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One Man Two Govenors

From: John B.
Sent on: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 3:59 AM

This live theater production has moved from London to New York.  Below is a review by a New York Times critic.  These critics are usually cynical.  Not this time!

James Corden hilariously crosses pond in 'One Man, Two Guvnors'

April 23, 2012|By Charles McNulty | Los Angeles Times Theater Critic

James Corden in "One Man, Two Guvnors" at the Music Box. (Joan Marcus )

NEW YORK -- The old "contents may have shifted during flight" warning seemed especially worrying for "One Man, Two Guvnors," the London smash from the National Theatre of Great Britain that opened last week on Broadway.
Although the play by Richard Bean is a freehand adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's 18th century classic "The Servant of Two Masters," a commedia-dell'arte-inspired romp with timeless bona fides, not everyone was certain whether the production's British humor style would tickle American audiences. Well, to go by the gales of laughter pouring out of the Music Box Theatre on West 45th Street, the gags, jokes and pratfalls, under the unerring direction of Nicholas Hytner (with assistance from "physical comedy director" Cal McCrystal) have lost none of their potency in the overseas voyage. In fact, the last time I heard laughter this uproarious in the theater, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick were firing Mel Brooks’ zingers in "The Producers" and grown men were convulsing in fits of silliness.

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