One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean (2011)

Based on Carlo Goldoni’s A Servant of Two Masters (1746).

Charlie Clench (Pantalone)
Pauline Clench (Clarise)
Harry Dangle (Lombardi)
Alan (Silvio) – Harry’s son
Dolly (Smeraldina) – Pauline’s servant
Lloyd Boateng (Brighella)
Francis (Truffaldino)
Rachel Crabbe (Rachel Rasponi) – Brother of Roscoe Crabbe
Stanley Stubbers (Florindo)

ACT ONE

  • Scene One – Charlie’s House
  • Pauline and Alan just about to get married
  • Alan is the one Pauline wants
  • Charlie hilarious going on about “muvver”
  • As soon as set up done, the doorbell rings
  • Lloyd bears the news that Pauline was going to marry Roscoe
  • And then Roscoe appears, i.e., Rachel
  • Pauline wants Alan – not Roscoe
  • But Charlie wants her to marry Roscoe
  • Lloyd recognizes Rachel in disguise as Roscoe
  • Scene Two – The Cricketers Arms
  • Some backstory as an aside from Francis
  • Stanley meets Francis and hires him
  • Both Stanley and Rachel send Francis to the post office
  • Alan wants to see Francis’s Guv
  • Stanley and Alan talk
  • Alan says he saw Roscoe; Stanley thought he killed Roscoe
  • Alan gives Francis a threat for Roscoe
  • Francis puts letters in his pockets
  • Francis eats a letter
  • Stanley sees letter to Rachel, which he reads
  • Rachel see her letter has been opened
  • Charlie gives cash to Francis for Roscoe; Stanley grabs it
  • Scene Three – Charlie’s House
  • Pauline does not want to marry “Roscoe”
  • Rachel tells Pauline what’s going on
  • When they hug, Charlie sees it – thinks they’ve reconciled
  • Scene Four – Private rooms above Cricketers Arms
  • Stanley gives Francis a bunch of the cash to hang on to
  • The waiters
  • Francis gives cash to Rachel (Roscoe)
  • Alfie getting knocked down the stairs
  • Francis stashes food
  • Physical comedy mayhem
  • Alfie’s pacemaker

ACT TWO

  • Scene One – Charlie’s House
  • Alan getting pissed off
  • Thatcher joke
  • Scene Two – The Cricketers Arms
  • Francis and Dolly
  • Francis gets slapped
  • Scene Three – The Cricketers Arms
  • Word play
  • The diary
  • The identical twins joke
  • Scene Four – The Pier
  • Stanley and Rachel thinking the other is dead
  • Scene Five – Charlie’s House
  • Music

Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) by Suzan-Lori Parks (2014)

On first reading, immediately read it again.  And again.  A huge accomplishment.  And only 1/3 done.

Part 1: A Measure of a Man

  • Immediately into the action
  • Is Hero going to war or not?
  • The chorus is betting on whether he’ll go
  • The dog is missing
  • Hero will win his freedom if he goes
  • But Boss-Master has promised that before
  • Hero cut off Homer’s foot
  • Hero decides to go
  • Penny enters; she does not get why Hero is dressed in his uniform
  • In the morning he told Penny he wasn’t going
  • Penny guesses Boss-Master promised Hero his freedom
  • Hero’s dog brings him luck, and the dog has gone missing
  • Hero decides again not to go
  • The others worry what that will mean for them
  • To support the decision, Hero must harm himself
  • Hero is preparing to cut off his foot – then Homer enters
  • Homer and Hero were going to escape together
  • Boss-Master offered Hero freedom if he would reveal where Homer escaped to
  • Hero revealed it, but freedom but not given

Part 2: A Battle in the Wilderness

  • They are close to the battle lines
  • Singing together
  • Has Hero run off?
  • The discussion about how much Hero is worth
  • The Colonel’s speech on being white
  • Colonel says he is going to shoot Smith
  • Smith is wearing two Yankee coats
  • The Colonel leaves Hero and Smith alone
  • General Grant’s theatrics
  • Smith’s reveal
  • Hero’s concern that he won’t be worth anything if the North wins
  • Hero lets Smith escape but declines to join him

Part 3: The Union of My Confederate Parts

  • Ulysses returns
  • Penny goes