An adaptation of a Puccini opera based on a story referred to in The Divine Comedy—sounds awfully highbrow, doesn’t it? But John Morogiello’s take on Gianni Schicchi is exceedingly accessible, requiring knowledge neither of dead Italian composers nor dead Italian poets. Morogiello is both playwright and title character, a cunning farmer in pre-Renaissance Florence who aids a noble family after its patriarch dies and bequeaths all his fortune to a monastic order. Morogiello commands the stage, to be sure, but the biggest laughs come from Terence Aselford’s Betto and Scott Courlander’s Marco—a drunken old kleptomaniac and a swaggering young boy toy, respectively. You won’t need your liberal-arts education to chortle when Schicchi pulls back the curtains of a canopy bed to reveal Marco participating in a certain canine-invoking sexual act with his own cousin’s wife.
J.T. BURIAN THEATRICALS AND THE GEORGETOWN THEATRE COMPANY PERFORM GIANNI SCHICCHI 2 P.M. SUNDAYS (ALSO 8 P.M. FRIDAYS AND 2 AND 8 P.M. SATURDAYS) TO NOV. 28 AT THE RANDOLPH ROAD THEATER, 4010 RANDOLPH RD., SILVER SPRING. $25. (800) 838-3006.