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What Is the Story of One Man, Two Guvnors?
In the British seaside town of Brighton, Francis Henshall has just been fired from his skiffle band. Despondent and desperate for fish and chips, Henshall ends up in the employ of Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time hood from the East End of London. But it turns out that “Roscoe” is really his twin sister Rachel in disguise, because Roscoe was murdered by Rachel’s boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. As fate would have it, Stanley is also hiding out in Brighton and waiting to be reunited with Rachel, and employs Henshall, as well. In order to keep both his jobs Henshall, who is also working on a romance of his own, must keep his two guvnors from discovering each other.
What Is One Man, Two Guvnors Like?
A fresh take on the classic farce A Servant of Two Masters, One Man, Two Guvnors presents slapstick at its finest, with actors falling down stairs, slamming doors, making double entendre and interacting with the audience. This is not a particularly highbrow brand of comedy, full of silly alliteration and yes, poop jokes. The play is a tour-de-comic-force for the actor playing Francis Henshall, who has free rein to chat with and enlist help from the audience. Music is an integral part of the show, which has its very own band, the Craze, on stage. The skiffle-influenced music (think bluegrass mixed with early rock ‘n’ roll) is performed by four musicians reminiscent of the early Beatles. They perform a pre-show concert and return to the stage between scenes, often joined by an actor or two.
Is One Man, Two Guvnors Good for Kids?
There is a bit of blue humor in this show, but nothing goes past a PG-13 rating, and most of the raunchy jokes would go over youngsters’ heads. Two actors drop their pants at one point, there is a briefly mimed sex act and a four-letter word or two, but the objectionable content is pretty mild, and couched in comedy. A lot of the intricate mistaken-identity comedy would be lost on very young kids, but tweens and older would love the broad humor.