Sly Fox
Reviewed by David Kashimba
Photo by Ron Severdia

Ross Valley Players presents a very bawdy comedy directed by Phoebe Moyer. An adaptation of Ben Jonsonís 1605 play Valpone, Larry Gelbartís Sly Fox is set in California during the gold rush in the 1800s. Gelbartís version, as performed by Marin Countyís Ross Valley Players, places the emphasis on the comic aspects of its greed-consumed characters, virtually eliminating the moral vehemence lurking in the original scenes created by Jonson.

This isnít to suggest that the play suffers from these changes. The comic abilities of an all star cast keeps you laughing from beginning to end. When the main character Foxwell J. Sly (David Alan Moss) says: ďNever think too little of people. Thereís always less to be thought.Ē He not only paints a picture of every character in the play, including himself, he also displays the sheer joy and energy he derives from his cunning fox like ways of stealing other peoples gold which he sees as god with an l.

Long time fans of Ross Valley Players will get a kick out of Alex Rossí character, the miserly Jethro Crouch. His facial expressions alone will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter, but he also has some of the best comic lines. When a woman comes to visit the widower of 40 years, sheís disgusted to find a dead cat curled up on his living room rug. Crouchís response is, do you know how much it costs to feed a live one? And when she asks him why heís never remarried, he simply answers that he could never find anyone that fit in his deceased wifeís clothes.

Warning! A lot of the jokes are very adult in nature and the theme is not a very positive role model for children. But it is very funny adult entertainment with a great high-energy cast.

For tickets or more information call (415) 456-9555 or visit www.rossvalleyplayers.org.

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