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Sarah Petersiel plays an art thief, Gretchen. Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

Theatre Review: Thief Society at The Gladstone—until 05.25.19

By Laura Gauthier and Samara Caplan on May 23, 2019


Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever).

What could possibly go wrong when three thieves get together to steal the well-known painting “Goat on the Wind”? Thief Society, now on stage at The Gladstone Theatre, takes us through the twists and turns of trying to pull off a masterful heist.

In an effort to become official members of the infamous Thief Society, Hans, Gretchen and Arnauld have hatched the perfect plan. They are going to steal “Goat on the Wind” from the museum—tonight!

Presented by Under The Table Ensemble Theatre, stars and co-creators Sarah Petersiel (Gretchen), Josh Matthews (Arnauld) and Matt Chapman (Hans) go full force using innovative and sometimes hilarious sets and props to bring this story to life.

Gretchen, the team leader is determined to gain membership to the society even if she can be a bit “too much” sometimes. Arnauld seems to be the most seasoned thief of the bunch, although he often gets distracted by his love of others, the world and of course himself. Hans rounds out the team as theie gear specialist and probably the most inexperienced member.

With a team like this one, things don’t go quite as planned.

With huge bouts of physical comedy and some very well-timed slow motion, along with the use of almost the entire theatre (that’s right no one is safe from some small audience participation) the one hour comedy had the audience consistently laughing throughout.

So grab your ticket before the short run ends on Saturday or risk missing out on the heist of the year!

Thief Society continues at The Gladstone Theatre (910 Gladstone Ave) until Saturday May 25, 2019. Thursday to Saturday at 7:30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2:30pm. Tickets are $23–39. The show runs 60 minutes with no intermission.