The Theater: Rare Fox

VOLPONE by Ben Jonson

Ben Jonson's Fox may be the most avaricious character in literature, but to say that Volpone is about greed is like saying that King Lear is a study of the generation gap. What Jonson was writing about was not the pursuit of money, but power and the manipulation of human failings. Volpone is not only the most avaricious man who ever walked across a stage; he is also the most cynical. He has an infallible divining rod for everyone's weakness—and most especially his own.

Yet Volpone is not only evil but endlessly beguiling, and in this magnificent production at...

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