Colorado College / England / junior year / London

One Man, Two Guvnors

So…

Tonight we watched a performance I was quite looking forward to. One Man, Two Guvnors is based on a comedy by Carlo Goldoni, written in 1743. Originally titled A Servant of Two Masters, the setting of the original work is based in Italy, but this comedy is more appropriate for the British audience – thus it is set in Brighton, 1963.

the Theatre building

the Theatre building

Theatre Royal Haymarket

Theatre Royal Haymarket

One Man, Two Guvnors

One Man, Two Guvnors

The play was hilarious, and the actor who portrayed the title character Francis (Truffaldino in the original play) had perfect comedic timing. Since we did not read the text in class, we did not know that one of the audience members brought on stage was actually a plant. I’m glad for her because the actress played her part perfectly, down to the humiliation when she is sprayed down with a fire extinguisher on stage! At that moment I definitely agreed with her saying that she “should have gone to see War Horse“.

the stage

the stage

a 4-man band?

a 4-man band?

Overall the actors had perfect comedic timing, and the two actual audience members who were brought on stage improvised quite well. The intermission performances between set (and scene) changes were also entertaining, with different actors coming on stage to showcase their talent. The night ended perfectly with us girls sharing a large chocolate cake for midnight snack!

yummy chocolate cake for midnight snack!

yummy chocolate cake for midnight snack!

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