Beg, Borrow, or Steal Broadway

from a story by Bud Freeman and Marvin Seiger

Clara's boyfriend, Rafe, is a charlatan who owns a coffee house called the Pit and manages to live on credit because folks tend to regard beatniks as quaint and don't hold them to the standards of the real world. Pretending to be one of the beats, Rafe is actually looking to exploit them.



Into Clara's life comes Junior, an Ivy Leaguer who used to live in the neighborhood. Junior claims to be doing research on beatnik poets, but, by the end of the first act, it's revealed that Junior is actually "Rexall," a celebrated beatnik poet who assembles his verse by mixing lines from Alice in Wonderland, Silas Marner, Finnegan's Wake, and Mickey Spillane.



Looking to use Clara's money to refinance the Pit, Rafe sells Clara a supposedly valuable painting that he himself painted. Rafe gets Clara to transform herself into a beatnik and read poetry at the Pit. When she's made over and becomes an attraction at the Pit, Rafe tries to sell her to Madison Avenue executives and to turn the Pit into a tourist trap. At the end, Junior gets Clara away from Rafe and his fraudulent world. The central joke of Beg, Borrow or Steal was that button-down Junior was actually a beat while Rafe, who seemed to be part of the beat culture, was, at heart, a conformist interested in the commercial exploitation of the beats.

