Fern Siegel: Stage Door: One Man, Two Guvnors, End of the Rainbow
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
There is a laugh riot at The Music Box, a British import that pays homage to commedia dell' arte with a modern twist. One Man, Two Guvnors is simply the funniest play on Broadway. From its stupendously silly one-liners -- "first names are for girls and Norwegians" -- to its outrageously silly plot, the show is a triumph of slapstick and satire.
It's set in Brighton, England, in 1963. Francis Henshall (the brilliant James Corden) has been sacked from his skiffle band and grabs two jobs: becoming the manservant of gangster Roscoe/Rachel Crabbe (Jemima Rooper) and Rachel's boyfriend Stanley Stubbers (Oliver Chris). Neither employer is aware of the other -- and keeping track of their demands is a template for comic joy.
Throw in a side plot, where Roscoe must marry Pauline (Claire Lams), already engaged to over-the-top actor (Daniel Rigby), whose affectations are priceless, and the wackiness is complete. There are gags, visual and verbal, nonstop humor and even the occasiona
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