For those of you not fluent in British, "guvnor" means boss, or master. The one man in this case is Francis, a lovable bumbling idiot who's mostly concerned about his next meal. His two "guvnors" are both involved in a recent crime and trying to avoid the cops. Francis is a bit over his head as he tries to keep all of his assigned tasks straight, and keep the two guvnors from finding out about each other. To try to describe the plot would be foolish, suffice it to say we've got mistaken identities, cross-dressing, murders, engagements, mobsters, and long walks off short piers.
|the cast/band of One Man, Two Guvnors (photo by Justin Cox)|
|Ryan Lear and Jason Ballweber (photo by Justin Cox)|
More wonderful people in the cast (many of whom pull double duty as multiple characters, some only onstage for a moment) are: Marika Proctor, a delight as the other guvnor, Stanley's girlfriend Rachel in disguise as her dead brother Roscoe; the hilarious Elise Langer as the dim-witted bride to be, all innocent blinks and big expressions; Sam Landman as her gum-chomping gangster father who breaks down every time he mentions his absent wife; Neal Skoy as the overly dramatic actor boyfriend; Tristan Tifft with some incredibly physical comedy as a really old waiter; Elena Glass as the sweet-singing mobster's secretary; Peter Simmons as the disgruntled father of the groom and a busy waiter; Warren C. Bowles as an ex-con; and the third of the Four Humors, Brant Miller, singing and playing guitar in all the musical numbers.
|Elena Glass and Jason Ballweber (photo by Justin Cox)|
Now in their 9th season and with a loyal fan base, Yellow Tree Theatre tends to sell out their comedies. For that reason, One Man, Two Guvnors has been extended through May 21. Get your ticket before they're all gone! Unless you're averse to laughing for 2+ hours straight, then by all means, stay out of Osseo until the danger has passed.