One Man, Two Guvnors | Court Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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MICHAEL BROSILOW

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 12 2016
Price: $48-$68
Charles Newell's hilarious, nearly flawless direction of Richard Bean's modern adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's 1753 farce is a case where everything goes right. The ensemble (a collection of Chicago’s A-list actors at the top of their game) is first-rate, Mara Blumenfeld’s mod-inspired costumes are delightful, and Collette Pollard's set is both eye-pleasing and integral to the show’s postmodern comic conceit (that the audience is reminded at all times that they are watching a play, even as they are drawn into the story). Set in Brighton, England, in 1963, the show evokes the spirit of both commedia dell'arte and the mad, mod world of an early-60s Richard Lester romp. Grant Olding's British Invasion-inspired songs (performed by the cast) are icing on the cake. —Jack Helbig
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