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"One Man, Two Guvnors": Winter Play in Black Box This Week
"One Man, Two Guvnors": Winter Play in Black Box This Week

The St. Mark's Theater Arts Department will be presenting the annual Winter Play, One Man, Two Guvnors, this week in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Black Box Theater. There will be evening performances on Wednesday, February 27; Thursday, February 28; and Friday, March 1. There will also be a Saturday matinee performance on March 2.

One Man, Two Guvnors was written by veteran English playwright Richard Bean. It is an adaptation of the 18th century Italian Commedia dell'arte-style play Il servitore di due padroni (The Servant of Two Masters) by Carlo Goldoni. Bean's comedy replaces the Italian period setting of the original with 1963 Brighton in the U.K.

Directed by Mr. Christopher Kent, the St. Mark's productions features Ilia Rebechar '20, Anu Akibu '20, Angela Li '19, Elise Gobron '22, Alex Sumner '20, Alex Chen '21, Kevin Takayama '22, Reevie Fenstermacher '19, Will Lu '20, Michael Ferlisi '22, Rebecca Wu '22, Lina Zhang '22, and Luke Lee '20. Jenny Tang '20 and Lowell Fenstermacher '22 are the stage managers. Henry Hunt '22 handles lighting design, while Aidan White '19, Nathan Laudani '19, Stephanie Moon '19, , Lucy Zheng '19, and Gift Paekul '19 make up the stage crew.

One Man, Two Guvnors is the story of out-of-work skiffle player Francis Henshall, who becomes separately employed by two men—Roscoe Crabbe, a gangster, and Stanley Stubbers, an upper class twit. Francis tries to keep the two from meeting, in order to avoid each of them learning that Francis is also working for someone else. Complicating events, Roscoe is really Rachel Crabbe in disguise, her twin brother Roscoe having been killed by her boyfriend, who is none other than Stanley. Complicating events still further is local mobster Charlie the Duck, who has arranged his daughter Pauline's engagement to Roscoe despite her preference for over-the-top amateur actor Alan Dangle. Even further complications are prompted by several letters, a very heavy trunk, several unlucky audience volunteers, an extremely elderly waiter and Francis' pursuit of his twin passions: Dolly (Charlie's feminist bookkeeper) and food.

Crazy, I know. You'll have to see it to understand (and enjoy) this delightful comedy.

Email Mr. Kent at christopherkent@stmarksschool.org to reserve seats, as space is limited.