‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ delivers brilliant buffoonery

ENTB_OneManTwo_0919

Slamming doors, mistaken identities, slapstick pratfalls and grandiose buffoonery await you at the Lyric Stage Company’s blisteringly funny production of “One Man, Two Guvnors.”

Based on the 18th century comedia dell’arte piece “The Servant of Two Masters,” “Guvnors” tells the tale of a goofy manservant working for two bosses — one a woman disguised as her dead brother, the other his killer. There’s also a host of dimwits, including a buxom brunette and an elderly waiter with a faulty pacemaker. All fall in line with a wacky plot that drives the madness onward.

The fate of this show lies squarely in the hands of the titular One Man at the center of it all, Neil Casey as Francis Henshall. The local actor proves he’s right for the job, as he breaks the fourth wall with a sly smile and a gleam in his eye, inviting the audience on an epic journey to find food — and then love.

At the close of Act I, when Henshall is charged with serving dinner to both his Guvnors at the same time, Casey casts comic magic as he single-handedly escalates the scene to a side-splittingly frantic pace. At this performance his improv banter with the audience was so funny that members of the cast — and band — struggled to maintain composure.

Due credit is owed, however, to Alfie (John Davin), an 87-year-old waiter who takes all the punches and always seems to be on the wrong side of slamming doors. Davin channels Jackie Wright (the little old bald guy on the “Benny Hill Show”) in his brilliant display of physical comedy.

The entire talented ensemble (nods to Aimee Doherty and Alejandro Simoes, as buxom bookkeeper Dolly and wannabe actor Ala, respectively) shines in this rollicking comedy of errors that all prove right.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Bloomberg launches $50 million anti-gun violence effort

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million on a grassroots anti-gun violence network to challenge the National Rifle Association.

Local

East Village woman fights off rape attempt from…

An East Village woman fought off an attempted rapist that she woke to find standing on her bed over the weekend, police said.

International

Nearly 300 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.

Local

Police look for man suspected of threatening Muslim…

Police seek man suspected of calling a teen Muslim girl a "terrorist" and spitting on her multiple times while on a Queens bus.

The Word

Paul Walker's brothers will replace him in 'Fast…

Ever since a car crash took Paul Walker's life, fans have wondered what the "Fast & Furious" franchise would do without one of its most beloved stars.

Television

'Orphan Black's' Jordan Gavaris talks Felix's Season 2…

Jordan Gavaris plays heroically helpful foster sibling Felix to main clone Sarah on "Orphan Black." We talked to him about what’s ahead for him in…

Going Out

Accomplice Tour: New York (Spoiler Alert)

When I signed up for the Accomplice show tour, I had no idea what I was in for. But every grimy job comes with a great reward.

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, April 15: 'New Girl,'…

'New Girl' Nick and Jess are hiding their breakup from the other loft residents. And Winston passes the police academy exam! That guy needed some…

NFL

Jets confident despite Chris Johnson leaving with no…

Jets fans clamored for a playmaker on offense all offseason. It looked like they were going to land that player on Tuesday when Chris Johnson…

NBA

Knicks, Nets rivalry never materialized despite national attention

When the NBA schedule was released, the league anticipated an intense rivalry between the Nets and Knicks with all four games slated for national TV.

NBA

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could…

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could the Mavericks surprise?

NHL

Top 5 New York storylines for Rangers-Flyers playoff…

The Rangers and Flyers have a long history of animosity toward each other. Now they get to rekindle that rivalry in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Home

Steal home decorating tips from Nattystyle blogger Natalie…

Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets…

Home

How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…

Style

Personalize your massage at a private practice

CityTouch customizes spa treatments to meet client's needs.

Style

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show moving to England

It will still broadcast on CBS this fall.