The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez (2018)

300 pages.  A lot of hugely overheated and improbable melodrama, where street prostitutes write novels and billionaires give away homes and playwrights become rich and buy new cars off the lot for an impulsive road trip.  Almost feels like a princess book.  The voiceover narration seems like an easy way out.  The essence of the writer’s statement seems to be: “I want to be rich and escape Florida.”  Which is understandable.  Pretty hollow though.  Still quite an effort.

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