Cheating cheaters


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John Patrick

Published by Dramatists Play Service

2 Male 3 Female

Faced with the responsibility of looking after their orphaned niece, Theresa and Angelica, two middle-aged sisters, have settled on the idea of impersonating begging nuns in order to send Tania to art school in Europe

But as the play begins they have run into double trouble. An agile young cat burglar is about to make off with their ill-gotten gains; and a suspicious policeman has followed Theresa (and her collection bucket) home

However all is not as desperate as it seems, as the personable young thief happens to be a medical student who steals to pay his tuition - and is willing to consider alternative means of fund raising

While the cop, as it turns out, is also not above taking what he can on the side. So the four join forces for some inspired larceny and things go swimmingly - or do until the supposedly saintly Tania turns up unannounced

Trying to hide the truth from their niece, Theresa and Angelica decide to "go straight," which also, unfortunately, means going broke, and results in a series of hilarious misunderstandings

In the end, however, it develops that Tania is not quite the paragon her aunts believed her to be - but the confession of her own misdeeds (she is an accomplished art forger) is steadily forgiven

when she also reveals that the rather considerable earnings from her illegal activities are merrily piling up interest in a Swiss bank!

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