One Man, Two Guvnors

In award-winning playwright Richard Bean’s adaptation of Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni's classic “The Servant of Two Masters,” the dimwitted manservant typical in Italian comedies wears a loud double-breasted suit. Set in 1960’s Brighton, England, the attire in the international hit One Man, Two Guvnors is already funny in its own dated period way, as are the characters’ names, contrived pratfalls and bawdy talk, all with broad, giddily still-dangerous class-conscious consequences and plot twists. It’s hilarious theater-with-a-message 300 years later, also song (skiffle band) and dance. Fun facts: Playwright Bean worked in both psychology and stand-up, perhaps simultaneously. And the longwinded “Harry Dangle” (love those names) is played in South Coast Rep’s production by the legendary John-David Keller, the troupe’s most long-serving, uh, member.

Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 11. Continues through Oct. 11, 2015

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