball sweetness as unexpected as it is welcome . . . thoroughly impressive . . ."

Den of Thieves opens Thursday August 19 and runs thru August 29th, Tuesday thru Friday at 8 pm; Saturday 2 pm & 8 pm, and Sunday 2 pm & 7 pm. Closing day, Sunday, August 29 is 2pm show only.

Tickets, priced $24-$30, are available by visiting www.smarttix.com or by calling (212) 868-4444. The American Theater of Actors, The Chernuchin Theatre, is located on the 2nd floor of 314 West 54th Street. For more information visit www.denofthievesnyc.com.

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