Ben Johnson’s satirical Volpone, first performed over 400 years ago, still entertains as a cynical exposure of greed. In Red Bull Theater’s current version, Stephen Spinella plays the title role as a fey farceur with a padded crotch and a kind of graceful vulgarity as he feigns illness and near death to squeeze gifts from the people who hope to be his inheritors. All give expensive tributes and parade their greed, with the connivance of Mosca (Cameron Folman), chief assistant and parasite to Volpone.
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