Incidents in the Wicked Life of Moll Flanders

If you’re looking for a play of pure fun and a little debauchery this production is entertainment you won’t want to miss. Under the Direction of Ellen Brooks, this marvelous cast let their hair down and showed imagination and creativity with great hilarity in their performances!  See it before it closes, June 16, 2019!

Adapted for stage by Jennifer Le Blanc from a book written by Daniel Defoe in 1722, this production is set in 17th Century London, England. We are witness to Newgate Prison-life and the carefree-life of thieves, pirates, and scoundrels – all of whom teach poor Moll (born in Newgate) how to live large on the outside without regret! The twists and turns/ins and outs of 40+ years in the life of this beautiful seductress keep the audience entranced and laughing.

Moll Flanders is exquisitely portrayed by Amber Collins Crane with marvelous performances by her cohorts in love and learning, starting with Mother (nicely performed by Carolyn Beach); Christopher (excellent performance by Jack Clendenen); Shelley Lynn Johnson (wonderfully portraying the Mayoress); Dan Schwager (quite effective as the Jail Keeper); Naomi Bowers (very good as Miss); Stephen Dietz (marvelous as the seduced Banker); Sonia Gambhir (notable as a Lady); Tina Marzell (as the sensitive Nurse); Kenneth Matis (excellent as the Brother); Robert Molossi (believable as Jemy); and Peter Warden (very effective as Robin).

Costuming was beautifully designed by Michael A. Berg. The Set Design (by Ron Krempetz), Set Construction (by Michael Walraven), and Scenic Artistry/Property Design (by Dhyanis) were all perfectly created for ease of action and scene changes coordinated by Stage Manager Maureen Scheuenstuhl and Assistant Stage Manager Lyra Lambert. The set design was also perfectly conducive to the action with Fight Direction by Richard Lane and Fight Captain Jack Clendenen, as well as dance coordination by Dance Captain Sonia Gambhir.  Hearing the dialogue was often difficult, whether because of no microphones being worn or no stage mics being used. Otherwise, sound effects and music were good, as designed by Billie Cox.  Lighting was effectively nuanced as designed by Ellen Brooks.

Ross Valley Playhouse is always superbly managed and welcoming.

By Elle Alexa Simon
With Flora Lynn Isaacson, Critic, San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle

Incidents in the Wicked Life of Moll Flanders opened May 24th and will continue through June 16th, 2019. Performances are Thursdays (7:30PM); Fridays and Saturdays (8:00PM); and Sunday Matinees (2:00PM).

Tickets may be purchased online at or call 800/838-9555, and tickets for School Groups, call 415-456-9555, ext. 1.  All performances take place at The Barn, home of the Ross Valley Players, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Ross.

Coming up next at Ross Valley Players:  Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley and Directed by Patrick Nims, July 12 through August 11, 2019.