Matthew Crosby and Josh Hunt star in “Cash on Delivery” at Hale Centre Theatre.

Hale Centre Theatre

A New Year’s Eve opening means the audience will get some extras at “Cash on Delivery” at Hale Centre Theatre.

The fast-paced British farce about coaxing tax-free money from a lax government will include

snacks, drinks, decorations and party favors af

er the 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31 shows. A countdown to midnight also follows the late show.

“This play could just as easily been set here in the United States as in England,” says local producer David Dietlein. Its theme is universal, as are the jokes.

The entertaining “Cash on Delivery” begs the question: What would you do if, having lost your job, you found a way to keep the cash flowing?

All it takes is encouraging a multitude of government agencies to open the gushing spout of benefits, subsidies and citizen allowances. Social Security, Unemployment Benefits, Childcare Subsidies, Widows Allowance, Industrial Injury Relief, Cold Weather Compensation — there are so many to choose from, why not take advantage of them all?

But there’s just one problem: It’s fraud. Plucking the pence from government programs has consequences, and the situation turns into a “sticky wicket” when one tries to stop the copious outflow. The ruse snowballs out of control as the attempt to stem the flow at last brings out the dreaded government inspectors.

One laugh follows another, fueled in part by the very real fear that government spending really has gone too far.


What: “Cash on Delivery”

When: 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31; runs through Feb. 8. There will be snacks, drinks, decorations and party favors after the 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve shows; a countdown to midnight follows the 9:30 p.m. show.

Where: Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert

Cost: $30-$40

Info: (480) 497-1181 or

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