Book: Paperback | 28 x 28mm | 110 pages | ISBN 9781585674510 | 28 Oct 2003 | Overlook | 18 - AND UP
Fortune's Fool had its Broadway premiere a century and a half after it was written (1848) and proceeded to win two Tony Awards for the highly acclaimed performances of its stars, Alan Bates and Frank Langella, as well as a Tony nomination for best play.
Set in the Russian countryside of grand houses and serfs, the play depicts the tragicomic events precipitated by the return of a young heiress to her family estate. As the members of the household bait and react to each other, the first act ends in a stunning revelation that will impact all the principals. In the bittersweet conclusion, everyone must pick up the pieces and move on with their lives.
"Reshaped in Mike Poulton's well-spoken adaptation . . . Fortune's Fool is blessed with the sort of dazzling, quick-stroke character portraits one associates with Turgenev." (Ben Brantley, The New York Times)
"A mix of wit and heart that many of today's comic writers would do well to study." (Elysa Gardner, USA Today)