By Carey Purcell
16 Dec 2013
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Translated by Rodney Ackland, Too Clever By Half is is directed by Tony nominee Daniel Sullivan.
Described as "an anarchic, side-splitting satire about a smooth-talking opportunist and his ruthless climb to the top," the reading features Steven Boyer (I'm Not Rappaport), Tony nominee Larry Bryggman (Proof, Picnic), Marylouise Burke (Is He Dead? Into the Woods), Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh (Golda's Balcony, Lend Me a Tenor), Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening), Grace Gummer (Arcadia, The Columnist), Tony winner Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cinderella), Mimi Lieber (The Snow Geese, The Merchant of Venice), David Pittu (Is He Dead?, LoveMusik), Kate Skinner (The Graduate, Uncle Vanya) and Tony winner Stephen Spinella (Angels in America, Spring Awakening).
Here's how the work is billed: "Moscow, 1874. An impoverished, sharp-witted social climber, Gloumov, is determined to deceive his way to the top of society with a mixture of cunning and flattery. This young opportunist's quest to marry a wealthy woman and acquire a simple yet lucrative job sees him catering to all the absurd vanities of the rich - all the while recording his devilish schemes, not to mention opinions of everyone in society — in a salacious private diary."