Freyda Thomas's The Gamester is a sexy, high stakes comedy in which every turn of the roulette wheel reveals naughty dalliances and scandalous situations. Based on Jean-Francois Regnard's Le Joueur, the play is directed by Bay Area native Ron Lagomarsino, who directed the original productions of Driving Miss Daisy and The Last Night of Ballyhoo.
In The Gamester, the odds are stacked against Valère: a compulsive gambler, he loves the beautiful and rich Angélique, but she refuses to marry him unless he puts an end to his wild lifestyle. Having to endure the protests of a father who disapproves of his mounting debts, the advances of a wealthy older madam who refuses to stay out of his life and his bed, and the competition of a lecherous uncle whose heart is also set on Angélique, Valère is forced to choose between his battling twin addictions: the games and the girl. Written in rhyming verse, The Gamester infuses its turn-of-the-17th-century Parisian setting with ultra-modern humor and delicious double entendres.
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