With the Depression, the pies aren’t selling. So, the women decide to raise their money through a radically different method: by robbing a bank.
The show is slow leaving the gate, with the opening dialogue between actresses Shelandra Goss and Josephine Blick (as daughter and mother) feeling out-of-kilter. They’re both good but not on the same wavelength. Subsequent scenes establish personalities and rivalries in the group, somewhat deliberately.
Things get funny after intermission as these devout women dress like gun-toting gangsters, set out in the dead of night and bag their prize (barely) like matriarchal Robin Hoods. Director Jill McMahon gets laughter flowing smoothly here, but the end is left dangling.
You could say Steal Away starts out “fair” and edges into “good” during most of the second act, but that’s too long for one of our Willie ratings.