Volpone Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 27 2011

Kingsley Day's era-appropriate ballads lend a mild 1920s whimsy to Ben Jonson's 400-year-old comic masterpiece about a con man's comeuppance. But what Sheldon Patinkin's uneven production really needs is a dose of Boardwalk Empire to draw out the tension between the superficial zest of the cons and the underlying malevolence of Jonson's world. Still, the sardonic intelligence of the dialogue comes through. Don Bender and Eric Damon Smith deliver surefooted performances as the foxy title character and Mosca, his even more devious manservant. Alex Shotts is appropriately slimy as Corvino, a husband who's perfectly willing to be cuckolded if it will get him into Volpone's will. --Kerry Reid

Price: $18-$25

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