October 12- November 5, 2017
“Sly Fox” is a comedic play by Larry Gelbart, (best known as creator of TV’s “M*A*S*H” and as writer of the book for “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum).
“Sly Fox” is based on Ben Jonson’s 17th-century “Volpone,” but is now a farce set in 19th-century San Francisco, about a miser who pretends to be on his deathbed and takes advantage of three greedy opportunists by saying he will name one of them as his sole heir.
The show revolves around the character of the very wealthy Foxwell J. Sly, and his indentured servant Simon Able. Sly has the town duped into believing that he is dying, and four citizens vie for his inheritance. Jethro Crouch is willing to will away his son’s inheritance to Sly on the promise that he receives Sly’s money after Sly has died; Abner Truckle solicits his wife to Sly under the impression that it will sway Sly to name him as his heir; Lawyer Craven defends the dignity of Sly in court after the Captain discovers him molesting Mrs. Truckle, for the same promise of riches; Merrilee Fancy, the most popular harlot in the bay town, finds herself in the family way and hopes to marry Sly for his wealth. None of them realize the trick, and even Able, Sly’s closest confidant and student, is unable to outfox the master of deception.