One Man, Two Guvnors
Written by Richard Bean
Directed by Robert Seale
November 15-17 and November 22-24
Performances begin at 7:30 pm, Saturday Matinees at 1:00 pm
Lower Denton Theatre
The world of "One Man, Two Guvnors," mixes the criminally seedy with the pompously posh. Pratfalls, spit takes, puns, improvisation, slamming doors, audience participation, double entendres and triple takes: “One Man, Two Guvnors” leaves no comic stone unturned.
That shouldn’t imply any lack of genuine wit in the broad farce and bawdy humor of “One Man, Two Guvnors.” An ideal farce requires events to be unfolding mostly in a state of blind panic, but “One Man, Two Guvnors” strikes an ingenious balance between meticulous planning and what plays like anarchic spontaneity.
This production owes no obedience to theatrical tropes, so there's no need to brush up on Commedia dell'Arte, Christmas Pantos, or Music Hall ditties to enjoy “One Man, Two Guvnors.” Even in the 1700s people knew a bit about the gig economy. And like our current times, our leading character knows a good gig when he scores it. And you'll know that as you're laughing at it. . .
“Splendidly silly” Ben Brantley, The New York Times
"An evening of riotous delight" Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph
“Joyously liberating” David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
"Bubbles over with humour" Henry Hitchings, The Evening Standard
"One massive hit" Paul Taylor, The Independent
“Some serious laughs” Ruth Myles, The Calgary Herald
A Newfoundland Adaptation by Andy Jones
Directed by Michael Devine
March 21-23 and 28-30
Performances begin at 7:30; Saturday Matinees begin at 1:00 pm
Lower Denton Theatre
Molière’s Tartuffe travels to Acadia via Newfoundland
One of the world’s most beloved comedies comes to the Acadia Theatre Company in March 2019! J-B Molière’s famous comedy of moral hypocrisy is transferred to pre-World War II Newfoundland in an adaptation by legendary Newfoundland comedian Andy Jones. Directed by Acadia’s Michael Devine, who worked in Newfoundland as the Artistic Director of Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador and as a co-founder of the Gros Morne Theatre Festival, Andy Jones’ Tartuffe takes the characters of Molière’s 17th century French comedy and transplants them to a pre-Confederation Newfoundland outport, where the language is as salty as the ocean air and religious humbuggery arrives in the form of a new priest. Developed in Cupids, Newfoundland and first produced at the National Arts Centre, Tartuffe gives audiences the rich and distinctive character of Newfoundland and its people—and an evening of uproarious laughter.