Published : Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 12:58 AM
To tickle the humor of today’s audiences, Ben Jonson’s classic comedy Volpone has been moved from 17th century Venice to gold rush era San Francisco. Volpone is now called Foxwell J. Sly and he is the same scheming, rapacious miser bent on extracting fortunes from a trio of rich, greedy opportunists. Sly, pretending to be on his death bed, says he will name each of the three as his sole heir. the extent that the trio will go to acquire Sly’s fortune knows no bounds. One goes so far as to disinherit his only son; another offers up his wife to the lecherous Sly. Sly is aided and abetted by his conniving servant in grabbing the other men’s gold.
Larry Gelbart is the adapter/playwright. The author of a baker’s dozen of works for the theatre, he is best known theatrically for co-creating the musicals City of Angels and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. His screenplays include Tootsie, Oh God!, Neighbors, and Not With My Wife You Don’t! But his most famous achievement is developing M.A.S.H. (based on the novel by Richard Hooker) for television. Gelbart died in 2009.
Christian Lebano directs. The Artistic Director of Sierra Madre Playhouse, his many directing credits include Woman in Mind (L.A. Times Critic’s Choice), Deathtrap (Ovation Award winner), The Glass Menagerie (Ovation Award nomination), A Christmas Story, 4000 Miles, Stuart Little and more. Also an actor, his stage appearances include Bee-luther-hatchee, Our Town, To Kill a Mockingbird, God’s Man in Texas and more.
“Gelbart was among the very best comedy writers ever produced in America.” – Mel Brooks
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Sly Fox. Staged reading of a play. Written by Larry Gelbart. Adapted from a play by Ben Jonson. Directed by Christian Lebano. Presented by Sierra Madre Playhouse will be performed on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Suggested donation: Five dollars. At Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. This is just east of Pasadena. There is ample parking on the street and in free lots behind the Playhouse and across the street. Reservations are not necessary. Phone: (626) 355-4318. Website: www.sierramadreplayhouse.org