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by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2011
59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) welcomes Inis Nua Theatre Company (Philadelphia, PA) with the New York premiere of DUBLIN BY LAMPLIGHT, written by Michael West and directed by Tom Reing.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2011
59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) announces the roster of shows for the Fall 2011 Season.
by Victoria Beal - Sep 15, 2017
Melbourne is the city to be in if you love food and cabaret and Michelle Pearson's Comfort Food Cabaret is the perfect combination of both.
by Victoria Beal - Oct 29, 2016
For Melbourne audiences this chilly spring, The Light in the Piazza is the musical we had no idea we would love.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2011
59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) welcomes Inis Nua Theatre Company (Philadelphia, PA) with the New York premiere of DUBLIN BY LAMPLIGHT, written by Michael West and directed by Tom Reing. DUBLIN BY LAMPLIGHT ends performances on Sunday, October 2.
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - Oct 14, 2013
How do you start a new theatre company? Hint: First, throw out the rules!
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2019
Following the critically acclaimed 'Lost West End' album series, Stage Door Records present the launch of 'Lost Broadway', a new series of albums that will focus on celebrating Broadway's forgotten and obscure musicals. With each album dedicated to specific years in Broadway history, the 'Lost Broadway' series launches with 'Lost Broadway 1961', a particularly abundant year in the Broadway calendar for musicals whose residencies were short lived but deserve not to be forgotten.
by Mark Janicello - Mar 4, 2018
Last night, at the Comic Opera of Berlin I was gobsmacked.  Their production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF was hands down, the single best performance I have ever witnessed in my 24 years living and working in continental Europe.  Nothing else I have ever seen, anywhere on continental Europe, even comes close. Run, Crawl, Beg, Borrow or Steal... but get tickets to this show.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2011
Soho Rep announces staged readings of four new plays by contemporary Black-British Playwrights to run in conjunction with the U.S. Premiere of debbie tucker green's BORN BAD, set to open at Soho Rep on April 7, 2011.
by Erin Leigh Peck - Mar 26, 2012
This past weekend my Little Guy and I were among the lucky few to get tickets to see the Beatles of kids' concerts, THE FRESH BEATS. Nickelodeon's popular preschool music group and stars of the hit TV series by the same name hit the road last month after selling out in almost every city they were scheduled to perform in...usually the first day the tickets were on sale!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2011
Soho Rep announces staged readings of four new plays by contemporary Black-British Playwrights to run in conjunction with the U.S. Premiere of debbie tucker green's BORN BAD, set to open at Soho Rep on April 7, 2011.
by Charlie Wilks - Jun 19, 2019
David Blaine is arguably the best magician currently living on this planet. But he isn't just a master of stagecraft; he is also an illusionist and stuntman. Rounding off his first-ever UK and Ireland tour, he performs to a packed out Eventim Apollo.
by Cicely Binford - Jul 5, 2019
WA Opera are bringing Stephen Sondheim's much-loved musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of  Fleet Street to His Majesty's Theatre this July, and we caught up with opera star Antoinette Halloran, who joins the cast as the infamous Mrs. Lovett. Read on to find out her take on this twisted tale of blood and revenge. 
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2011
59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) announces the roster of shows for the Fall 2011 Season.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2013
The upscale fashion-forward website Sassenfras has launched its new weekly e-newsletter filled with Daily Style Edits, 'Beg, Borrow or Steal' style features, style articles, designer profiles, styling tips and more. People who register to receive the newsletter will be entered to win a $500 Shopbop giveaway. Sassenfras provides men and women with a roundup of the hottest fashion trends highlighted in its Daily Style Edits and saves time by allowing readers to purchase the items directly on the website through Lyst.com. The Sassenfras giveaway begins on January 25 and ends on February 22.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2011
A little know fact is that Carol Channing was Betty's roommate in the early days of their careers, before either of them became successful. About Betty's death, Carol had this to say 'No one could have had a dearer sweeter more unselfish roommate than Betty Garrett. To save me after I was fired from the Borstht Circuit (Camp Cataminm), she kept encouraging me. She was gorgeously talented and funny herself. My deep gratitude goes with her.'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2011
Broadway star Betty Garrett died in Los Angeles at the age of 91. Garrett died Saturday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, most likely from an aortic aneurysm, according to her son Garrett Parks. Garrett was in good health and even taught her musical comedy class at Theater West on Wednesday night. Theater West is a non-profit organization which she helped found. Friday, she checked into the hospital with heart trouble and died the next morning, with her family at her side.
by Erin Leigh Peck - Dec 20, 2011
Did you hear the news? The Fresh Beats are coming. You might be too late to grab a ticket, but if you want to see them live, RUN. Seriously. Or check ebay. Or get a job writing about family theatre. This thing is the hottest ticket since Barbara Streisand's final farewell tour. Both of them.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2011
59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) welcomes Inis Nua Theatre Company (Philadelphia, PA) with the New York premiere of DUBLIN BY LAMPLIGHT, written by Michael West and directed by Tom Reing.
by Barry Lenny - Apr 9, 2016
Beg, borrow, or steal a ticket.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2011
Soho Rep announces staged readings of four new plays by contemporary Black-British Playwrights to run in conjunction with the U.S. Premiere of debbie tucker green's BORN BAD, set to open at Soho Rep on April 7, 2011.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2011
Soho Rep announces staged readings of four new plays by contemporary Black-British Playwrights to run in conjunction with the U.S. Premiere of debbie tucker green's BORN BAD, set to open at Soho Rep on April 7, 2011.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2011
Boston University School of Theatre in association with the Huntington Theatre Company brings the internationally acclaimed Propeller Theatre Company to Boston for the first time to perform Shakespeare's Richard III and The Comedy of Errors in ambitious rotating repertory.
by Brodie Paparella - Apr 25, 2016
Beg, borrow, or steal a ticket to this show. It is peerless in the present landscape of Sydney theatre, a razor-sharp scintillation that remarks most precisely on current culture. It is what this reviewer has long been waiting for, and prays becomes a zeitgeist for contemporary Australian narratives and artistic talent to aspire to, nay blossom into. A toast to director Sarah Goodes for a play that held such gravitas and pregnancy, of course to playwright Ayad Akhtar with congratulations on winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and also to Steve Francis for creating a sound design that transcended typicality and brought collective consciousness to this reading room drama.
by Don Grigware - Apr 17, 2012
In 1984 when Northern English coal miners went on strike in defiance of Margaret Thatcher's announcement to dissolve the unions, there was little hope for the future. Prospects were dim for kids like Billy Elliot who would be expected to enter the family business like his dad and his dad before him and on down the family lineage. Within 10 years, there would be no jobs, and where would Billy go, what would he do? Fortunately, this 11 year-old had unstoppable dreams that would perhaps take him far, if only he could defeat the tremendous odds and get his dad to agree to an audition in London for the Royal Academy - ballet. Since 2000, when the film Billy Elliot won the hearts of the entire world, there came a musical stage version - in 2005 on the West End and 2008 on Broadway, winning 10 Tony Awards. The stage version was as successful as the movie, mainly because the screenwriter Lee Hall and director Stephen Daldry stayed with the project. Billy Elliot has universal appeal for kids with artistic talent, and speaks to the young at heart in all of us. Finally Billy is in LA at the Pantages through May 13 only, with a sensational cast that will have you standing, cheering and singing its praises for years to come.
by Jenny Antill - Apr 14, 2013
Since 2004, there have been several other productions of The Hired Man; all of which have achieved similar resounding success. This Curve Theatre Leicester and Mercury Theatre Colchester Co-Production is no different and is nothing short of a masterpiece.