The most representative character in Ben Jonson's satire on greed is Sir Epicure Mammon, the lip-smacking, self-deluded fop. Actor Ken Ruta fills every molecule of Epicure with dripping, sensual hunger, and he's the best reason to see this show. In long gray hair, papery skin, a sparkling dandy jacket, and what looks like a fine tablecloth for pants, Epicure describes elaborate fantasies of succubae, dolphin-milk butter, and "oiléd mushrooms." His lusts have convinced him a sly commoner in a London mansion can make him rich by brewing some gold in a laboratory. But the alchemist is just a butler, a scam artist using his boss' empty mansion to separate a few suckers... More >>>
A Queasy, Up-to-Date Portrait of Greed: Sharon Lockwood, Audrey Ann Smith, and Geoff Hoyle in The Alchemist.