Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Monomoy Theatre's "One Man, Two Guvnors" Review

Francis Henshall (Nate Healey), surrounded by Stanley Stubbers (Daniel Shea) and Rachel Crabbe (Caroline Jackson)
One Man, Two Guvnors is, without a doubt, one of the funniest plays I have ever seen. The play opens today at the Monomoy Theatre in downtown Chatham, and has made people laugh so hard that milk comes out of their noses (well, not really, but close). The play, directed by Terry Layman, runs until this Saturday.

Travel to Brighton, England, in 1963, where the story centers around Francis Henshall (Nate Healey), a man with two clients (or governors): Stanley Stubbers (Daniel Shea), who has murdered a man named Roscoe Crabbe; and Rachel Crabbe (Caroline Jackson), Roscoe's twin sister who is impersonating her brother. Oh, and she is also Stanley's girlfriend (which just makes things a whole lot more complicated). The play is mainly about Francis' struggle to keep his two governors from finding out about each other, while courting the lovely Dolly (Arlene Bozich) and blaming everything on his "dear friend" Paddy.

Kyle Brand, who choreographed last year's Damn Yankees and this year's The Drowsy Chaperone, as well as being in the latter, returned as Lloyd Boateng, a man of many talents who has come straight out of Brixton Prison, and is the only one who knows Rachel's secret.

So, expect fourth wall breaking, musical interludes, and comic relief to keep you going, in one of the Monomoy Theatre's best comedies!

Final Verdict: Such a funny play, with audience participation included!
Rating: 9/10
Age Recommendation: 13+ (adult situations and references)

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