Creators rate their ‘Fox’

Dreyfuss draws comparisons

The critics may have been all over the place with their Friday reviews of the “Sly Fox” revival. But at Thursday’s Broadway opening, no one knew better than the playwright, Larry Gelbart, and the show’s original director, Arthur Penn, who has reprised that duty.

How did Richard Dreyfuss, the current Sly Fox, compare to his illustrious predecessors in the title role?

At Tavern on the Green, Gelbart thought back over 27 years to offer a few capsule reviews on George C. Scott, Robert Preston and Jackie Gleason, whom he termed “gastric.”

Penn had slightly longer, if not totally different, takes on predecessors, terming Scott “overwhelming” and the current Fox “the artful dodger.”

One first-nighter had no choice but to project herself forward. Susan Stroman, who directs Dreyfuss when “The Producers” goes to London this fall, confessed to seeing him in that role “all the time I was watching the Sly Fox.”

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