ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS
It’s Brighton, England in 1963, and the mood is very hip and change is in the air. Lovable buffoon, Francis Henshall, wants to make his mark, but his insatiable appetites get in the way. Having recently been fired from a skiffle band, he finds himself employed by a small-time gangster Roscoe Crabbe, who is in Brighton to collect a fee from his fiancee’s gangster father. However, Roscoe is really Rachel, disguised as her own twin brother, who is in love with Stanley (Roscoe’s killer) who, in turn, becomes Francis’s other ‘guvnor.’ With mounting confusion, Francis goes out of his way to serve both bosses in this madcap, hilarious farce, infused with much physical comedy, audience participation, bawdy humor, and a live skiffle band on stage.
This is Richard Bean’s adaptation of The Servant of Two Masters by 18th-century Italian commedia dell-arte playwright, Carlo Goldoni. Commedia dell’arte was an early form of Italian theater where players would perform character types, often improvising a given premise, with various performance art such as music to entertain the audience in between scenes. One Man, Two Guvnors is in this same style, but using the mid-mod the early 60s as the setting. It’s cool; it’s shameless; it’s innocent; it’s bawdy! You’ll have a hilariously good time!
“Marc Ruffino’s production of this fast-paced farce was so entertaining and provided so much fun for the company and the audience alike…Comedic timing was spot on… Kudos to everyone involved!”
“My husband and I had so much fun seeing One Man, Two Guvnors! It was laugh out loud funny! The cast really seemed to enjoy putting on the show which made it that much more enjoyable, too. The musical interludes were great as well, showing both talent and humor. It was a terrific start to our weekend.”
“Smashing good show. Awesome acting. The energy expended was astonishing. Superb dancing, singing and instrumentals. Will heartily recommend to others.”
Director: Marc Ruffino
Marc Ruffino has been involved in theater for over 25 years. He has been an English teacher since 1995 and a high school director since 2000.
His first show with Aurora Players was in 2013, as he was cast as the murderous mastermind Tony Wendice in Dial M For Murder. Since then, Marc has performed in numerous plays for AP including Towards Zero, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Bus Stop. He also won three acting awards for his roles in Grease, Present Laughter, and Amateurs.
Marc has also appeared on stage with Lancaster Opera House, Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, Rocking Horse Productions, and Shakespeare in Delaware Park. This is his first time directing for AP, but he directed this show for Hamburg High School in 2017, but, of course, a much tamer version. He is very much looking forward to bringing this hysterical show to the AP stage.