Ben Jonson's The Alchemist
THE STORY: LONDON. 1610. It’s plague time again. When a wealthy gentleman flees to the country, his trusted servant opens his house to a pair of con artists and sets up a den of criminal capitalism. Claiming alchemical powers, the quick-witted trio fleece an onslaught of greedy sheep with their virtuosic ability to improvise amidst increasingly frantic comings and goings. It’s comic gold with dupes, double-dupes, duels, disguises, and a lucky flea named “Lewis”.
“A giddy whirl, sweeter and less cynical than the original.” —Vulture. “Shenanigans and slapstick ensue, spiced with an abundance of saucy double, and sometimes single entendres.” —The New York Times. “A crackling new adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher.” —Theatermania.