Stepping Out

PA Players opens 'One Man' Friday

Palo Alto Players closes its 2018-2019 season with the British farce “One Man, Two Guvnors,” scheduled Friday through June 30 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

Richard Bean’s comedy is a mash-up of mistaken identities, slapstick and song based on the “The Servant of Two Masters.” “One Man” was a hit in London and New York and made a star of British actor James Corden.

“I knew nothing about the show when it landed on Broadway back in 2012, but I did eventually see it at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and immediately wanted to produce it for Palo Alto Players,” said artistic director Patrick Klein, who helms the show. “It fits perfectly in the Lucie Stern Theatre, and I love that the show is full of juicy comedic characters, each one with ridiculous motivations.”

Set in swinging 1960s England, “One Man” follows recently fired and desperately hungry Francis Henshall, who finds himself employed by small-time gangster Roscoe Crabbe. However, confusion ensues as it is revealed that Roscoe is actually Rachel, his sister, who is in love with Roscoe’s killer Stanley Stubbers – Francis’ other “guvnor.” Francis goes out of his way to serve both bosses, but with the distractions of a pneumatic bookkeeper, a self-important actor, select members of the criminal fraternity and his own mammoth appetite to contend with, how long can he keep them apart?

The cast of 11 includes Doug Santana (as Francis Henshall), Katie O’Bryon Champlin (Rachel Crabbe) and Brad Satterwhite (Stanley Stubbers).

Klein’s creative team includes Zoe Stanton-Savitz (assistant director), Lauren Bevilacqua (music direction), Ben Hemmen (lighting design), Patricia Tyler (costume design), Gwyneth Price-Ramos (wig design), Scott Ludwig (properties design), Grant Huberty (sound design) and Carla Pantoja (physical comedy direction). Klein also serves as scenic designer.

Performances are slated 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Friday’s show is a preview and Saturday is opening night. The Lucie Stern Theatre is located at 1305 Middlefield Road.

Tickets are $25-$52.

For tickets and more information, call 329-0891 or visit paplayers.org.

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