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."
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