Monday, September 21, 2015

SCR’s 52nd Season Opens With Music and Mayhem

At South Coast Repertory on Friday, Sept. 18, there was pandemonium all around, with food flying, pants dropping, bosoms heaving and identities switching. The occasion was First Night of what has been called “the funniest play on the planet”—One Man, Two Guvnors.

As the skiffle band’s (known as The Craze) sounded it's last note, the Cast Party began, taking its theme (and its food, clothes and hairdos) from the Swingin’ Sixties in Brighton, England. To the beat of the British Invasion (early Beatles), with Union Jacks waving above, guests sipped cocktails and nibbled very “Brit” hors d’oeuvres, including bangers and mash, fish and chips and English tea biscuits.

All the while, pausing only to get their pictures snapped in the photo booth with fun 1960s props, playgoers couldn’t stop talking—and giggling—about the fractured farce they had just witnessed.

Honorary Producers Joan and Andy Fimiano found the show to be “unexpected fun, exciting talent and the skiffle band entertained from beginning to end. We had so much fun and it kept us energized all night.”

Mike Lewis, Regional Manager, Southern California Region of Corporate Honorary Producer US Bank agreed, saying "The play was a non-stop roller coaster of laughs. The main character was an amazingly talented and physical comedian!"

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