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'Thieves' thick with family dysfunction
'Thieves' thick with family dysfunction

In the annals of dysfunctional-family drama, Charlotte Miller's "Thieves" isn't likely to find a lasting place, though the producers might want to consider posting the following warning in the lobby: "The drama you're about to see contains quite a lot of yelling, slapping and biting and may induce flashbacks in theatergoers of a meeker constitution." Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County" and Sam Shepard's "Buried Child" are obvious precedents for Miller's drama, which is receiving its world premiere at El Portal's Monroe Forum Theatre in a production directed by Daniel Talbott (author of the play...

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