A vibrant, brisk play for adults and young adults.
Tom Jones was a foundling...a loser from birth..."born to
be hung." Everthing he touched turned to leador fell
on his foot. This smooth-flowing dramatization of the famed 18th
century novel portrays the rowdy, bawdy, racy plot and raucous
characters that made Henry Fielding famous and the movie version
a box-office champion.
Tom, the illegitimate ward of Squire Allworthy, is in love with
his beautiful neighbor, Sophia. Although Sophia's father admires
and envies Tom for his reputation as a brawling, womanizing, thieving
daredevil, he wouldn't consider allowing his daughter to marry
such a scoundrel. Instead, Sophia is betrothed to Blifil, Allworthy's
sniveling heir. Since Tom is seduced by most of the women and
nearly murdered by all the men, it's not surprising to find him
on the gallows at the end of this fast-paced comedy.
Although the play has strong farcical content,
it also has elements of honest drama and romance. Fielding's novel
has lived as a classic because of the author's perceptive analysis
of human nature, with its inherent hypocrisy, selfishness, boorishness,
and indifference toward the welfare of others. These characteristics
have been captured in the play; the director and actors are urged
to seek them out in the script and point them up in staging the