Chancers by Robert Massey

There’s more than one way to win the lotto. A U.S. Premiere Comedy!

Aiden’s bright and fully stocked store has no customers, a vagrant at the doorstep, and his family living in the back room while they rent their home to strangers. Pre-recession, Aiden expanded his empire and store count and spared no expense. After the foreclosures, the construction workers that once filled his stores were laid off, and no longer paying customers. The skeleton of the closed hot food bar hulks in the corner as daily reminder to Aiden that his store is slowly slipping away.

Beyond the brilliant colors and bright lights of the store, we see the fields and the town of Kildare, with its rich horse racing history and plenty of old money. But the view of the town as a quaint village is a thing of the past in a global economy. Tesco has permanently joined the landscape of rolling fields and high street shopping and Aiden is in denial of his certain future.


By Steve Allen – Stage Door St. Louis, November 14, 2014
“Raunchy and riotous-a good combination in any situation”

By Judith Newmark –, November 6, 2014
“Massey’s comedy holds up nearly all the way through,with lively dialogue and vivid characters”

By Mark Bretz – Ladue News, November 3, 2014
“Laughter Is a Sure Bet with ‘Chancers‘”

By Andrea Torrence – St. Louis Theatre Snob, November 4, 2014
“The hardships and moral dilemmas the characters face in Massey’s play are real, and the comic spin works well.”

By Ann Pollack – St. Louis Eats and Drinks, October 31, 2014
“This is excellent ensemble work…”

By Snoop MK – Snoop’s Theatre Thoughts, October 31, 2014
“The authenticity of the production values and portrayals adds depth to the extreme sharpness of the comedy and the situation”

By Richard Green – Talkin’ Broadway, November 5, 2014
“Sometimes it all comes down to just one line.”

By Tina Farmer – KDHX, November 5, 2014
“The show is lively, with plenty of action centered in a single location”

By Lynn Venhaus –, November 8, 2014
“Bravo to the cast for keeping it real”

By Chris Gibson –, November 11, 2014
“Max & Louie Productions has been one of those troupes that are always on the lookout for something new and different”


By Judith Newmark – St. Louis Post Dispatch, October 24, 2014
Irish playwright Robert Massey relishes his play’s American debut at Max & Louie Productions.”


Chancers by Robert Massey – First Rehearsal!!!

National Reviews

By Ciara Murphy –, February 19, 2014
“Chancers is a super charged comedic experience not to be missed.”

“Robert Massey has his finger on the jittery pulse of our cash strapped age” – Daily Telegraph

“A rollicking ride of gags and a blaze of action and belly laughs.” – Evening Herald

“ paced comedy, exceptional cast, comic delight, unforgettable” – The Irish Mail