Successful comedy is hard work, and no one in NYC is working harder than James Corden, the furiously funny star of the National Theatre of Great Britain production, One Man, Two Guvnors currently playing at The Music Box theater.
One Man, Two Guvnors is set in the seaside community of Brighton in the early 1960s where Mr. Corden plays an unemployed chap named Francis Henshall. While sitting outside a pub lamenting his lack of funds and food, Francis is offered not one, but two jobs. Being greedy and bit dim, Francis takes both jobs, which leads to all manner of nonsensical complications.
One Man, Two Guvnors (guvnor is English slang for employer) draws on every low form of comedy, cross dressing, mistaken identity, pratfalls, improvisation, slapstick, and farce. There is even touch of vaudeville with musical interludes by the excellent four man band The Craze.
British humor frequently doesn’t translate to American audiences despite the common language! But One Man, Two Guvnors speaks the universal language of guffaws! This show is a must see!
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus