Vagabond Players Stages “Cheating Cheaters” at the Raven

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“Cheating Cheaters” by John Patrick, directed by Catherine Michaels.

“Cheating Cheaters” by John Patrick, directed by Catherine Michaels.

“Things are seldom what they seem”—you would think that, if anyone, you could trust the “Sisters of Charity.” But if not, what happens when a personable young cat burglar and a conniving cop enter the picture? No one seems to be who they really are, and a surprise is around every corner. The show becomes larceny for laughter as the cheaters start cheating the cheaters! Everyone has an angle, and there are secrets galore in “Cheating Cheaters” (currently playing at the Raven Playhouse).
“Cheating Cheaters” is funny, and, yet, at its core a warm-hearted play penned by John Patrick known as one of the American theatre’s comic masters. Patrick’s script has a lot lines that are cute and penned in a fun spirit.
Director Catherine Michaels molds a very well cast and strong group of actors—Linda Mayer, Leslie Simms, David A. Ramak, John McAndrew and Kelli O’Brian in this two-act romp.
On opening night, some of the lines fell a little flat and the pacing could have been tighter but these are two elements that will certainly pick-up in subsequent performances. The audience enjoyed many moments of delight from the performances and the script.
The Vagabond Players is a 12-year-old, self-producing company, and stages both original and published work.

“Cheating Cheaters” stages Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and runs through Sept. 19. The Raven Playhouse is located at 5233 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood (just north of Magnolia). Street parking and city lot near the theatre. Tickets are $20, and there is student, senior and group discounts. For more information or reservations, call (818) 206-4000 or visit their Web site at www.thevagabondplayers.com.

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