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One Man, Two Guvnors - Qualified Perceptions
One Man, Two Guvnors
This was the Lyric Stage's season opener, a modern version of Servant of Two Masters. I normally think of myself as preferring wit to slapstick, but despite being closer to the latter, this was really funny. Silly. Hilariously noodleheaded.

There were also lots of musical numbers, at all the scene changes and before the show started - they didn't really seem to fit, (and sometimes it was hard to hear all the words) but I was amused by them nonetheless. (The last song was about the show, so it tied together eventually, but it was just as good without any connection at all).

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chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: September 12th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I should remember to consider going when the Lyric has musicals. Yay enjoying yourself.

ladymondegreen From: ladymondegreen Date: September 12th, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm guessing that the music hall numbers were intended as interstitchal entertainment, and not as commentary on the plot.

I was sad to miss this in New York. One of these days I will finally see it.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: September 13th, 2013 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree, the songs were interstitial entertainment - I wouldn't really count it as a musical in the classic sense. (Though technically the last song was musical-esque, as it was sung in character, or maybe meta-in-character).

It wasn't that I was confused by why they were singing about the Columbine River when there was no river in the show, it was that I was confused because I'm not used to plays that have the actors sing random musical numbers during all the set changes. :)

Edited at 2013-09-13 01:57 am (UTC)
fredrickegerman From: fredrickegerman Date: September 16th, 2013 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Just to make things more confusing, the songs appeared to have been composed by the authors of the show for use in the show.
ironrat From: ironrat Date: September 16th, 2013 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
DC Shakespeare Theatre did that last year (or was it 2 years ago) and I enjoyed it. It's good to see old school slapstick every so often, lest I get too highbrow!
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